Bendigo (Sandhurst) Railway and its Postal Ramifications
By David Cotton
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In Victoria the TPO's began in 1866. Postmarks "Up Train" meaning to Melbourne and "Down Train" from Melbourne came into use There were 19 routes allocated so you can find TPO 1 through to TPO19. The Bendigo route is TPO 4. The last Victorian TPO ran in 1932.
All Victorian TPO postmarks are interesting to note and collect, Those on cover are very nice to find. As with most aspects of philately there are variations that have added value.
Basically when looking at a mix of older Victorian and Australian stamps both on and off cover it is worth looking for a TPO. They are not worth a fortune but are interesting collector pieces and worthy of historical note.
As a teenager your Webmaster sorted mail at lunchtime at the Bendigo Railway Station and placed it on the various country trains.
Here is a mix of examples:
More information on this can be obtained by Googling: "Stamps of Victoria"