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This magnificent rusticated bluestone arch bridge spans Peel Street and the railway embankment.
It was completed in 1862 by Victorian Railways with the first railway from Geelong to Ballarat. The architect was a public servant.
Architecturally it is in a picturesque style used by many of the bridges built in the goldfields area, but is notable as being one of the largest railway grade separation bridges, many other bluestone bridges were instead built over waterways while others such as those on the 1857 St Kilda Railway line instead carry roads overhead. It features a subtle keystone at its peak.
The building known simply as “The Coach House” is one of the most recent additions to what is known as the historic Ballarat Railway Station Complex.
The most intersting aspect is the roof with its prominent bargeboards of external gothic style wooden trusses and deep eaves forming a cross gabled silhouette along with ist prominent brick chimneys. The roof contrasts with the classical style keystone arch windows with their prominent unpainted render string course and ledges. The style is probably best described as Queen Anne.