Malmsbury Viaduct, Malmsbury

The Malmsbury Viaduct is a large brick and stone masonry arch bridge over the Coliban River at Malmsbury on the Bendigo Railway in Victoria Australia. It was erected as part of the Melbourne, Mount Alexander and Murray River Railway between 1858 and 1861, and was at the time the largest masonry arch railway bridge built in Victoria.Construction of the Bendigo line commenced under the Melbourne, Mount Alexander and Murray River Railway Company in 1858, but this private consortium met with financial difficulties when it was unable to raise sufficient funds, and was bought out by the Victorian colonial government in 1860 when it formed the Victorian Railways Department.The contract for the first stage of the line from Footscray to Sandhurst (now Bendigo), was let to Cornish and Bruce for £3,356,937.2s.2d ($6.714 million) with work commencing on 1 June 1858. Completion of the permanent way was to be by 31 July 1861.The design work was then taken over by Captain Andrew Clarke, R. E., Surveyor-General of Victoria, with the bridge designs completed by William Bryson CE, Head Draftsman, who was responsible for many of the large structures such including bridges and viaducts under the supervision of George Christian Darbyshire for the Victorian Railway. William O’Hara, Senior Draftsman with the railways department, also had experience in the design of masonry structures and so probably also contributed to the design of the viaduct.
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  • The malmsbury viaduct is a masterpiece of 19th century engineering. Its construction out of local bluestone shocases the mastery of the medium by the stonemasons of the time and rivals in majesty some...  more »
  • good little park. Easy to get around for people with a disabilty, but the toilets could do with an upgrade. Geese are great. Running over to greet people a soon as they see a picnic basket. They do ke...  more »
  • Work took me to Malmsbury and I had a day or two for look around the area. It was really nice to go right down to the Viaduct and "feel" the history. Such a small town and yet there is clearly some pr...  more »
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  • An impressive example of engineering that has stood the teat of time. This viaduct is still in regular use today!

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