Rockbank railway station
Eastbound view from Platform 2 in October 2010
|Location||Station Street, Rockbank|
|Distance||30.19 kilometres from Southern Cross|
|Fare zone||Myki Zone 2|
|Website||Public Transport Victoria|
|Opened||2 April 1884|
The station opened as Mount Atkinson on 2 April 1884, at the same time as the Serviceton line though it, and was renamed Rockbank in 1889. Being on a single track railway line, it provided a crossing loop for trains, and continues to do so today. By 1914, it had a three road yard, a passenger platform on the southern track, a goods platform on the northern track, and an interlocked signal box. The station served the local farming community. With a chaff mill established in the 1890s, and the recreation reserve and tennis club located nearby, the station became the focus of the Rockbank community.
In 1960, the crossing loop was extended for longer trains of up to 730 metres, and a short platform was provided on the loop road. In 1976, centralised traffic control was provided on the line from Sunshine to Rockbank. By the 1970s, the mill was disused, and the station building was demolished circa 1985. In 1986, the yard was rationalised to main line and crossing loop, and in 1990, the mechanical signals and points were removed, and replaced by remotely controlled signalling, operated from the Bacchus Marsh signal box. The current northern platform (Platform 2) was not added until 1992, replacing the former short platform. As part of the Regional Fast Rail project, control of the signals was transferred to the Ballarat signal box in 2005.
Platforms & services
Rockbank has two side platforms. It is serviced by V/Line Ballarat line services. Platform 1 is located on the main line, with all stopping services scheduled to use this platform. Platform 2 is located on a crossing loop, permitting trains up to 750 metres long to cross. The former short platform is located at the Down end of the station, located on the crossing loop.
- No scheduled passenger services.
Ballarat line upgrade
The Victoria Goverment's Regional Rail Revival Ballarat Line Upgrade includes duplication from Deer Park to Melton and a rebuild of Rockbank station including two side platforms, an accessible pedestrian overpass.
Sita Buslines operates one route via Rockbank station:
- Rockbank Vicsig
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- Minister for Public Transport (1 March 2017). "$518 Million Ballarat Line Upgrade Released To Market". Premier of Victoria website. Retrieved 2 February 2019.
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