Did you know that in 1928 Victoria had 1,185 railway stations?

 
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia

Some interesting locations in that mix.  Would Sulky would be ideal for the north Ballarat Oval?

Connection to Daylesford from Ballarat would make a lot of sense today.

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  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
http://users.cdi.com.au/~johnc/railmap.htm for a more detailed view of the network.
  duttonbay Minister for Railways


Some interesting locations in that mix.  Would Sulky would be ideal for the north Ballarat Oval?
bevans
No. It's 10km or so away. The station at North Ballarat (not certain exactly where it was, but assume at the junction) is about 1.5km away.
  Gauntlet Chief Commissioner

Location:
Well done to Philip Mallis.
I'm assuming 1928 was when the all time high was reached.
It still needs a bit of editing because Ardeer, White City, Geelong Racecourse and Williamstown Racecourse are missing.
  route14 Chief Commissioner

Williamstown Racecource?
  duttonbay Minister for Railways

Williamstown Racecource?
route14
No. Williamstown Racecourse.
  freightgate Minister for Railways

Location: Albury, New South Wales
Lines in there I never knew about.

Great work by Phil  

Ballarat was a busy place back then.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
http://users.cdi.com.au/~johnc/railmap.htm for a more detailed view of the network.
bevans

John shows a line on the map http://users.cdi.com.au/~johnc/rlyv-sw.gif from Dunkeld to Penshurst.  Did this line ever get built?
  Contrillion Junior Train Controller

Location: Benalla, VIC
http://users.cdi.com.au/~johnc/railmap.htm for a more detailed view of the network.

John shows a line on the map http://users.cdi.com.au/~johnc/rlyv-sw.gif from Dunkeld to Penshurst.  Did this line ever get built?
bevans
Yes, it was built at the same time as the rest of the Hamilton-Koroit Line and operated for about 6 months (I believe a daily mixed train was the only regular traffic - there is a thread on this line in the depths of Railpage somewhere) before closure in 1891.
  BigShunter Chief Commissioner

Location: St Clair. S.A.
http://users.cdi.com.au/~johnc/railmap.htm for a more detailed view of the network.

John shows a line on the map http://users.cdi.com.au/~johnc/rlyv-sw.gif from Dunkeld to Penshurst.  Did this line ever get built?
bevans
Certainly did. If you drive from the highway down towards Penshurst ( swing er left off the road towards Hamilton, few K's out of Dunkeld, to the right goes to Cavendish ) not far along you cross the the old line formation and the formation is clearly visible as well as running parallel with the road about half way to Penshurst.



road curves away from rail line but clearly visible...

My  Grandparents moved to Penshurst in the early 60's and she was closed then.

As a young WhipperSnapper I traveled with a school excursion from Hamilton via Penshurst to Warrnambool on the train and home again, probably about 1973 or 4. There's a bit of nostalgia for ya.

BigShunter
  The Vinelander Minister for Railways

Location: Ballan, Victoria on the Ballarat RFR Line

Some interesting locations in that mix.  Would Sulky would be ideal for the north Ballarat Oval?

Connection to Daylesford from Ballarat would make a lot of sense today.
bevans

It's actually 'Learmonth' in the top left corner of this map.

Also on the full sized version the (short) lines to Bungaree and Lal Lal racecourses are missing.

OK I better stop now...this is my second edit...Bacchus Marsh Racecourse Platform is also missing from the full-sized map... Smile

Mike.
  n459L1150 Train Controller

Location: at sunbury on a V/line service into melbourne, waiting for thousands of impatient people to get on
and Echuca probably had a decent service
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
and Echuca probably had a decent service
n459L1150

I imagine Echuca would have enjoyed a daily or more to Bendigo and to Denni?  Maybe Moulemein?

Cohuna service how would that have been worked?
  Gman_86 Chief Commissioner

Location: Melton, where the sparks dare not roam!

Some interesting locations in that mix.  Would Sulky would be ideal for the north Ballarat Oval?

Connection to Daylesford from Ballarat would make a lot of sense today.

It's actually 'Learmonth' in the top left corner of this map.

Also on the full sized version the (short) lines to Bungaree and Lal Lal racecourses are missing.

OK I better stop now...this is my second edit...Bacchus Marsh Racecourse Platform is also missing from the full-sized map... Smile

Mike.
The Vinelander
There are a few missing that I noticed too, Leongatha is nowhere to be seen, same with Lethbridge and Geelong Racecourse.

Despite this, it really is a good bit of work.
  Contrillion Junior Train Controller

Location: Benalla, VIC
and Echuca probably had a decent service

I imagine Echuca would have enjoyed a daily or more to Bendigo and to Denni?  Maybe Moulemein?

Cohuna service how would that have been worked?
bevans
Indeed, from Echuca twice daily to/from Bendigo/Melbourne, and one daily return each to/from Deniliquin and all the way to Balranald via Moulamein.

From the 1928 VR timetable.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Appreciate the link to the timetables and was able to answer my own question in terms of Cohuna. Orginiated in Melbourne to Bendigo and thence express to Elmore and onto the branch from there.  No Sunday service.

  RedEyeExpress Junior Train Controller

Location: Melbourne
Thank you Bevans but surely something's amiss with "At the time, VR operated 156 million people in metropolitan Melbourne and over 8 million in regional Victoria across its huge network of 114 lines and 1,185 stations."
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
I still to this day recall vividly the trip from Melbourne to Strangeways changing at Castlemaine.

  Adogs Chief Train Controller

Couple of typos...  looking at Gippsland, at least Platina and Darlimurla are both spelled wrong.

Amazing job nonetheless though.
  kitchgp Chief Commissioner

Echuca also had twice daily from Toolamba (Tatura, Kyabram, Tongala). As mentioned previously in RP, in the 50s, 60s and early 70s, there was an additional AM service from Kyabram and PM return on school days. The AM service extended to Echuca Wharf.
  duttonbay Minister for Railways

and Echuca probably had a decent service

I imagine Echuca would have enjoyed a daily or more to Bendigo and to Denni?  Maybe Moulemein?

Cohuna service how would that have been worked?
Indeed, from Echuca twice daily to/from Bendigo/Melbourne, and one daily return each to/from Deniliquin and all the way to Balranald via Moulamein.

From the 1928 VR timetable.
Contrillion
Through trains Melbourne-Echuca indeed, and daily to Deniliquin, but the Balranald service was only three days a week. The timetable indicates that the connecting service from Echuca to Deniliquin was a through rail motor from Toolamba to Deniliquin. One rail motor ran Echuca-Toolamba-Deniliquin daily, while another ran the reverse.

It's a fascinating read, the 1928 timetable.

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