Old Wendouree station

 
  Simbera Train Controller

I was recently reading a book on Ballarat's old tram network and noticed on a map a station called Wendouree that was several blocks east of the current one (and existed over a hundred years beforehand).

Unlike, say, Ballarat East, I've never noticed any remains of a station between Ballarat and the current Wendouree station.  After a bit of internet scrounging and going for a look in person, I know pretty much where it used to be but there's really nothing left.

Vicsig etc don't really have anything on it, so if anyone has any information, and especially photos, I'd much appreciate it

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  deadlaker Junior Train Controller

Simbera, have a look at this old thread, particularly some entries by The Rev and Sthyer re original Wendouree location.

http://www.railpage.com.au/f-t11347652-0-asc-s0.htm


There are some other threads to investigate, including this one where a distance from Melb is mentioned by kuldalai 
http://www.railpage.com.au/f-p907616.htm


From Andrew Waugh's excellent map series, it seems the original Wendouree may have been built as "Ballarat Gardens" or at least known as that some time early in its existence

http://www.vrhistory.com/VRMaps/Vic1890.pdf


 



 

  brownhillboy Train Controller

The Old Wendouree Station was immediately to the west of the Forest Street railway crossing. Back in the mid seventies there was a platform for both up and down tracks. On schooldays, the Linton rail motor and trailer serviced the station for the benefit of pupils who attended the nearby Ballarat Grammar school.

And now for a bit of reminiscing:

When driving to work during the late 70's, I often saw the rail motor pulling out of Wendouree as I turned left into Howitt St. This meant that I would have to wait for the train at the Creswick Road level crossing. This was usually a good gunzel experience, because around that time of day K157 would often be coming "off the pit" from the loco shed at the Ballarat Nth workshops, right next to Creswick Rd. On a frosty morning the plume of smoke and steam could be seen from about a kilometre away.

Further useless information:

The gates at the Forest St level crossing were locked at night and I think even on Sundays, when there were very few trains on the line. There was a gatekeepers cottage fronting Forest St in a tiny allotment behind the down platform. On the Sunday night 3BA country music request show, nearly every week a request would come in from "George and Olga at the Forest St. railway gates".
  x42 Junior Train Controller

Location: NSW
This may also help, http://www.stationspast.net/victoria/
  Simbera Train Controller

Thanks for the info, guys.

Now that you mention it, I do remember a mate from uni telling me his father used to take the train from Skipton (or somewhere on the Skipton line, anyway) to school in Ballarat, although I never thought to ask which school/which station.  Grammar is only a block away from that location so that makes sense.  I went there the other day and there is absolutely nothing left, save a little ballast spread over the ground.

Any idea if these school trains were the only services that stopped at Wendouree?  Would the main services to Dimboola etc have stopped there at all?

It's a shame I couldn't find any photos of the place.  There are such excellent galleries of most of the major sites around the place - I suppose Wendouree disappeared a bit too early to have been snapped by the kind of gunzel who uploads things to the net!  Picture Australia never had anything either...time to ask the grandparents if they remember it, I think!
  duttonbay Minister for Railways

Any idea if these school trains were the only services that stopped at Wendouree?  Would the main services to Dimboola etc have stopped there at all?
"Simbera"

In my 1964 WTT the only trains which stopped at Wendouree were the up and down Linton Walkers. It was a conditional stop, so presumably didn't stop during school holidays. These services also could pick-up and set-down at the Linton Junction signal box if required.

  Floody Locomotive Driver

My memory may be faulty but I'm sure there was platform coping etc extant there in the 80s, where the vacant land is? Maybe even the gatekeeper's hut, I seem to remember it may have been one of the many locations demolished in the around 88-90 when they rationalised a lot of infrastructure in the district.
  mikesyd Chief Commissioner

Location: Lurking
The Old Wendouree Station was immediately to the west of the Forest Street railway crossing. Back in the mid seventies there was a platform for both up and down tracks. On schooldays, the Linton rail motor and trailer serviced the station for the benefit of pupils who attended the nearby Ballarat Grammar school.

Further useless information:

The gates at the Forest St level crossing were locked at night and I think even on Sundays, when there were very few trains on the line. There was a gatekeepers cottage fronting Forest St in a tiny allotment behind the down platform. On the Sunday night 3BA country music request show, nearly every week a request would come in from "George and Olga at the Forest St. railway gates".
brownhillboy
Apologies for digging up an old thread, but in the process of doing some Family History research, I have found that my Grandfathers sister and her husband resided in the "Gatehouse, Wendouree" from around the time of their marriage in 1910, until his death in 1950 - around 40 years. They had 3 children, probably all born in that house too.

His name was Albert Charles Oscar Milledge, listed in the Electoral Rolls as a Railway Signalman and the Gatehouse shows up as their address, later 111 Forest Street, which is probably the same address as it would have been the first house on either side of the crossing. He died in 1950 and his wife moved elsewhere shortly afterwards.

I have searched everywhere looking for old photos, but to no avail. If anyone locates any, please let me know via PM or this thread.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
The old Railpage site has documentation on the old tramway networks around the country.  http://www.railpage.org.au/tram/ including an old map of the network.  It is well worth a read.

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