Little River Station

Station
Line: Melbourne - Geelong - Warrnambool
Distance from Melbourne: 47.561 km
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Opened: January 1, 1857

Little River has two side platforms, located between the level crossing and the river. The station is unstaffed and a mere wayside stop for Geelong trains. A pedestrian crossing at the down end links the platforms, with a disused bluestone station building and lamp room on the Geelong bound platform, and a boarded up bluestone goods shed opposite. The standard gauge track slews around the shed. On the broad gauge a crossover at each end allows trains from either direction to access the southern platform.

History


Opened with the line in 1857, the original station was opened 300 metres to the west on the other side of the Little River. The present station building and goods shed at Litter River were erected in 1864. Little River was known as Bulban between 1910 and 1912. Serving the township of the same name, the station also served as an important crossing point in the single line section.

On the night of April 2, 1884 the station was the site of a head on collision between an up Ballarat via Geelong passenger train and a down Geelong goods. The drivers of both trains were killed, as well as a passenger. The line was using 'staff and ticket' rules at the time. The station master at Werribee had gone away without leave, with an employee without telegraph experience being left in charge, while the SM's daughter had knowledge of the system. The employee gave the train staff to the driver of the down goods and was sent down the line, while the SM's daughter telegraphed 'line clear' to Little River, who then despatched the passenger train into the same section in the opposite direction.

The siding through the goods shed was disconnected in 1970. A second platform (platform 1) was provided on duplication to Lara in 1981. Additional platform shelters were provided to platform 1 (Melbourne bound) in 2006. Purple Viclink signage was installed in June 2008.

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Events


January 1, 1857 Opened
March 5, 1914 Dead end siding extensions provided
June 27, 1965 Siding B connected to main line at down end as running line
October 8, 1970 Mechanical interlocking replaced by local panel. Up end crossover replaced with high speed crossover in reversed orientation.
October 25, 1970 No 3 road abolished
December 7, 1973 Remote control from Werribee provided
Line Opened
January 1, 1857 Line opened Little River to Lara
June 25, 1857 Line officially opened between Geelong and at temporary terminus at Greenwich. A ferry was used the complete the journey to Melbourne
October 3, 1857 Temporary Greenwich terminal and stub line closed. Geelong line now connected to the partially completed Williamstown line. A ferry complete the journey from Williamstown to Melbourne
January 17, 1859 Williamstown line finally completed to Melbourne. Geelong trains can now operate direct to Spencer Street Station
Track Amplified
October 25, 1970 Line duplicated Werribee to Little River
June 4, 1981 Line duplicated Little River to Lara
Safeworking
August 5, 1898 Large Electric Staff provided Werribee - Little River - Lara
February 2, 1911 Manor opened. Large Electric Staff section now Manor - Little River
(April 27, 1914) Miniature Electric Staff provided Manor - Little River - Lara
July 15, 1928 Automatic and Track Control provided Manor - Little River - Lara
October 25, 1970 Manor closed. Automatic and Track Control section now Werribee - Little River

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Diagrams


NOTE: Diagrams are not to scale.

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Photos


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Goods shed and platform 1 viewed from the down end

Goods shed and platform 1 viewed from the down end

Little River's station building

Little River's station building

Little River's station building

Little River's station building

Signage and shelters on platform 1

Signage and shelters on platform 1

Signage on platform 1

Signage on platform 1

Station building

Station building

Station building and lamp room on platform 2

Station building and lamp room on platform 2

Passsenger shelters on platform 1

Passsenger shelters on platform 1

Lamp room on platform 2

Lamp room on platform 2

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