Whyalla Station

 
  Top Cat Assistant Commissioner

Location: Under Hilton Bridge

The Whyalla line was opened in October 1972.....almost 40 years ago.  The Whyalla staton at the time was the most modern in SA, facing great expectations of a new regional rail passenger era.

The station building was demolished a couple of weeks ago.


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  greasyrhys Chief Commissioner

Location: MacDonald Park, SA
What a waste of a station. Was dumb and cheap of AN back in 1990 to cut all the remaining country passenger services. Unforgivable.
  rhino Chief Commissioner

Location: Oakbonk SA
Does anyone have a photo of Whyalla Station?
  85trainfan Train Controller

Location: If only I Knew, that would make 2 of us :)
Does anyone have a photo of Whyalla Station?
"rhino"


Ive seen various photos of the Outside, what I'd like too see, is what the inside used to look like
  code red Locomotive Driver

Does anyone have a photo of Whyalla Station?
"rhino"


Ive seen various photos of the Outside, what I'd like too see, is what the inside used to look like
"85trainfan"




http://www.johnnyspages.com/classic_pictures_menu_files/classic_present_day_pics_files/1_up_north_whyalla_2009/76_whyalla_trip_whyalla_station.jpg
  xdford Chief Train Controller

While it was modern at the time, there was nothing particular or remarkable about it. It was effectively a straight through hall type building as I recall with a few waiting chairs etc. I remember having a lengthy conversation with Bill Mudie at the time... but nothing particularly stands out. I would have been there another three times in all but nothing still stands out, 

Perhaps that is why there are few if photos seem to be apparent,

Regards

Trevor
  hosk1956 Deputy Commissioner

Location: no where near gunzels
While it was modern at the time, there was nothing particular or remarkable about it. It was effectively a straight through hall type building as I recall with a few waiting chairs etc. I remember having a lengthy conversation with Bill Mudie at the time... but nothing particularly stands out. I would have been there another three times in all but nothing still stands out, 

Perhaps that is why there are few if photos seem to be apparent,

Regards

Trevor
"xdford"




My one and only trip in a revenue running Budd car (not that we contributed much to revenue with our railway passes) was to Whyalla with you Trevor, I can only remember doing one trip though and I can't remember much about the station other than it was nothing special inside or out, it certainly has not left an impression.

Wayne
  rhino Chief Commissioner

Location: Oakbonk SA
Thanks for the link to the photo - I should have thought to look at Johnny's pages myself! Smile
  steam4ian Chief Commissioner

G'day all

Internally the Whyalla station building had the parcels/luggage area at the northern end, then as somebody has said a hall from the western entrance to the platform. The Hall formed part of an L shaped waiting area which occupied the western (Road) side with offices on the eastern (platform) side and amenities at the southern end.

It was a functional building which anticipated a useful rail service to/from Adelaide. Nothing exciting, green vinyl tiled floor utilitatian waiting chairs.

Its modern enough for drawings to exist.

Regards
Ian
  Top Cat Assistant Commissioner

Location: Under Hilton Bridge
The main point for me to post this new thread was not about the "charms" of the station building it was to highlight a key point.....in 1972 the powers to be built a regional station building to service passenger trains and at the time (naturally) it was the most modern at the time.....and apart from Keswick Terminal built in 1983...what other new station buildings were/had been built in a regional area? 8)
  steam4ian Chief Commissioner

The main point for me to post this new thread was not about the "charms" of the station building it was to highlight a key point.....in 1972 the powers to be built a regional station building to service passenger trains and at the time (naturally) it was the most modern at the time.....and apart from Keswick Terminal built in 1983...what other new station buildings were/had been built in a regional area? 8)
"Top Cat"


Mary Ellie Street Port Pirie was built in the late 60s.

About the late 60s a new station building was erected at Freeling.

A new building was erected at Wolsley sometime in this era.

Ian
  greasyrhys Chief Commissioner

Location: MacDonald Park, SA
Also built around the same time as Mary Elle Street was the new ugly Peterborough station, which has a disused two-storey station building on the former broad gauge side and boarded-up signal cabin.

Peterbourough would have been very busy when the new station was completed, with passenger services from Terowie, Quorn, Cockburn and Port Pirie. And plenty of goods trains with the mighty Garratts as well. Now it's only the Indian Pacific that stops there (on request).
  steam4ian Chief Commissioner

Also built around the same time as Mary Elle Street was the new ugly Peterborough station, which has a disused two-storey station building on the former broad gauge side and boarded-up signal cabin. Peterbourough would have been very busy when the new station was completed, with passenger services from Terowie, Quorn, Cockburn and Port Pirie. And plenty of goods trains with the mighty Garratts as well. Now it's only the Indian Pacific that stops there (on request).
"greasyrhys"


G'day Rhys

Your grasp on history must be very tenuous. The PB station came into use the same time as the demise of the Garratts Jan 1970. Before that date the rail motor services to Quorn and Pt Pirie had also ceased. The station was used for the IP connection to/from Adelaide twice a week and a somewhat simplified Broken Hill service.

PB was hardly the important transport interchange it might have been in the 1920s. From what I can see of old timetables it was not a place where changing trains was necessary; services such as Quorn and Broken Hill worked through from Terowie.

For interest I travelled through PB twice, once on the IP from Sydney where we changed to the Blue Bird at PB and prior to that also from Sydney via Crystal Street and Sulphide St on the NG,  changed at Terowie about 4 am. I tried to stay awake on the NG run but succumbed to the gentle rocking of the old cars and slept from Cockburn to PB. I upset the Station people in Sydney by upgrading my NSW fare to first class and not the SAR. NSW second class was less comfortable than the Bay tram, same throw over seats; I told the NSWGR people so.

So many memories, so few photos!

Regards
Ian


  Sir Thomas Bent Minister for Railways

Location: Banned
I think they did Whyalla a massive favour.

By the Gods, that was an ugly, ugly station.
  greasyrhys Chief Commissioner

Location: MacDonald Park, SA
Oops, my bad. I thought that the new PB station was finished in the late 60's, but it turned out that the old station was torn down, and the new station finished in 1970.
  62440 Deputy Commissioner

Last time I used the Whyalla train, I booked at the station which was open on a single day shift. As the train left at 530am and returned after 11pm, the station staff never actually got to see the train.
Incidentally the train was half full and comfortable with free tea, coffee and biscuits throughout.
After that ceased I occasionally caught the IP to Port Augusta and connected to the bus there.
The station building is no great loss to architecture or heritage. At least the railway remains busy.
Other trivia, until recently, the rails were original 1915 TAR 80# cascaded from TAR upgrades, ironic that all BHP new rail travelled over them.
  David Peters Dr Beeching

Location: "With Hey Boy".
Last time I used the Whyalla train, I booked at the station which was open on a single day shift. As the train left at 530am and returned after 11pm, the station staff never actually got to see the train.
Incidentally the train was half full and comfortable with free tea, coffee and biscuits throughout.
After that ceased I occasionally caught the IP to Port Augusta and connected to the bus there.
The station building is no great loss to architecture or heritage. At least the railway remains busy.
Other trivia, until recently, the rails were original 1915 TAR 80# cascaded from TAR upgrades, ironic that all BHP new rail travelled over them.
"62440"


My bolding by the way. I am not having a go at you 62240 but the IP has never gone to Whyalla, that I know of anyway. The only other train's that were used would have either been a head end train possibly using IP type cars or Blue Bird railcars when the Budd Cars were not available.
  duttonbay Minister for Railways

Last time I used the Whyalla train, I booked at the station which was open on a single day shift. As the train left at 530am and returned after 11pm, the station staff never actually got to see the train.
Incidentally the train was half full and comfortable with free tea, coffee and biscuits throughout.
After that ceased I occasionally caught the IP to Port Augusta and connected to the bus there.
The station building is no great loss to architecture or heritage. At least the railway remains busy.
Other trivia, until recently, the rails were original 1915 TAR 80# cascaded from TAR upgrades, ironic that all BHP new rail travelled over them.
"62440"


My bolding by the way. I am not having a go at you 62240 but the IP has never gone to Whyalla, that I know of anyway. The only other train's that were used would have either been a head end train possibly using IP type cars or Blue Bird railcars when the Budd Cars were not available.
"David Peters"

Have you considered that trip might have been from Adelaide? (My bolding)
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
Last time I used the Whyalla train, I booked at the station which was open on a single day shift. As the train left at 530am and returned after 11pm, the station staff never actually got to see the train.
Incidentally the train was half full and comfortable with free tea, coffee and biscuits throughout.
After that ceased I occasionally caught the IP to Port Augusta and connected to the bus there.
The station building is no great loss to architecture or heritage. At least the railway remains busy.
Other trivia, until recently, the rails were original 1915 TAR 80# cascaded from TAR upgrades, ironic that all BHP new rail travelled over them.
"62440"


My bolding by the way. I am not having a go at you 62240 but the IP has never gone to Whyalla, that I know of anyway. The only other train's that were used would have either been a head end train possibly using IP type cars or Blue Bird railcars when the Budd Cars were not available.
"David Peters"

Have you considered that trip might have been from Adelaide? (My bolding)
"duttonbay"


Thats the way I took it too John, IP to Pt Augusta then bus to Whyalla.
  David Peters Dr Beeching

Location: "With Hey Boy".
Yes I should have considered that Dutton Bay, I have not got the old thinking cap warmed up just yet. You are quite right though.

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