Bellevue railway station, Perth

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Bellevue railway station (also known as Bellevue Junction) was an important junction station when the Eastern Railway first route passed through to Greenmount in the 1880s, when the second route passed through to Swan View, in the 1890s [1]- until the closure of the two routes in 1966 when the station was removed. It was for many years the final railway station of the metropolitan operations, just one station after Midland Junction.

Prior to the First World War, facilities at the station were criticised [2]

At the time of World War I - the station had a short branch line to the Helena Vale railway station at the Helena Vale Racecourse where troops alighted to march across to the Blackboy Hill army camp where they were stationed before they were taken to Fremantle where their ship traveled to the theatres of war.[3]

It was for considerable periods of its history the terminus of the Eastern Railway metropolitan railway passenger services. Exceptions after the closing of the Mundaring Branch Railway in 1954 - were when the Koongamia station construction saw re-use of the defunct Mundaring Branch Railway between 1960 and 1962. The line as far as Boya to the Mountain Quarry was kept open and in service while the quarry remained open.

Operations in the vicinity of the western part of the Bellevue railway station were considered to be part of the Midland Junction marshalling area in later years of operation.

The station was an island platform station [4] - and in the construction of alignment of the third route of the Eastern railway - commonly known as the Avon Valley route - all vestiges of the railway station were removed.

Railway station site looking east

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ News and notes : the new station at 24-mile. West Australian, 19 July 1897, p.4i
  2. ^ A good example is : - "THE PASSING SHOW.". The Daily News (Perth, WA : 1882 - 1950) (Perth, WA: National Library of Australia). 23 August 1913. p. 11 Edition: THIRD EDITION. Retrieved 2 October 2012. 
  3. ^ An example where marching from the Bellevue railway station to the camp - "MISCELLANEOUS.". Western Mail (Perth, WA : 1885 - 1954) (Perth, WA: National Library of Australia). 29 January 1915. p. 15. Retrieved 2 October 2012. 
  4. ^ Bellevue Railway Station - problem of island platform with no legal physical access - Swan express, 23 August 1902, p.2c - this was sorted out at a later date

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • Affleck, Fred N. On track : the making of Westrail, 1950 to 1976 . Perth : Westrail, 1978. ISBN 0-7244-7560-5
  • Elliot, Ian (1983). Mundaring - A History of the Shire, 2nd ed., Mundaring: Mundaring Shire. ISBN 0-9592776-0-9.
  • Quinlan, Howard & Newland, John R. Australian Railway Routes 1854-2000 2000. ISBN 0-909650-49-7
  • Watson, Lindsay The Railway History Of Midland Junction : Commemorating The Centenary Of Midland Junction, 1895-1995 Swan View, W.A : L & S Drafting in association with the Shire of Swan and the Western Australian Light Railway Preservation Association, [1995]
  • Watson, Lindsay.Midland Junction Railway Station Western rails, Vol 9, no.4(July 1987), p. 10-12

Coordinates: 31°53′56″S 116°01′40″E / 31.8988°S 116.0279°E / -31.8988; 116.0279