Ben Bullen Railway Station

Steve Randall

MInto, Australia

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Ben Bullen – Lithgow – NSW – Australia

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Ben Bullen is a good example of a roadside station building and may be the smallest extant example of a roadside passenger station in NSW. The building displays elements typical of many other similar railway buildings including a timber platform awning with brackets.

History

The official opening of the Mudgee line in September 1884 was the culmination of over twenty years effort on the part of the Mudgee community to secure a rail line to Mudgee and surrounding districts. Agitation for a railway service to the Mudgee district was led by a committee of local residents which was formed in 1870 and later became the Mudgee Railway League (Sheedy, 1988).

A line from Bathurst to Mudgee and Walgett was proposed in 1873 but never constructed, with a later survey (in 1876) confirming the eventual route via Wallerawang and Capertee. By 1879 the NSW Government confirmed that the line to Mudgee would be built and on 15 May 1882 the line opened as far as Capertee. In the same year a contract was awarded for construction of the remaining section of the line from Capertee to Mudgee. The single track line from Rylstone to Mudgee opened on 10 September 1884 (Sheedy, 1988; Cottee, 2004).

Ben Bullen railway station opened on 15 May 1882, approximately two years after extension of a new line had commenced between Wallerawang and Capertee Camp. After Ben Bullen, the line extended to Capertee (1882), Rylstone (1884), Mudgee (1884), Gulgong (1909), Dunedoo (1910), Merrygoen (1917), Binnaway (1917) and finally Gwabegar in 1923 (SRA, 1993).

Passenger services to Ben Bullen closed on 1 June 1974. Limited freight services still use the line as far as Kandos but the station building and platform are no longer used and remain vacant.

Nikon D800
Tamron 24-70mm
Focal Length 46mm
f11, 1/1000, ISO 400

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