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Taradale Viaduct




The Taradale Viaduct is a spectacular bluestone and wrought iron box girder bridge which stretches approximately 213 metres across the Taradale Back Creek. It was erected as part of the Melbourne, Mount Alexander and Murray River Railway between 1858 and 1861 and was at the time one of the largest rail bridges built in Australia.

The construction was funded from the government gold revenue and was estimated to have cost up to 230 000 pounds.

Workmen on the viaduct reportedly numbered anything from a dozen to several hundred depending on the weather and stage of construction.

Introduction of heavier locomotives in the 20th century required strengthening of the bridge with steel trestles added between the original masonry piers in 1933-1934.

The bridge is included on the Victorian Heritage Register and the National Trust Register

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The viaduct is located a short distance out of Taradale and the Metcalf - Taradale Road passes underneath it. As well as the impressive views of the viaduct you can stop and read the information boards which document the history.

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Metcalf - Taradale Road,  Taradale 3447, Victoria, Australia. View Map Map opens in new browser window
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Map: X909 Ref: E7



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