Violet Town railway station

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Violet Town
PTV regional rail station
Violet Town railway station.jpg
Violet Town railway station building in March 2015
LocationPrimrose Street, Violet Town
Victoria, Australia
Coordinates 36°38′16″S145°43′08″E / 36.6379°S 145.7190°E / -36.6379; 145.7190 Coordinates: 36°38′16″S145°43′08″E / 36.6379°S 145.7190°E / -36.6379; 145.7190
Owned by VicTrack
Operated by V/Line
Line(s) North East
Distance169.33 kilometres from Southern Cross
Platforms2 (1 island)
Tracks2
Construction
Structure typeGround
ParkingYes
Disabled accessYes
Other information
StatusUnstaffed
Station codeVTN
Fare zoneZone 13
Website Public Transport Victoria
History
Opened20 March 1873
Rebuilt2009
ElectrifiedNo
Services
Preceding station V/Line Following station
Euroa Albury line Benalla
towards Albury

Violet Town railway station is located on the North East line in Victoria, Australia. It serves the town of Violet Town. It opened on 20 March 1873 as the temporary terminus of the line from Longwood, before it was extended to Benalla on 18 August 1873. [1]

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History

The station opened with the line in 1873, and was an important railhead before the opening of the Goulburn Valley line to the west. A temporary building was initially provided, replaced in 1876 by a weatherboard structure. The goods shed provided with the opening of the line was still in use in the 1970s. [2]

In 1909, the goods yard was extended and a new signal box provided, with the main line slewed to run through the platform, instead of no. 2 road as previously. In 1938, the yard was again altered, and the station building was moved to its current position at the northern end of the platform. [2]

Boom barriers were provided at the Cowslip Street level crossing, located at the Albury (Down) end of the station, in 1961. [3]

On 7 February 1969, the Violet Town rail accident occurred one kilometre south of the station, when the southbound Southern Aurora passenger train collided head on with a northbound freight train. [4]

On 5 January 1994, a number of track and signal alterations took place, including the abolition of no. 3 road, sidings A and B and a number of disc signals and points. [5]

As part of the North East Rail Revitalisation Project, a second platform was constructed on the 1960s built standard gauge line, in conjunction with the standard gauge conversion of the existing broad gauge track. Work began in December 2008, and was completed in late 2009. [6] [7] [8]

Former station Balmattum was located between Violet Town and Euroa, while Baddaginnie was located between Violet Town and Benalla.

Platforms & services

Violet Town has one island platform with two faces. It is serviced by V/Line Albury line services. [9]

Platform 1:

Platform 2:

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References

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  4. Violet Town, Vic: Rail Collision Australian Emergency Management
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  6. Program of Works South Improvement Alliance
  7. $500 million rail link upgrade for Victoria's north-east The Age 30 May 2008
  8. North East rail project will bring local and national benefits Archived 2009-09-29 at the Wayback Machine Australian Rail Track Corporation 13 March 2009
  9. Albury - Melbourne Public Transport Victoria