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Mount Alexander & Murray River Railway

The Melbourne, Mount Alexander & Murray River Railway Company received parliamentary assent in February 1853 to build Victoria's first inland railway from Melbourne to Williamstown, Bendigo and Echuca. Construction commenced in January 1854 with work on a pier at Williamstown but lack of funds slowed progress, eventually prompting the company to sell out to the government.

The 100-mile (162 km) section to Bendigo opened in October 1862. Its cost of £35,000 per mile made it the most expensive railway ever built in Australia. In 1864, the line was extended to Echuca, tapping into the booming Murray-Darling paddlesteamer trade.

 Bendigo Railway Stationview larger image Bendigo Station, 1890.

 Horse drawn cabsview larger image Horse drawn cabs wait outside Bendigo Station, 1925

 Taradale Viaductview larger image Taradale Viaduct over Back Creek, Melbourne-Bendigo line, built 1860-62.

Kyneton Railway Stationview larger image B-class steam locomotive, Kynton Station.

Taradale Viaductview larger image Taradale Viaduct.

Coliban Viaductview larger image Coliban Viaduct.

Rail bridge, Malmsbury, 1870view larger image Malmsbury rail bridge, 1870.

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