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Torykins - Moderator Chillaxis of Evil

Location: Scum Albans

Do trains still stop at General Motors? I was bored and playing around with random train trips at metlinkmelbourne.com.au to see if I could catch a service from General Motors to Flinders, and according to metlinkmelbourne, the 6:48 am and 7:08 am from Pakenham both stop at General Motors. Is this possible or is it just outdated?[/b]

 
John of Melbourne The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: Melbourne suburbs

Do trains still stop at General Motors? I was bored and playing around with random train trips at metlinkmelbourne.com.au to see if I could catch a service from General Motors to Flinders, and according to metlinkmelbourne, the 6:48 am and 7:08 am from Pakenham both stop at General Motors. Is this possible or is it just outdated?

- Torykins

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Outdated I would say, but I can't find where on that site it would tell you about such a trip.  General Motors is definitely closed.

 

Location: Banned

That information is outdated. Trains haven't stopped there since Jul 26 2002. The station has had the footbridge fenced off and has "KEEP OUT" signs everywhere - not a sign that it's open. The station was officially decommisioned on Jul 29 2002, and the signal box was decommissioned in '99.

 
joffie Chief Commissioner

Location: Melbourne

Correct

I remember Railpage had a "Farewall to General motors" tour back a few years back where they caught the last train to stop there....ever.

 
PalmerEldritch Say goodnight to the bad guy

Location: Princes Park, Carlton

Correct

I remember Railpage Australia™ had a "Farewall to General motors" tour back a few years back where they caught the last train to stop there....ever.

- joffie

Who went?

 

Location: Banned

It wasn't Railpage who had the tour, it was some group associated with Andy Blume who organised it. Just a bunch of people from vicrail-news went on it (A. Blume,. Chris Gordon, etc...) according to what i've read.

 
mjja Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Mount Waverley, Melbourne

Actually I believe not... a friend of mine told me there was an RTA trip that stopped there for a photo stop - after it had been closed, I think. Must confirm.

 

Location: Banned

Somehow I doubt that they would allow them to stop at a decommissioned station after it has been decommissioned!

 
mjja Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Mount Waverley, Melbourne

Better than stopping in the open and all getting out for a photo stop!

 
John of Melbourne The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: Melbourne suburbs

Somehow I doubt that they would allow them to stop at a decommissioned station after it has been decommissioned!

- Somebody in the WWW



It wasn't closed because it was unsafe, but because it wasn't needed.  After some time without maintenance it may become unsafe, but not straight away, so I see no problem with stopping there shortly after closure.

 

Location: Banned

Unneeded? It was unsafe for public use right from the beginning. It was built to serve a factory - only factory workers allowed to use it and it has no access other than from the site of the former factory.

Fastforward to 1991: Factory closes. No new access methods built and no road next to station (the muddy track doesn't count). Station opened to public but not staffed.

Fastforward to 2002: Still no new access methods built, there is still no road next to the station. Hardly anyone ever uses it. Station closes.

 
John of Melbourne The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: Melbourne suburbs

Unneeded? It was unsafe for public use right from the beginning.

- Somebody in the WWW



It was only unsafe if it was being used for things that it wasn't designed for, which could be said of almost anything.

 

Location: Banned

Yeah, and it was designed for... access from the factory. I can not beleive that in 11 years it went un-noticed that the only way to access an operating railway station was to walking onto the tracks & climb onto the platform because the only access method went into a fenced-off paddock!

 
John of Melbourne The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: Melbourne suburbs

Yeah, and it was designed for... access from the factory. I can not beleive that in 11 years it went un-noticed that the only way to access an operating railway station was to walking onto the tracks & climb onto the platform because the only access method went into a fenced-off paddock!

- Somebody in the WWW



I think I get your point now, but although GMH shut down their car factory there, they did retain a few (office?) staff, so there were still some workers that could and did use the station via the footbridge.  Then part of the site was leased to other industries, and their staff could have used the station also.

But the point was about the train stopping there after it closed.  As long as the people on the train didn't leave the platform, there should have been no problem.

 

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