Yarraville Station and crossing c1916 … still waiting at the gates!


    The first train line came through Yarraville in 1859, but the station itself didn’t open until 1871 – back then it was called South Footscray! Those early wooden passenger structures weren’t up to the task for a growing village, so by the 1890s, Yarraville got the grand brick station we know today.

    Look closely at the old photo – see those downward steps on the right? That’s the entrance to the infamous ‘Yarraville Underpass’ that enabled pedestrians safe and efficient passage under the train & goods yard lines even whilst trains were passing. It was unfortunately filled in 1990. The goods yard ceased operation in 1969 and was completely removed by 1991. Next time you’re at the station, see if you can spot the original goods line at the crossing and the signalling tower near the blocks play area. 

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