Maribyrnong River Viaduct

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Maribyrnong River Viaduct
Maribyrnong River Viaduct.jpg
West end of the bridge from below
Coordinates 37°44′53.0″S 144°50′43.8″E / 37.748056°S 144.845500°E / -37.748056; 144.845500Coordinates: 37°44′53.0″S 144°50′43.8″E / 37.748056°S 144.845500°E / -37.748056; 144.845500
Total length 383 m (1,257 ft)
Height 55 m (180 ft)
Constructed by Victorian Railways Construction Branch
Construction start 1927[1]
Construction end June 1929 (1929-06)

The Maribyrnong River Viaduct (also known locally as the Quarter Mile Bridge) carries the Albion–Jacana railway line, Melbourne across the Maribyrnong River in the western suburbs of Melbourne, Australia. It is located near the E.J. Whitten Bridge, and almost 400 metres long (hence the quarter mile name).

It was built in 1927–29 by the Victorian Railways Construction Branch, being the largest trestle bridge in Australia when completed in June, 1929.[2] It employed 200 people during its construction, with one fatality, and is listed on the Victorian Heritage Register.[3]

With a length of 383 m (1,257 ft), and a height of 55 m (180 ft) above the water level,[2] it is the second-highest bridge in Victoria after the West Gate Bridge (58 metres)

The main traffic over the bridge is freight services, but it also carries two passenger services, the Melbourne to Sydney NSW TrainLink XPT, and the Melbourne-Albury V/Line service which now runs on standard gauge.


  1. ^ "ALBION VIADUCT.: Beams Arriving for Big Railway Works.". The Age (22,563). Victoria, Australia. 30 July 1927. p. 16. Retrieved 23 April 2017 – via National Library of Australia. 
  2. ^ a b Albion Viaduct on the Broadmeadows to Albion Line Payne, Bruce Australian Railway Historical Society Bulletin, May, 2003 p186
  3. ^ "Rail Bridge (Albion Viaduct), Victorian Heritage Register (VHR) Number H1197, Heritage Overlay HO107". Victorian Heritage Database. Heritage Victoria. 

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