Despite comparative closeness to Melbourne, the town of Whittlesea and the stations it served beyond the Melbourne suburban electrified area had a comparatively small population. The freight service to Whittlesea was closed in the mid 1950s and the passenger service remained until the line beyond Thomastown was closed on 28 November 1959. The line was partially reopened for suburban electric trains as far Epping in the early 1960s, with the track beyond removed in 1970, although the section from Epping from South Morang has been subsequently relaid and opened in 2012. The former right-of-way remains in Victorian Government ownership, with the section between South Morang and Mernda proposed to be reopened over the next decade. The station also had a siding which connected to the Kinglake timber tramway.