Serviceton railway station
Station in October 2006
|Location||Elizabeth Street, Serviceton|
|Line(s)||Western standard gauge|
|Distance||461.70 kilometres from Southern Cross|
The Premier of South Australia, John Downer, wrote to his Victorian equivalent, James Service, suggesting that the new border railway town and station be named Downer after him. Service wrote back and said that as it was in Victoria, it would be named Serviceton after himself, although at the time of construction the land was claimed by both colonies.
As Serviceton was the border post, train crews and engines were changed between the South Australian Railways and Victorian Railways. A customs house/railway station was commissioned in 1887 with costs shared between the two colonies. The complex of 15 main rooms including a large refreshment room was completed in 1889.
With federation, customs roles finished in January 1901 although trains would continue to changes locomotives until the 1980s. On 7 September 1951, the westbound Overland service collided with its eastbound equivalent at the station with four A2 class locomotives destroyed and one fatality.
The closure of the station is referred to in the Tom Waits song Town With No Cheer, featured on the 1983 album Swordfishtrombones.
- Serviceton Vicsig
- Railway History 1880-1899 Australian Railway Historical Society
- Serviceton Railway Station West Wimera Shire Council
- Rail Disaster at Serviceton Barrier Miner 7 September 1951
- Expresses Collide at Serviceton: One Dead, Passengers Shaken Canberra Times 8 September 1951
- At your service ABC Western Victoria 2 June 2011
- Serviceton Historic Railway Station Culture Victoria
- "Rail Passenger Service Withdrawals Since 1960" Newsrail March 1997
Media related to Serviceton, Victoria at Wikimedia Commons