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The Friends of the Bendigo-Kilmore Rail Trail (FBKRT) group have informed us of new signs along O'Keefe Rail Trail in Victoria that tell the history of Bendigo/Heathcote line.

A recent FBKRT web news post reveals that a glimpse back into how railway transport helped develop communities and businesses, aided rural farmers plus gold exploration, can now be seen via new interpretive signs along the O’Keefe Rail Trail. Working closely with the City of Greater Bendigo, the Friends of the Bendigo-Kilmore Rail Trail group have sought to bring elements of history back for the benefits of the rail trail users.

As a result of much research, the outcome has seen 11 interpretive information signs being placed at specific locations along the O’Keefe trail. Such reveals the current trail’s connection to the past, for the Heathcote to Bendigo (Sandhurst) section of the former ‘Wandong, Heathcote, Sandhurst Railway’. The history highlighted covers a period from 1887, for the railway’s construction, to more recent times of rail trail development.

At the official launch of the new information signs, the City of Greater Bendigo council’s City Engineering Manager Brett Martini said, “The O’Keefe Rail Trail is a wonderful asset for the Greater Bendigo that provides unique opportunities for residents and visitors to walk and cycle the total 49kms between Bendigo and Heathcote.”

The City of Greater Bendigo Council's media release for the O'Keefe Rail Trail signs can be sourced via this link.

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