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VIDEO | Horsham commemorates 140 years since the rail came to Horsham

Governor Sir George Ferguson Bowen and Lady Diamantina Bowen, played by Jack and Jan Janetzki, and Cr Ambose and Mary Anne Walter, played by Cr Mark Radford and Sue Exell recreate the opening of the rail to Horsham on February 5, 1879.ALL ABOARD? Horsham Rural City Council Mayor Mark Radford raises his hat to mark the 140th anniversary of rail services to Horsham during a re-enactment at Horsham Railway Station.
Cr Radford played the role of Cr Ambrose Walter, who with his wife Mary Anne Walter, played by Sue Exell, right, joined Governor Sir George Ferguson Bowen and Lady Diamantina Bowen, aka Jack and Jan Janetzki, for the opening of the Horsham railway line on February 5, 1879.
At the time, more than 5000 people attended the opening, celebrating with a street procession, dinner, ball and public holiday.
Cr Radford said the re-enactment was a reminder of how important rail was and is to Horsham and the Wimmera.
“Our growing regional city needs a train service to support social and economic access and connectivity,” he said.
Cr Radford has appealed to the State Government for a short-term, standard-gauge passenger shuttle service between Horsham and Ararat and to fund a business case for a Western Rail alliance project, which includes track upgrades and passenger trains to Horsham and Hamilton.
Horsham’s last V/Line daily train service ran on August 21, 1993. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

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