Violet Town railway station

Violet Town railway station is located on the North East line in Victoria, Australia. It serves the town of Violet Town opening on 20 March 1873 as the temporary terminus of the line from Longwood, before it was extended to Benalla on 18 August 1873.[1]

Violet Town
Violet Town railway station building in March 2015
LocationPrimrose Street, Violet Town
Coordinates36°38′16″S 145°43′08″E
Owned byVicTrack
Operated byV/Line
Line(s)North East
Distance169.33 kilometres from Southern Cross
Platforms2 (1 island)
Structure typeGround
Other information
Station codeVTN
Fare zoneMyki zone 13
WebsitePublic Transport Victoria
Opened20 March 1873
Preceding station   V/Line   Following station
Albury line
towards Albury


The station opened with the line in 1873, and was in important railhead before the opening of the Goulburn Valley line to the west. A temporary building was initially provided, replaced in 1876 by a weatherboard structure. The goods shed provided with the opening of the line was still in use in the 1970s.[2]

In 1909, the goods yard was extended and a new signal box provided, with the main line slewed to run through the platform, instead of number 2 road as previously. In 1938 the yard was again altered, and the station building was moved to its current position at the northern end of the platform.[2]

In 1969 the Violet Town rail accident occurred one kilometre south of the station when the southbound Southern Aurora passenger train collided head on with a northbound freight train.[3]

As part of the North East Rail Revitalisation Project, a second platform was constructed on the 1960s built standard gauge line, in conjunction with the standard gauge conversion of the existing broad gauge track. Work began in December 2008, and was completed in late 2009.[4][5][6]

Former station Balmattum was located between Violet Town and Euroa, while Baddaginnie was located between Violet Town and Benalla.

Platforms & services

Violet Town has one island platform with two faces. It is serviced by V/Line Albury line services.[7]

Platform 1:

Platform 2:


  1. Violet Town Vicsig
  2. Turton, Keith W (1973). Six And A Half Inches From Destiny. Australian Railway Historical Society. p. 98. ISBN 0-85849-012-9.
  3. Violet Town, Vic: Rail Collision Australian Emergency Management
  4. Program of Works South Improvement Alliance
  5. $500 million rail link upgrade for Victoria's north-east The Age 30 May 2008
  6. North East rail project will bring local and national benefits Archived 2009-09-29 at the Wayback Machine Australian Rail Track Corporation 13 March 2009
  7. Albury - Melbourne Public Transport Victoria
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