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Morning commuters were treated to a breakfast barbecue at Ballan Station today, as V/Line marked 130 years since the station’s opening.
Customers enjoyed bacon and eggs cooked by the local Men’s Shed as well as complimentary coffee, tea and hot chocolate from local supplier Crank Coffee.
The local four-piece jazz band Hot Potatoes provided entertainment, while the Ballan Shire Historical Society displayed information showcasing mementos from the station’s history.
Ballan Station first opened its doors and tracks on 22 December 1886 and was then located on a branch line as an extension to Ballarat and Melbourne via Geelong.
The line later linked to Bacchus Marsh Station, a development that would allow trains to travel directly from Melbourne to Ballarat, instead of via Geelong.
When this was made possible in 1889, a typical journey from Melbourne to Ballarat took around three hours.
Today, the station is staffed part time on weekdays by Services Officer Paul Young, who has worked at the station since 2009. More than 220 V/Line train services stop at the station each week, along with the Night Coach on Friday and Saturday nights.
In the last financial year, the station was used by more than 92,000 customers, who took V/Line trains to travel to work, school, travel, recreation and to visit family and friends.
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