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Save The Snowy Rail Bridge Ass. Inc.

PO Box 548

Orbost

VIC 3888

AUSTRALIA

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HISTORY

Built in 1915 at the Orbost end of the Bairnsdale-Orbost railway line when World War One was in progress,
this line and bridge was an engineering wonder. The line had many large trestle bridges over its 100 km
length, with the Orbost viaduct being the longest. Many of these bridges have now gone and those that
remain, like the Orbost viaduct, are of huge significance. From when the line opened in 1916 to when it
closed in 1987, the line was an important lifeblood for Orbost and all the towns along the line. The Orbost
viaduct is significant in that it’s huge longitudinal beams are made from Southern Mahogany which used to
grow nearby but is now rare. Although the Orbost Railway Station exists only in photographs, the huge
length of the viaduct stands as a rare historic asset and has many tales to tell.