This memorial stone and plaque is located in the Springvale Cemetery and commemorates the old Springvale Cemetery Railway line that ran off the main Dandenong line at Springvale. The line was opened in 1904, it was original used by steam hauled trains and was later electrified in 1922. The last train ran in 1947, and the line closed in 1951.
The carriage depicted here, had sockets for the train jumper cable to go into, so that all driver functions on the front went through the Mortuary carriage to the passenger carriages. They would put it in the consist of a suburban electric train and run it from the City to the Cemetery, the mourners would travel in the carriages while the bodies were transported in the special Mortuary Carriages. There is a restored carriage just in side the Fawkner Cemetery, or as they are now called, Fawkner Memorial Park. It is on the left, just as you cross the railway line, beside the DOWN platform.
Above the carriage can be seen the Train Staff for the section, it is metal with the names of the stations on it, in this case it would have Springvale and Spring Vale Cemetery written on the right hand side, while on the left, the end was hollow, with a lug inside it, while on the outside rim, you can see a small cutaway on the rim, that forms part of the key function. It would be placed in the staff Box, to unlock it and access the Train Staff Ticket Book. If more than one train was to go on the line, the first train would get a ticket, and after receiving notice the train had arrived, the second train would run on the Train Staff.