Wodonga railway station
Station front in September 2013
|Location||Maloney Drive, Wodonga|
|Distance||299.20 kilometres from Southern Cross|
|Fare zone||Myki zone 26|
|Website||Public Transport Victoria|
|Opened||21 November 1873|
|Closed||8 November 2008|
|Rebuilt||25 June 2011|
As a terminusEdit
Wodonga station was the original terminus of Victorian Railways' North East line which was built during the 1870s, with Wodonga opening on 21 November 1873. The connection through to the standard gauge system across the Murray River to Albury was not completed until 14 June 1883, partly because the New South Wales Government Railways standard gauge system had not yet extended as far south as Albury.
Intercolonial rivalries were settled by the building of lines and bridges of both gauges across the border river flats with both Albury and Wodonga being transfer stations. Albury later became the passenger interchange station and the major freight transshipment point.
In April 1962 the standard gauge line was extended south from Wodonga to Melbourne and from that time onwards, most interstate haulage was on the standard gauge. Some broad gauge passenger trains still continued to run to Albury to provide a local service to north eastern Victorian towns but the long distance interstate freight and passenger trains operated via this new continuous standard gauge link between Melbourne and Sydney.
Livestock, mostly beef cattle, formed a large part of the freight carried to Melbourne from Wodonga, where large saleyards were established near the station. Meatworks were also one of Wodonga's main industries. After 1980 the saleyard location was moved to Bandiana, east of Wodonga. Dual gauge rail access was constructed at this selling centre which was adjacent to the Victorian Cudgewa branchline. Services on this branch were discontinued beyond Bandiana and the Victorian rail system soon ceased livestock carriage. Cattle continued to be occasionally railed from northern NSW to Bandiana Saleyards until 1987 when this rail traffic also ceased. In later years the sidings at Bandiana were used as a rail container terminal by standard gauge trains only, until closure of the line on 1 September 2009.
Wodonga Rail BypassEdit
The Wodonga Rail Bypass project moved Wodonga station from the original central location to a position on a new line on the northern edge of the town, along with five kilometres of new track. The release of railway land allowed the redevelopment of Wodonga's commercial area, and eliminated ten level crossings. First conceived in 2000, design work commenced in 2006.
In May 2008 it was announced that the project would commence as part of an upgrade of the North-East line. The last passenger train passed through Wodonga on 8 November 2008, with road coaches operating between Seymour and Albury. The first train passed through the new station site on 15 March 2010: a freight service delivering concrete sleepers.
The old station was redeveloped as a restaurant.
Platforms & servicesEdit
- Wodonga Vicsig
- "New South Wales and Victoria Railways – The Albury-Wodonga Junction". Sydney Morning Herald. 15 June 1883. p. 5.
- Albury Vicsig
- Line Data Bandiana line Vicsig
- Midway Siding Rail Geelong
- "Roads, ports and freight - Wodonga Rail Bypass - Project overview". www.transport.vic.gov.au. Retrieved 2008-03-09.
- "Roads, ports and freight - Wodonga Rail Bypass - News and media releases". www.transport.vic.gov.au. Retrieved 2008-03-09.
- Federal-State Co-operation Delivers Major Rail Project Premier of Victoria 30 May 2008
- "V/line - Last hurrah for Wodonga". www.vline.com.au. Retrieved 2008-12-29.
- "'Lovely' station but real test ahead". The Border Mail. 16 March 2010.
- TAA 0595-2010: Chiltern Loop – Albury South: Commissioning of Wodonga Rail Bypass Australian Rail Track Corporation 19 July 2010
- "A bypass milestone as freight train ambles in". The Border Mail. 27 June 2010.
- First train crosses Wodonga bypass Rail Express 11 August 2010
- Communities welcome V/Line trains back to the border Regional Development Victoria 25 June 2011
- Communities welcome V/Line tracks back to the border V/Line Voice issue 68 July 2011
- Rail land's toxic dirt removed Border Mail 8 May 2013
- Albury - Melbourne Public Transport Victoria