Any chance VicTrack could rent the building out as a restoration project for an entrepreneurial person to make it into an Air B'N'B? Seems to be successful strategy to help preserve other important railway stations like Hamley Bridge and Riverton (SA).Excellent idea don, the building is certainly big enough and any unruly guests can be locked in the jail cell, must have been a sight in it's heyday full of people from both directions.
Put an offer in and see what their response is..........
My wife and I dropped into Serviceton some 9 years ago having visited Bendigo (by road, alas) as she had never seen the station before.
We were fortunate enough to be given a guided tour of the station by members of the local progress society (or its ilk). At the time they had done a lot of restoration work on it with help from Vic Track. The station was available for hire for parties and events at that time too - not sure if they are still running the show but would hope that they are as they were locals looking after local heritage, and had a few good stories about the illicit provision of alcohol from the refreshment rooms when they used to operate.
My wife returned their generosity by looking over the collection of clothes that they had accumulated and were stored in the bedroom located on the top floor left hand side of the station - LHS standing trackside that is. They had some genuine 19th century garments that they were unsure of the origins of and she was able to fill in some gaps for them with her garment knowledge. The bedroom is unique as it is the only part of the station that is not on the ground floor - the station just looks like it is multi-storey across its length, with most of the second-storey just the high roofline of the booking hall.
Capping off the visit, we stood on the main platform as a freight train sped through at 100kph+. Quite an experience, with only a lightweight wire fence separating us from the carriages, then as we were getting ready to leave the Adelaide-bound Overland pulled through so we chased it to Bordertown through Wolseley and past the historic fuel dump.
An amazing building that really forms the anchor for the township, with locals looking after it. And to think it was not much more than half a lifetime ago that it was a fully working station.