Benalla railway station
Eastbound view in November 2008
|Location||Mackellar Street, Benalla
|Distance||195.25 kilometres from Southern Cross|
|Platforms||2 (1 island)|
|Fare zone||Myki Zone 16|
|Website||Public Transport Victoria|
|Opened||18 August 1873|
Benalla railway station is located on the North East line, in Victoria, Australia. It serves the town of Benalla, and opened on 18 August 1873, as the temporary terminus of the line from Violet Town, before it was extended to Wangaratta on 28 October 1873.
A goods shed and sidings are located to the west of the station, whilst a locomotive depot was formerly located to the north. A turntable remains, and, until the broad gauge was converted to standard gauge, was occasionally used by steam locomotives.
The site of the station was a controversial decision at the time, guided by the 1870 flood of the Broken River to the south that engulfed the town. The railway line opened on 18 August 1873, but only temporary facilities were provided. The first permanent building was provided in 1874, of identical design to that at Seymour. It was extended in 1888, including dining and refreshment room facilities and administrative offices, all topped by a large tower, all of which were demolished by late 1974.
The bridge over the Broken River, of iron plate-girder construction, was the longest metal girder bridge in Australia at the time of construction, totalling 241.7 metres. Listed on the Victorian Heritage Register, it was the second bridge of its type built in Victoria, and the first metal railway bridge both designed and fabricated within the colony.
The Oaklands branch line to St James opened in 1883, and was extended to Yarrawonga in 1886. The goods yard was expanded for this extra traffic in 1885, with more sidings added in 1902. Around this time, the original goods shed was demolished and replaced. The Tatong branch line followed in 1913, and remained until closure in 1947.
In 1913, Benalla gained a second and third platform, these being a wide island platform, with a cantilevered verandah, located to the west of the main station building. The platforms were linked by an iron footbridge, which was provided in 1888, and was located across the station yard. The island platform was removed in 1937, leaving the main platform only. Two signal boxes were built in 1888, both being extended in 1914. Only the Up end signal box remains today, unused.
A locomotive shed was provided at Benalla early on, located at the Down end of the station yard. Of corrugated iron construction, it could house six engines. In 1899, a roundhouse shed was erected, with the old shed used for wagon repairs. In 1908, a 70 feet (21 m) long turntable was provided, replaced in 1953 by an electrically driven unit. After the demise of steam locomotives, usage declined, with several stalls removed in 1960, to permit the passage of the parallel standard gauge track.
An underpass was provided at the Up end of the station in 1979, to replace a footbridge that was located at the Down end of the station.
In 1985, the former Way & Works area was replace with a new camp site. During this time, the former office and crew rooms of the locomotive depot were also demolished. The passenger facilities in the main station building were also refurbished during this time.
Further alterations occurred in May 1991, including the removal of a number of sidings, crossovers, disc signals and signal posts, and the sleeving of a number of levers. Also during 1991, the electric staff sections Benalla - Glenrowan - Wangaratta were abolished, and was replaced with electric staff section Benalla 'B' Box - Wangaratta.
Platforms & services
- Albury line: V/Line services to Southern Cross
- NSW TrainLink Southern: XPT services to Southern Cross
B74 and S303 at Benalla station on the Spirit of Progress on the 70th Anniversary in November 2007
- Benalla Vicsig
- Turton, Keith W (1973). Six And A Half Inches From Destiny. Australian Railway Historical Society. pp. 99, 127. ISBN 0-85849-012-9.
- "Way & Works". Newsrail. Australian Railway Historical Society. February 1975. p. 44.
- "Railway Bridge over Broken River - Benalla". National Trust of Australia. Retrieved 2008-12-24.
- "Works". Newsrail. Australian Railway Historical Society. September 1985. p. 281.
- "Works". Newsrail. Australian Railway Historical Society. May 1985. p. 147.
- "Works". Newsrail. Australian Railway Historical Society. July 1988. p. 220.
- "Works". Newsrail. Australian Railway Historical Society. August 1991. p. 253.
- "Works". Newsrail. Australian Railway Historical Society. October 1991. p. 338.
- "Operations". Newsrail. Australian Railway Heritage Society: 55. February 1995.
- Albury - Melbourne Public Transport Victoria
- "Southern timetable" (PDF). NSW Trainlink. 20 October 2013 [Updated 30 June 2014].
- Media related to Benalla railway station at Wikimedia Commons
- Rail Geelong gallery
- Victorian Railway Stations gallery
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