The Buninyong Railway
This station platform and a few cuttings are the last visible remains of the railway system which once connected Buninyong with Ballarat and the main line system.
The line was formally opened on the 12th of September 1889. In addition to passenger traffic, the "Bunny" also brought the goods trucks to the many local Buninyong industries of that time. The main ones were the butter factory, tannery, brewery, box factory and market gardens.
In 1930 during the depression years the passenger service was withdrawn. Goods trains continued to run when required until they too finally ceased in 1947.
The placing of this sign commemorates the centenary opening of the line.
A Buninyong Shire community project. September 1989.
Rodo, over what distance?
In June when I worked in Ballarat I made the effort to catch the bus to Buninyong to see if I could discover the station site and any existing alignment. What Palmer described as being at the terminus is correct. In hindsight considering what is there, I find it surprising that when I asked the milk bar owner about the railway station he didn't know where the station was. Strange considering the infrastructure and memorial.
This interests me a little...
My Grandfather grew up on a farm at Navigators near Buninyong, and I vividly recall him telling me about the railway crossing his farmland. I do remember him saying that goods traffic had tapered off by the time he left for WWII, and passenger traffic had stopped somewhat earlier, which tallies with the plaque.
He noted that they had a small halt shed setup and very often flagged the train (passenger or goods- the later being better value ) in either direction to get to Ballarat or Buninyong, which must have been quite handy!
Thanks, so that would mean that when the Skipton line was discontinued the Colac line was as well.
Mount Helen may have been close to Gear Ave. All the above are west/east roads which the line would have crossed.
Photographs taken in the late 1940s to the late 1950's of the site of Buninyong station show the turntable pit overgrown but intact - it is likely that it may well survive.
As well, the approach to Buninyong was though a massive cutting - does that survive?