Maryborough railway station, Victoria
Southbound view in July 2010
|Location||Victoria Street, Maryborough|
|Distance||224.04 kilometres from Southern Cross|
|Fare zone||Myki zone 14|
|Website||Public Transport Victoria|
|12 September 1993||Station closure|
|2006-2007||Station undergoes $1.9 million restoration|
|25 July 2010||Station reopening|
Maryborough is a major junction with cross country routes to Moolort and Ararat. The Avoca line from Ararat is standard gauge and dual gauge track that runs through Maryborough to the north as far as Dunolly. There are the remains of dock platforms at both ends of the main platform.
The current station building was erected in 1890 with 25 rooms and a clock tower, of red brick with stucco trimming. In 1895, Mark Twain visited Maryborough, which he dryly observed as being: "A railway station with a town attached". Some people believe bureaucratic error led to the station being built from plans for the station intended for Maryborough, Queensland (a much larger town), and others from Melbourne's Spencer Street Station (now Southern Cross Station), as it was a much larger station than those in the state's capital city. The station closed on 12 September 1993 when The Vinelander was withdrawn and replaced by road coaches.
In 2006/07 Maryborough station was restored, with repairs to the towers, clock, facade, portico, roof and guttering. Stage 2 included slating, rendering, glazing and moulding repairs to match the works conducted during the first stage of works.
In December 2008 as part of the Victorian Transport Plan, the State Government announced passenger rail services to Maryborough would resume. Services between Maryborough and Ballarat commenced in July 2010.
Platforms and services
- Maryborough Vicsig
- Travel: Maryborough Sydney Morning Herald 10 October 2007
- The Official Australian Mark Twain Society website
- Regional railway station projects Department of Infrastructure
- Maryborough Rail Services Victorian Transport Plan
- Passenger trains return to Maryborough Ballarat Courier 25 July 2010
- Maryborough - Melbourne via Ballarat Public Transport Victoria
- Mildura - Melbourne Public Transport Victoria
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