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The town of Nyora today is a reasonably sized township with the South Eastern Melbourne Suburban sprawl lurking ever closer to the South Gippsland and Bass Coast regions. The town is situated within the vicinity of lush and green rolling hills from the Strzelecki Ranges, relatively close to Westernport Bay and is adjacent to the Koala State Forest where various Sand Mining operations continue on daily. The opening of ‘The Great Southern Railway Line’ section from Tooradin to Loch on Tuesday the 11th of November, 1890 played an important role in the development of the Nyora community. In another 20 years’ time, the railway station became an important point on the South Gippsland (Port Albert) mainline as it served as the junction for the Wonthaggi railway line when coal deposits were mined from the State Coal Mine at Wonthaggi.
Five years later in 1915, the single storey weatherboard station building that is still standing today was completed. Another unique feature of Nyora is that it once and still has a yard layout that was similar to the larger and more highly populated townships along the South Eastern mainline such as Cranbourne, Koo-wee-rup, Korumburra, Leongatha, Foster and Yarram. The 1968 railway station yard diagram shows that at one stage, there were four track roads, three goods tracks on both the Melbourne and Yarram sides, 4 locomotive pits around the turntable and a cattle siding that was linked to the Number 4 track road over the Poowong Road level crossing. Up until the closure of the South Gippsland railway line, the station had an operational turntable and water tower that are both located on the Melbourne side of the station.
The significance of the station greatly declined after the era of Steam when coal mining in the Bass Coast all but ceased. However, Nyora continued to serve as the junction for the Wonthaggi branch line until line closed on Tuesday the 21st of November, 1978, while passenger services had ceased almost a year earlier on Sunday the 4th of December, 1977. Despite this proposition during the transition from steam to dieselisation after 1960, Nyora was often a location for Heritage Steam Specials that often took place during school holiday periods. It is fair to say until recently that Bacchus Marsh took over the mantle from Nyora when the line was speculated to be closing in the late 1980’s.
Nyora railway station has been used on two occasions for television filming purposes. The first took place during September 1987 where Steamrail Victoria’s K153 was captured hauling a Mixed Goods and Passenger special working and Nyora was temporarily renamed Sunny Creek for the occasion on Monday the 28th of September, 1987. The second took place during the early 2000’s where Nyora was named, 'Emu Springs' and appeared in the ABC TV series 'Something In The Air'.
Just like the majority of railway stations on the South Gippsland railway line from Dandenong to Leongatha, Nyora has been closed to passenger rail services twice. The first being on Saturday the 6th of June, 1981 when the Victorian Railways Mixed Goods and Passenger service to Yarram ceased, while the second was on the Saturday the 24th of July, 1993 which was the final running of the V/Line passenger rail service to Leongatha. However, in some ways the railway station has been reopened numerous times as passenger rail services were reinstated to Leongatha on Sunday the 9th of December, 1984 and the South Gippsland Tourist Railway had been running from Korumburra to Nyora until 2012 even though the section has been closed several times after taking over operations from V/Line on Thursday the 15th of December, 1994.
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