Melbourne and Suburban Railway Company

The Melbourne and Suburban Railway Company was a railway company in Victoria, Australia. The company opened a line from Princes Bridge railway station in Melbourne, Australia to Punt Road (Richmond) and over the Yarra River to South Yarra (then called Gardiners Creek Road) in 1859, with extensions south to Prahran in 1859 and Windsor in 1860,[1] connecting with the 1859 St Kilda and Brighton Railway Company's line from St Kilda to Bay Street (now North Brighton),[2] which was extended to Beach Station (now Brighton Beach) in 1861.[3] They also built an eastward extension to Hawthorn by 1861. This company ran into difficulties almost immediately, and was bought by the Melbourne Railway Company in 1862.[4]

The Melbourne (and Suburban) Railway Company and the St Kilda and Brighton Railway Company were amalgamated with the Melbourne and Hobson's Bay Railway Company on 22 October 1864.[5] The combined company, known as the Melbourne and Hobsons Bay United Railway Company, was taken over by the Government of Victoria in 1878 and it became part of Victorian Railways.

Rolling stockEdit


Class Wheel
Serial numbers
Total Total
M&HBR 2-4-0WT 2-4-0WT Victoria Robert Stephenson & Co.
1858 (ex M&HBR) 1 0 1862 To Melbourne Railway Company
G&MR 0-6-0WT 0-6-0WT Hercules R&W Hawthorn
1858 (ex G&MR) 1 0 1862 To Melbourne Railway Company
M&SR 2-4-0T 2-4-0T Hawthorn, Richmond George England & Co.
160, 161
1862 2 0 1862 All to Melbourne Railway Company
M&SR 2-4-0WT 2-4-0WT Kew, #1378* Robert Stephenson & Co.
1377, 1378
1861 2* 0 1862 To Melbourne Railway Company
*#1378 could not be paid for and sold to Cornish & Bruce


  1. ^ Map of Melbourne and Suburban Company Lines, 1857–1862, archived from the original on 8 August 2008, retrieved 14 November 2011
  2. ^ VICSIG Infrastructure - North Brighton
  3. ^ VICSIG Infrastructure - Brighton Beach
  4. ^ School of Historical Studies, Department of History. "Railways - Entry - eMelbourne - The Encyclopedia of Melbourne Online". Retrieved 1 April 2021.
  5. ^ "Melbourne & Hobson's Bay United Railway Company". National Library of Australia. Retrieved 1 June 2012.