Once a thriving South Gippsland Railway now a ghost town

 
Topic moved from News by bevans on 29 Nov 2021 20:38
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
This is just awful.

Once a thriving South Gippsland Railway now a ghost town

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  speedemon08 Mary

Location: I think by now you should have figured it out
It was an out of the way smeg when it had a railway, and it will be an out of the way smeg without a railway.
  The Vinelander Minister for Railways

Location: Ballan, Victoria on the Ballarat Line
The station may resemble a ghost town but the people along the line spoke years ago and as has been written in these pages many times since, preferred faster and more frequent buses to a slower less frequent train.

At the end of the day it's the locals using the service more than randoms from Melbourne out for a whinge and we got a rail trail out of it as well.

Mike.
  james.au Minister for Railways

Location: Sydney, NSW
Like many of the small places in NSW, was this propped up by government services and had no real inherent economic reason to exist?  I shudder to think of all the dollars spent in the past on government services in the populate or perish mantra that could have been spent more wisely.
  The Vinelander Minister for Railways

Location: Ballan, Victoria on the Ballarat Line
Like many of the small places in NSW, was this propped up by government services and had no real inherent economic reason to exist?  I shudder to think of all the dollars spent in the past on government services in the populate or perish mantra that could have been spent more wisely.
james.au

The story is very badly titled. What 'ghost town' Question

The train, apart from stopping at Nyora also stopped at Korumburra and Leongatha where it terminated, both sizeable regional towns.
Attached timetable:

https://www.vline.com.au/getattachment/44615b59-182d-456a-a25d-57b25de3d88b/Yarram-Melbourne-(via-Leongatha-Koo-Wee-Rup)

Mike.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Like many of the small places in NSW, was this propped up by government services and had no real inherent economic reason to exist?  I shudder to think of all the dollars spent in the past on government services in the populate or perish mantra that could have been spent more wisely.
james.au

There were also many options for freight on the line which were blocked.
  Nightfire Minister for Railways

Location: Gippsland
Like many of the small places in NSW, was this propped up by government services and had no real inherent economic reason to exist?  I shudder to think of all the dollars spent in the past on government services in the populate or perish mantra that could have been spent more wisely.

There were also many options for freight on the line which were blocked.
bevans
Tell us ?

the future of the line was doomed back In the late 80's after Barry Beach traffic had dropped right off and farmers were moving away from using Superphosphate (bring that traffic to an end)
  historian Chief Commissioner

The original article is nonsense.

A quick glance at Google maps will show that Nyora is far from a ghost town. The town is widely spread out - about 2 km across in each direction - and most houses are on large blocks. That suggests a relatively wealthy area.

What it doesn't have is retail - there's a general store opposite the station and a takeway on the road to the highway. Been to both.

No doubt most locals shop in Lang Lang (12 km away down the hill by the backroad), or Koo Wee Rup.
  Dangersdan707 Chief Commissioner

Location: On a Thing with Internet
50,000 Thousand Railway Spikes used to be here, now its a Railtrail....
  Nightfire Minister for Railways

Location: Gippsland
The original article is nonsense.

A quick glance at Google maps will show that Nyora is far from a ghost town. The town is widely spread out - about 2 km across in each direction - and most houses are on large blocks. That suggests a relatively wealthy area.

What it doesn't have is retail - there's a general store opposite the station and a takeway on the road to the . Been to both.

No doubt most locals shop in Lang Lang (12 km away down the hill by the backroad), or Koo Wee Rup.
historian
Nyora Is currently a very poorly planed dormitory town, though It tipped to be the largest town In the South Gippsland Shire Council In the no to distant future.

The big planning Issue Is there are heaps of large blocks / small hobby farms that are owned by non permeant residents (weekenders) This therefore gives the town a lack of close community feel / engagement (the local fire brigade struggles to attract members, despite the steadily rising population)

Well back In the 90's Nyora locals would mostly come to Korumburra to shop, as the Korumburra based School buses would serve the Nyora area. Today many locals would commute to the South Eastern Suburbs (car) and do all their shopping that direction. The boom towns of Drouin and Warragul ain't that far away ether.

The pub closed In the 00's but a pharmacy has opened up In the former pub building.

Loch 5 km's away Is a very different town to Nyora having a totally different feel to It, being touristy.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Received some intel today Victrack has sold off the railway land at Korumburra to the local council.
  BrentonGolding Chief Commissioner

Location: Maldon Junction
Received some intel today Victrack has sold off the railway land at Korumburra to the local council.
bevans
Right of way or just the land around the station?
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Received some intel today Victrack has sold off the railway land at Korumburra to the local council.
Right of way or just the land around the station?
BrentonGolding

Have been told the easement but trying to confirm.
  Galron Chief Commissioner

Location: Werribee, Vic
dam shame if accurate. nail in coffin for the return of services should a willing government come along
  RustyRick Chief Commissioner
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Further images emerging (thanks Alex) of Leongatha Railway Station now - December 2021









Would love to know the total cost to the Tax Payer of creating this mess.  The council should hang their heads in shame.
  Nightfire Minister for Railways

Location: Gippsland
The council should hang their heads in shame.
bevans
The council Is about to officially open the rail trail between Leongatha and Korumburra this Weekend.

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