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IN THE early 1900s the R193 steam train pulled into the Kyabram Railway Station on its way to Echuca.
Work started on the railway line in June 1886.
Messrs Nichol Gray and Tamlyn’s tender of £106,806 was accepted for the construction of the line between Echuca and Toolamba.
Earthworks were carried out by local farmers using their farm horses, drays and scoops.
As this work proceeded, it was followed by ballast, sleepers and rails, permitting rail trucks to freight building materials to work sites.
On March 26, 1887, the final connecting rail was positioned about half a mile west of Kyabram at a settlement called Pine Grove. The last spike was driven by Andrew J Allan of Kyabram, president of the Echuca Shire, on Monday March 28, 1887.
A train consisting of a locomotive with ballast trucks containing sleepers for seats, carried the members of the spike-driving ceremony from Echuca to the historic site.
The official opening took place in Kyabram where James Shackell, MHR for Rodney, broke a bottle of wine over the tender. A special train from Echuca bought people for the celebrations which concluded with a banquet and a ball.
Compiled by Eileen Sullivan, Kyabram Historical Society voluntary librarian
40 years ago
THE Victorian Country Football League was presently negotiating with a cigarette firm for a $40,000 sponsorship for the revival of interleague football.
Goulburn Valley League District councillor, Mr Graham Arthur, stated this at the Picola League annual presentation night held at Waaia.
Mr Arthur was responding to a toast proposed by Picola League president, Mr Doug McDonald, to the VCFL.
Mr McDonald told those present at the dinner the telecast of the VFL grand final had affected the league’s grand final gate takings and it had made an application to the VCFL for remuneration.
Takings over the finals series had been up but this was not reflected in the grand final gate, Mr McDonald said.
“We might have to adjust our thinking concerning clashing with the VFL grand final in future,” Mr McDonald said.
Mr McDonald said it was very difficult to run a district league successfully.
“It is essential to have a district councillor, who can help us and I feel Graham Arthur is the right man to assist us,” Mr McDonald said.
Responding, Mr Arthur said he realised district leagues had a problem in not getting enough recognition.
He did see however a breakthrough for country football with the staging again of the country football championships.
He said the VDFL were negotiating for a $40,000 sponsorship for the championships, which he believed would be of tremendous benefit to country football.
Mr Arthur said initially it would be the major league which would benefit but he would hope the benefits would eventually rub off on the district leagues.
20 years ago
THE famous Oak Dene home of Kyabram’s legendary medico, Dr Cam Wright isn’t the only local historic home about to change hands.
At one stage in Kyabram’s history Koraleigh was the next house ‘over the road’ to the east of Oak Dene.
Koraleigh has had only three owners since it was constructed on the north east corner of Allan St and Dawes Rd in 1910.
The Outram family built the home to the design of Mr Castles, who also designed Yambuna Homestead Bundarra built by the Henderson family on their property Koraleigh.
It was in 1920 that Hendersons purchased the Outram home and named it Koraleigh after their Yambuna property.