The Bungaree Railway Station
by Lily Pengelly.
The Railway comes to Bungaree.
Loading potatoes. Photo taken around 1935.
The town needed a station because all the farmers and loggers needed to get their produce transported to customers. The Warrenheip to Gordon line opened in May 1879. The Bungaree station building was built in 1882.
A drawing by Sophie Wade based on Eddie Keeble's memories.
Rail transport was the only means whereby the huge production of the area could be trans-shipped. On a busy day, during the potato harvest, it was possible for one hundred tons of potatoes to be shipped from Bungaree rail station. Imagine the man power and manual handling of that quantity from the digging, bagging, loading on the farm and loading on rail tracks...I have seen an almost unbroken stack of bagged potatoes from the goods shed, opposite the passenger platform, more than halfway to the Melbourne Road. Eddie Keeble.
The Station House
The station house was built in 1882. It was like a lot of stations built around that time. It was built with timber.
Click here to read about the train wreck.