Ballarat railway station
|PTV regional rail station|
Station building, looking east in 2011
|Location||Lydard Street North|
Ballarat Central, Victoria 3350
|Distance||118.80 kilometres from Southern Cross|
|Website||Public Transport Victoria|
|Opened||11 April 1862|
The extensive building complex is of major architectural and historical significance to Ballarat with most of its original 19th-century features intact. Preserved historic features include the largest surviving interlocking mechanical swing gates in Victoria at Lydiard Street, signal boxes and goods sheds and it is one of only three stations in Victoria to have had a 19th-century train shed (along with Geelong and St Kilda). The railway complex is listed on the Victorian Heritage Register.
Construction on Ballarat West Railway Station began in 1862 with the original buildings constructed at a cost of almost 22,000 pounds with the original railway line to Melbourne going via Geelong to service the booming Ballarat goldfields.
A bluestone engine shed was built to the south and the goods shed to the north were added in 1863. In 1877 the footbridge and waiting rooms on the south side were added,. In 1885, hand operated railway gates were added at Lydiard Street, along with the "B" signal box used to operate it on the western side.
Age of GreatnessEdit
Following the opening of the direct line from Ballarat to Melbourne in December 1889, the increase in patronage led to plans to upgrade the station. A grand portico, stationmaster's office and clocktower were designed in 1888 and added in 1891, although no clock was installed in the tower. With the amalgamation of the Ballarat East and West Town Councils in 1921 to form the City of Ballarat, and the closure of Ballarat East station, the station gradually dropped the name West Ballarat.
On 13 December 1981 fire badly damaged the interiors of the 1888 section including the station-master's office, waiting room, booking office, dining room and clock tower. All of these areas were later repaired and retained. Many of the original features were restored however some interiors including the booking office were subsequently modernised.
In 1983, the Public Transport Corporation proposed to demolish the level crossing gates at Lydiard Street. The City of Ballarat, National Trust and Historic Buildings Council responded with a campaign to save the gates. A clock was added to the tower in 1984.
In 1990, conservationists succeeded in their lobby to preserve the railway gates and an automated mechanical system was built to allow for the continued use of the historic gates. Additional restoration was carried out in 2005 with the roof replaced with quarried Welsh slate to match the original southern roof.
Following the 2006 Regional Fast Rail project and the introduction of V/Line VLocity trains as well as services to Ararat in 2005, passenger numbers at Ballarat station increased by as much as 40% a year. The resulted in the call for a second station, with Wendouree opening in June 2009 to alleviate congestion primarily caused by park and ride commuters from Ballarat's outer western suburbs. The station saw a further increase in trains following the resumption of services to Maryborough.
Platforms & servicesEdit
Ballarat has two side platforms. It is serviced by V/Line Ballarat, Ararat and Maryborough line services. All Services Use Platform 1 On Weekends to and From Melbourne Southern cross On Weekdays These Following Services use Platform 2 towards Wendouree 0642 1542 1745 1802 1852 and 0742 and 0913 terminated ballarat services
- Ballarat line: V/Line services to Wendouree & Southern Cross
- Ararat line: V/Line services to Ararat & Southern Cross
- Maryborough line: V/Line services to Maryborough
- Ballarat line: V/Line services to Wendouree
- Ararat line: V/Line services to Ararat
- Maryborough line: V/Line services to Maryborough
Coach Bay 3
Ballarat Airport Shuttle to Melbourne Airport & Creswick
Coach Bay 4
Ballarat To Geelong Via Bannockburn & Warrenheip
Coach Bay 5
Coach Bay 6
Ballarat to Bendigo Via Daylesford
Ballarat to Bendigo Via Maryborough
V/Line also operate road coach services from Ballarat station to:
- Bendigo via Maryborough & Castlemaine: Operated by Christians Bus Co/ Trotters Coaches.
- Halls Gap & the Grampians National Park via Ararat & Stawell
- Horsham, Dimboola, Nhill & Adelaide Operated by Firefly Express.
- Geelong Operated by Gold Bus Ballarat/ Christians Bus Co.
- Hamilton & Mount Gambier Operated by Trotters Coaches
- Ouyen, Donald and Mildura Operated by Gold Bus Ballarat/ Suraysia Buslink.
Most of the town's bus services also stop outside the Station on Lydiard St, including: Routes 1,2,3,4,5,7,8,9,10,12,13,14,15,16(express to Wendouree, connects with terminating train) & 18.
The station is the official starting point of two multiuse trails:
- Ballarat Vicsig
- "St Kilda Railway Station & Metropol Apartments". St Kilda Historical Society.
- "Ballarat Railway Complex". Victorian Heritage Database. Heritage Council of Victoria. Retrieved 11 October 2019.
- "Ballarat Australia History – Rail Heritage".
- Ballarat Railway Station relives glory days in gallery Ballarat Courier 19 October 2011
- The Lydiard St. Railway Gates Ballarat - the Drama of Their Preservation Martin, Ray; Hood, Graeme
- Commemorative Plaque in station hall
- "Media releases". Vline.com.au. Archived from the original on 31 December 2012. Retrieved 19 May 2012.
- Ballarat - Melbourne timetable Public Transport Victoria
- Ararat - Melbourne Public Transport Victoria
- Maryborough - Melbourne via Ballarat Public Transport Victoria
- Ballarat - Bendigo Public Transport Victoria
- Ballarat - Stawell Public Transport Victoria
- Halls Gap - Bendigo Public Transport Victoria
- Adelaide - Melbourne Public Transport Victoria
- Geelong - Bendigo Public Transport Victoria
- Mount Gambier - Ballarat Public Transport Victoria
- Ouyen - Ballarat Public Transport Victoria