Public Transport minister Terry Mulder today opened the new $2.5 million Talbot station, welcoming the first train from Maryborough at 8.18am.
Mr Mulder said the new station would provide an important public transport connection, returning trains to the town for the first time in more than 20 years.
"Locals and visitors now have an additional mode of transport, with a daily train to Ballarat, Southern Cross or Maryborough," he said.
Member for Western Victoria Simon Ramsay said a free trial mini bus route would run between Lexton and Talbot for six months, connecting with trains.
The morning train is timetabled so that students and employees travelling to Ballarat during the week arrive before 9am.