Maryborough is a small town just 70 kilometres north of Ballarat with population of about 8,000. It has a big Railway station. Mark Twain visited the town in 1895 and declared that Maryborough was “A railway station with a town attached”. Some people believe that this is a result of a bureaucratic mixup and the station was intended for Maryborough in Queensland which is about … Continue reading Maryborough. Victoria.
I like bridges. Some bridges are viaducts but not all viaducts are bridges. The Malmsbury viaduct was erected as part of the Melbourne, Mount Alexander and Murray River Railway between 1858 and 1861. Its purpose was to link the Port of Melbourne to the River Murray port of Echuca. It is now used primarily to link Melbourne to the city of Bendigo 150 kms to the north. … Continue reading The Malmsbury Viaduct.
I had a friend who won the lottery. Really. I did I’m not making this up. He and his wife lived in his father’s house. It was given to him as his inheritance. Nice house. Big enough for his family to grow but not huge; not ostentatious. A nice middle class house in a nice town. Then he won the lottery. That was the beginning. … Continue reading A Tale of Two Stations
The night train that left Ballarat on the evening of 19th of August in the year 1909 was crewed by Jim Wright, the driver, Jack McInery the fireman and Peter O’Connor the Guard. It was due in to Maryborough that night but it didn’t make it on time. By now, most of you would know I actually like old trains and railway stations and bridges … Continue reading A train wreck