1927 Station Plan
1935 Signal Diagram
1974 Signal Diagram
Ballarat A box diagram
Ballarat West footbridge plan 01
Additional stations buildings at Ballarat West 01
Additional stations buildings at Ballarat West 02
Additional stations buildings at Ballarat West 03
Additional stations buildings at Ballarat West 04

A circa 1860 view, looking west, of Ballarat, called Ballarat West in the caption, shows a up passenger train and another loco making up a goods train.
Notice how the platform ends at the end of the arch.
Close up scans of the trains below.

Phoenix built S class 4-6-0. probably on the yard pilot pauses for this fine view at Ballarat, looking west, 1885
In this photo the platform has been extended considerably beyond the arch.
Photo by Emma Nettleton

Ballarat East looking towards Ballarat circa 1885. Obviously the home signal at the end of the platform was not
interlocked with the hand gates shown across the tracks!
Below is a close up scan of the same photo showing the type of signal in use prior to the introduction of VR's famous somersault signals.
Photo by Emma Nettleton

A view of Ballarat East looking West, towards Ballarat. The first time I remember travelling by train to Ballarat the down platform
was still extant and I believe our train stopped there, that would be about 1977. Compare this photo to the 1885 view taken from
almost the same spot! Photo date 1981

A very early photo of the goods yard and station at Ballarat. The main offices at the station were originally on the up side.

An S class sits on the Peel street bridge. This bridge was widened to accomodate a much enlarged Ballarat yard.

BELOW: Looking west at the coal gears and original smaller yard.

An A2 moves through one of the middle roads in a circa 1920 view.

A down train stands at the platform circa 1910. Photo taken from Ballarat B box
BELOW: A similiar view taken from around the same time.
State Library of Victoria collection.

A D3 shunts at Ballarat East in the late 1960s
Photo courtesy John Ward

Looking east at Ballarat loco depot, sometime in the 1960's
Official VR photo, Stuart Lodington collection.

The 8.30am Spencer St to Horsham pass. departs Ballarat, 1978

The Ballarat to Donald DRC docks into the platform at Ballarat behind the Spencer St. to Horsham pass. 1979


ABOVE: The up co-acting arrivals (post 30 and 30A) controlled by B box, 1979.


ABOVE: Post 11 at Ballarat, 1980
Photo courtesy Tony Tuchio

B 74 departs Ballarat on an up pass, 1979.

W 260 (with GY attached) on the yard pilot at Ballarat, it looks like it is detaching the vice regal cars off the down morning Horsham pass. Oct 1982.
Photo courtesy Andrew Hennell.

Standing on the up platform at Ballarat East looking towards Ballarat yard. The signalbox on the right was Ballarat East box, 1982

The royal train carrying Charles and Diana has just arrived at Ballarat. S 311 was the "pilot" loco that ran just ahead of the royal train
ensuring the track was clear, some wags called it the "minesweeper"
April 15 1983

A first series T class arrives Ballarat East on a empty wheat train from Geelong.
The much maligned W class diesel hydraulics performed the shunting
in and around the Ballarat area for many years. Feb. 1982

C 505 on a 15 car up Overland at Ballarat. C class were not common on the Overland but from late 1980 it happened sporadically.
He we see the train examiner at Ballarat telling the driver to "put 'em on" A modified test was required as the motorail
had been shunted from the front of the train to the rear.
My work diary says that on this particular trip the dynamic brake on C 505 was defective.
Dec. 10 1981

B 68 on an up pass. passes Ballarat East as it begins its ascent of Warrenheip bank. Ballarat East loco depot is seen on the left.
August 4 1984

The classleader of the C class decends Warrenheip bank as it approachs Ballarat East on Nov. 23 1985 on a Melbourne to Adelaide "jet"

ABOVE: Ballarat C box controlled the junction of the Maryborough and Ararat lines as well as the interlocked gates for Macarthur Street. Circa 1915.
Photo courtesy Wayne Salisbury

BELOW: Here is another photo of Ballarat C box, this photo was taken a bit earlier than the one above as electric light has yet to arrive judging by the huge lamp on the staff exchange platform my mate Peter Bruce writes as follows:

G'day all, I've had the attached photo of Ballarat C Box for ages and I've no recollection of how I came by it except that it was in the family.
I didn't attach any particular importance to it other than as a record of the early 20th century on the Victorian Railways.
But.....not so long ago I found out that my paternal Grandma's younger brother, Bill Howard, met eternity right here, at Ballarat C Box on or about May 9th, 1915.
He was hit and run down by a locomotive and died shortly afterward in hospital. His brother-in-law quoted him as saying:
" I was a fool to go for the staff, I completely forgot about the other train".
Presumably he was the signalman on duty.
So maybe he is the sportin' looking chap posing on the steps of C Box.

BELOW: The box was enlarged in 1927 to allow additional levers A, B, C & D to be provided in conjunction with the provision of the works depot siding. The photo below was taken in the early 1980's. The installation of 3 position signals on July 24 1992 made the box redundant although it still stands.
Photo courtesy Keith Lambert

Mounted above the frame of Ballarat C box were these 3 signal repeaters. These were provided when the Signal was a long distance
from the signal box and out of sight of the Signalman, or obscured from the Signalman's view.
Probably the most common usage of these indicators was for Distant signals (generally being the furthermost signal from the Signal box)
and then for Starting signals.

When the indicator pointed to "ON" it told the signalman that the signal was at its most restrictive aspect (arm horizontal)
"OFF" meant that the arm was showing proceed (arm at 45 degrees)
WRONG; indicated the arm was somewhere in between the
horizontal position and the position required to display. This could occur during hot weather with expansion in the signal wire, requiring
it to be tightened to display a proper indication. Also in cold weather with contraction in the signal wire, could prevent the arm going fully horizontal
requiring it to be slackened
Photo courtesy Alan Jungwirth

Officially this signalbox was called "Ballarat D box" but most people called it Linton Junction as it was where the lines from Ararat and Linton
(Skipton) came together. An up goods from the Ararat line hauled by an outside framed O class 0-6-0 hands up the staff. early 1900's.
The 3 arms took you, left to right, to Ballarat stockyards, Linton and Ararat line.
A standard issue VR gatehouse "departmental residence" is seen on the left.
Photo probably by Charles Gavan Duffy

The driver on T 362 picks up the staff from the signalman at Ballarat D box, better known as Linton Junction, on a Ballarat to Ararat goods. Oct 18 1982
Photo courtesy John Ward

ABOVE: A pair of C's diverge onto the Adelaide line at Linton Junction, the centre track went to Linton and the track on the right went to to the stockyards. Nov. 4 1978
Photo courtesy Warren Banfield

ABOVE: A pair of C's, this time on an up jet, has been backed onto the Skipton line to await a cross, this was quite common because in the later days the jets were far too big to be let intoBallarat yard without bringing the yard to a standstill. Dec. 1979


Y 123 on a rake of grain and livestock wagons heads west over the Lydiard street crossing. 1978.

2 S class on an up "jet" on Warrenheip bank photographed from the old highway overbridge. 1980

In 1987, two years after I transfered to "the sparks" I was given the chance to relieve at Dynon due to staff shortages.
I worked out of Dynon for 3 months and managed to get myself teamed up with other railfans. Here is a train Stuart Loddington and I
ran from Dimboola to Melbourne. (G 513 - 934, 1420 tonnes #9128) We had a long wait at Ballarat so the time was used to climb a
signal to make this photo on a very typical cold, dreary, wet, Ballarat winter day. August 8 1987.

Whilst running an up Ararat to Melbourne "jet" we encountered the obligatory signal block at Ballarat.
G 513 - C 509 9128 express goods, with 50 bogie vehicles for a total weight of 2,478 tonnes.
July 17 1988

A Ballarat to Spencer Street pass. awaits departure from Ballarat. Jan. 10 2004.

Hitachi motor M 37 shows off the latest Connex colour scheme at Ballarat whilst being transfered to Melbourne having
been tarted up at Ballarat workshops.
Sept. 29 2007
Photo courtesy Daniel McKee

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