The Sandridge Rail bridge used to carry trains on a rail line from Flinders Street Station to Port Melbourne. It is one of the earliest passenger railway lines in Australia. The line closed in the late 1980’s when light rail was introduced to it’s destinations and was disused for many years. During that time there was often talk about knocking it down but it holds such historical value to Melbourne and Australia that it remained standing but with no clear purpose. Eventually it was decided to restore it and use it to link the fairly recently developed Southbank/Queensbridge Square precinct with Melbourne CBD. It is now an open public space with a walkway, bike path and sculptures which has turned it from a white elephant that no one knew what to do with into a great public space.