Stopping all stations except Rupertswood

 
  beanzs27 Assistant Commissioner

has anyone else noticed at Watergardens that the electronic notice for stops on the Bendigo bound train says "stopping all stations except Rupertswood" yet no trains at all stop anymore

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  Ballast_Plough Chief Commissioner

Location: Lilydale, Vic
I thought Rupertswood only had a platform for up trains anyway? In which case a Bendigo train from watergardens couldn't stop there anyway.
  C500 Junior Train Controller

Sounds like "stopping all stations except General Motors" on the Pakenham line.

Which reminds me, have they gotten rid of that announcement yet?
  Shacks Ghanzel

Location: Sir Big Lens of the Distant Upper Hunter
Better than some of the City Rail announcements where they list all the stations the train is not stopping at and they rattle off like 15 of them. Might have been quicker to tell us where it IS stopping. Reminds me of The Met near on 30 years ago.
  kuldalai Chief Commissioner

Rupertswood had platforms on both Up and Down lines. Trains ceased stopping there with the start of new RFR timetable in 2006 . As a result it is now closed in a "de facto" sense.
  K160 Minister for Railways

Location: Bendigo
It was used to drop students off at the nearby school. A shelter was provided for students on the UP platform (not necessary on the DOWN side).. Both the platform and shelter on the UP side are still there today.
  574M White Guru

Location: Shepparton
Yes, I can tell you stories about overshooting Rupertswood.
  vlocity160 V/Gunzel

There is a newspaper article posted in the library of the school at Rupertswood (Salesian College) titled "Last stand for station". Also has a photo of an N class with students boarding the train. Just a random piece of information.
  NR77 Chief Commissioner

I've got a copy of that sitting around somewhere.
Slightly off topic will the electrification be extended to Rupertswood to return train services to the school?
  vlocity160 V/Gunzel

Highly doubt it as there is no need to do so. There is a sufficient bus service which operates via Sunbury station for those students who do catch the train to attend the school. Don't know why they would electrify that small area anyway, is not viable as the station would also need an upgrade.
  xxxxlbear Token Booking Clerk

Location: Geelong
Just slightly off topic, but unfortunately, my parents sent me to board at Salesian College [Rupertswood] for years 9 &10 in 1979/80, and I consequently spent many a happy hour in and around the platforms watching trains, and daydreaming about who was on those trains and where they were going to.
  Myrtone Chief Commissioner

Location: North Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria
Rupetswood? I have never heard of that before.
  xxxxlbear Token Booking Clerk

Location: Geelong
Well, now you have  Very Happy
  vlocity160 V/Gunzel

Just slightly off topic, but unfortunately, my parents sent me to board at Salesian College [Rupertswood] for years 9 &10 in 1979/80, and I consequently spent many a happy hour in and around the platforms watching trains, and daydreaming about who was on those trains and where they were going to.

haha current student here! Station has been fenced off from the school side of the tracks and is used as an access point for RN&A Crews.

Rupetswood? I have never heard of that before.
"Myrtone"
Neither have I. I have heard of Rupertswood before though.  Razz Basically Rupertswood was a small station used by the Clarke's when they owned the now know Rupertswood Mansion. English cricket team may have even used the station at some time I am lead to believe also with the Ashes birth match! The Mansion was later sold to the Salesian Religious order, who made use of the station for students to catch the train. It was used for that purpose up until prior to RFR, when it was fenced off and abandond. The station still is evident today. THe shed on the up track side is also visable from the college.

Some background info for those who were interested.
  galvinpaisley Station Master

the metlink/viclink website also mentions Rupertswood.
  xxxxlbear Token Booking Clerk

Location: Geelong
Just slightly off topic, but unfortunately, my parents sent me to board at Salesian College [Rupertswood] for years 9 &10 in 1979/80, and I consequently spent many a happy hour in and around the platforms watching trains, and daydreaming about who was on those trains and where they were going to.

haha current student here! Station has been fenced off from the school side of the tracks and is used as an access point for RN&A Crews.

Rupetswood? I have never heard of that before.
"Myrtone"
Neither have I. I have heard of Rupertswood before though.  Razz Basically Rupertswood was a small station used by the Clarke's when they owned the now know Rupertswood Mansion. English cricket team may have even used the station at some time I am lead to believe also with the Ashes birth match! The Mansion was later sold to the Salesian Religious order, who made use of the station for students to catch the train. It was used for that purpose up until prior to RFR, when it was fenced off and abandond. The station still is evident today. THe shed on the up track side is also visable from the college.

Some background info for those who were interested.
"vlocity160"
Indeed, from what limited memory I have of the hisory of Rupertswood in relation to the railway line; when the line from Melbourne was being built, Clarke already owned the mansion at Rupertswood, and this included many acres of land around it as well. Being extremely wealthy, he was able to hand over plenty of money to the railways to have the rail line deviate through his property in Sunbury to allow for wealthy people to travel to Rupertswood for balls and parties in and around the mansion ballroom [which is now the Chapel]. Also, the next station along is named after Clarke, Clarkefield.
  A4000Bear Junior Train Controller

Location: Taradale, Vic
Indeed, from what limited memory I have of the hisory of Rupertswood in relation to the railway line; when the line from Melbourne was being built, Clarke already owned the mansion at Rupertswood, and this included many acres of land around it as well. Being extremely wealthy, he was able to hand over plenty of money to the railways to have the rail line deviate through his property in Sunbury to allow for wealthy people to travel to Rupertswood for balls and parties in and around the mansion ballroom [which is now the Chapel]. Also, the next station along is named after Clarke, Clarkefield.
"xxxxlbear"


Its an interesting story...I have also heard that Sunbury was originally near where the Calder Freeway now is, and relocated to its present position to be near the railway line/station. In 1859 Sunbury was very much smaller then! I also understand that Clarke used the railway to improve the property values of the land he owned.

Is there anyone out there that can confirm this?

Now if it wasn't for Clarke, we would likely have a much more direct rail route to Bendigo, and not have millions of people over 150 years waste time on each journey. Grrr!
  beanzs27 Assistant Commissioner

I noticed the other day at Sunbury that "not stopping at Rupertswood" is still being displayed on the display board on platform 2.

Why when the display is computerised is Rupertswood still mentioned?
  railblogger Chief Commissioner

Location: At the back of the train, quitely doing exactly what you'd expect.
I noticed the other day at Sunbury that "not stopping at Rupertswood" is still being displayed on the display board on platform 2.

Why when the display is computerised is Rupertswood still mentioned?
beanzs27
I think it's still in the system. I remember seeing "Running express from Sunbury to Clarkefield" at one of the other stations on the line, but can't remember which one.
  Calgully Deputy Commissioner

Location:
I think it's still in the system. I remember seeing "Running express from Sunbury to Clarkefield" at one of the other stations on the line, but can't remember which one.
railblogger

Computerised displays at North Melbourne etc still show the ghost of Parwan station on the Bacchus Marsh line - and it closed over 25 years ago!
  Impulse-Rail Station Master
  xxxxlbear Token Booking Clerk

Location: Geelong
Thanks for reviving a 4 year old thread!!! Smile

Who amongst us can actually say that we have actually used the platform?
I have used the platform, as I used to board at Salesian College (1978 to 1980) when it was a boy only boarding (plus day students) college.
  Gman_86 Chief Commissioner

Location: Melton, where the sparks dare not roam!
My sister is a teacher at Rupertswood when I asked her about this station she explained to me the teachers of the time (she didn't start teaching there until after the station was closed) were quite pleased when it closed. Apparently at least one staff member had to be stationed there after school hours until the students had boarded to supervise. So on that count, it sounds like the school isn't in a hurry to reinstate the station.
  historian Deputy Commissioner

Its an interesting story...I have also heard that Sunbury was originally near where the Calder Freeway now is, and relocated to its present position to be near the railway line/station. In 1859 Sunbury was very much smaller then! I also understand that Clarke used the railway to improve the property values of the land he owned.

Is there anyone out there that can confirm this?

Now if it wasn't for Clarke, we would likely have a much more direct rail route to Bendigo, and not have millions of people over 150 years waste time on each journey. Grrr!
A4000Bear

A glance at any topographical map of the area between Sunbury and Gisborne (or, indeed, driving the Calder) will show just how carefully the railway engineers located the Bendigo line.

The direct line would have had to pass around a series of old volcano cones - Gilbey's Hill, Mt Aitken, Burke's Hill, Mt Holden, Deverall's Hill, Red Rock - and then cross the Jackson's Creek/Macedon River valley at right angles.

Instead, the engineers chose to cross Jackson's Creek at Sunbury where the west bank was fairly low. Then came a concentrated climb up the east bank of Jackson's Creek to the basalt plains. Heavy earthworks were concentrated in this section. Once on the basalt plain, the line paralleled Jackson's Creek to Clarkefield where it turned west. Still on the basalt plain between the ranges to the north, and Jackson's Creek valley to the south, it was relatively easy earthworks through Riddell's Creek and (new) Gisborne to the start of the climb through Macedon.

Careful location, minimising earthworks and grades. Even more impressive as it was done well before any general survey work had been done.
  Simbera Train Controller

Computerised displays at North Melbourne etc still show the ghost of Parwan station on the Bacchus Marsh line - and it closed over 25 years ago!
Calgully
Displays at Sunshine do as well. I didn't realise it was 25 years ago, why don't they remove these defunct stations when updating software?

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