Friends of the Bendigo-Kilmore rail trail

Linking central Victoria via the old railway line

Station signs on the way

The Friends have been promoting the return of railway station/platform signs to the sites of  stations between Bendigo and Heathcote and were successful in applying for a council community grant last year for some of these sites. Well, we’ve finally got agreement on what the signs will look like and how they’ll be constructed.

The original 19th century station signs were made of timber with painted letters (later replaced with cast iron letters), but it’s been decided that the maintenance requirements would be far too high if we were to recreate them in timber. Instead the new signs will be white vinyl lettering on a black aluminium sheet background with a 25 mm frame and anti-graffiti coating. They’ll reproduce as closely as possible the original size and style of the lettering.

It is expected that all these previous important hubs of commerce and transport will be signed over the next two years. They’ll be good company for the reproduction mile posts that have been created and installed along the existing trail by ever-creative Friends member, Ken Hanson.

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