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Melbourne & Suburban Railway Co

The Melbourne & Suburban Railway Company was formed in June 1857, with plans to build railways from a terminus at Princes Bridge to Hawthorn and Brighton, on the outskirts of Melbourne's urban fringe. Construction commenced in July 1858 but was hampered by a lack of capital, due partly to the high cost of building two substantial iron bridges over the Yarra River at Cremorne and Hawthorn.

Their first line to Windsor opened in December 1860, followed by the Hawthorn line in April 1861. Although revenue exceeded working expenses, the company was unable to repay debts incurred during construction and in March 1862 its assets were sold to the Melbourne Railway Co for just £47,500 - one-tenth of the original cost.


Steam engine on railway birdge over Yarra River.view larger image Steam suburban passenger trail crossing the Hawthorn Bridge over the Yarra River originally built by the Melbourne & Suburban Railway Co, about 1900.

Man standing on bridge at Richmond, Victoriaview larger image Richmond Gardens with Hawthorn Railway Bridge over the Yarra River in the background, about 1900.

 Railway bridgeview larger image Scenic postcard featuring railway bridge.

DDE-class steam locomotive, Hawthorn Bridgeview larger image DDE-class steam locomotive No.708 on Hawthorn bridge.

Steam locomotive at Richmond Stationview larger image 2-4-0 tank class steam locomotive, Richmond, 1865.

Map showing Melbourne rail linesview larger image Map of Melbourne and Suburban Company Lines, 1857 - 1862.


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