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Passengers will be able to travel by train to the Victorian town of Maryborough for the first time in more than 15 years from Sunday.
Passenger rail services will return to the section of track between Creswick and Maryborough in central Victoria, extending the line which was decommissioned under the Kennett Liberal government in the 1990s.
The government would also return services to Clunes, on the same rail line, by the end of 2011, Public Transport Minister Martin Pakula said in a statement.
Mr Pakula and Premier John Brumby rode the first train to Maryborough from Creswick station on Saturday.
"The community has been waiting a long time to see trains return to Maryborough, so I am delighted that this project has been delivered ahead of schedule so people can start experiencing the benefits sooner," Mr Brumby said.
The service was expected to start in early August.
Mr Pakula said the reinstated service would allow people in Creswick and Maryborough to have better access to services in Ballarat and Melbourne.
"Fourteen weekly train services will operate, giving people access to a train service every day of the week," Mr Pakula said.
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