The survey map shows numerious cuttings and embankments as the line weaves it way from Gear Ave. (presumably Mt Helen, although it's shown as Green Hill), roughly following the old road alignment + 1 block (possibly a country mile)!
So there was no need for 425 foot platforms which were standard for the Melbourne suburban lines from 1925, so it is likely that the “halts” would have been a short mound, a tin shelter, a red flag in a box, and a kerosene lamp with a red shutter on each side .
About a year ago, the turntable pit and cutting on the Up side of Buninyong were still quite visible as was the large embankment around 600-800m towards Ballarat.
It looks as if the steam hauled passenger train was about as fast as the modern bus servics
It looks as if the steam hauled passeger train was about as fast as the modern bus servics. It does seem a bit unfortunate that the railmotor service was replaced by a bus just after 1930. I would have thought that the line had potential to develop as a rail motor served Ballarat suburban line. I suppose that tracks were deteriorating and the Geelong road had just been built as a sealed early highway so a bus seemed the cheapest and best at the time.
I wonder how much modern road conjestion goes towards justifying a modern local train being re-developed ?
Unless there is any heavy freight, the best Ballarat could hope for would be a re-juvination of the trams lines, with Sebastipol connecting to Buninyong via Mt Helen.
There is a continuing residential development going on along the old Bunnny line, the land on the east side is the site of some new suburban housing where there was nothing much before.