Ballarat Line

Ballarat station, 18 December 2017.

Year Opened:

Sunshine–Melton 1884; Melton–Parwan (near Bacchus Marsh) 1886; Parwan (near Bacchus Marsh)–Bacchus Marsh 1887; Bacchus Marsh–Ballan 1889; Ballan–Gordon 1886; Gordon–Warrenheip 1879; Warrenheip–Ballarat 1862

 

Stations:

Ardeer, Deer Park, Caroline Springs, Rockbank, Cobblebank, Melton, Bacchus Marsh, Ballan, Ballarat, Wendouree

 

Typical Journey Time:

44 minutes (Southern Cross–Bacchus Marsh); 83 minutes (Southern Cross–Ballarat); 95 minutes (Southern Cross–Wendouree)

 

Typical Peak Frequency:

15 minutes (Bacchus Marsh); 30 minutes (Ballarat, Wendouree)

 

Typical Off-peak Frequency:

30 minutes (Bacchus Marsh); 60 minutes (Ballarat, Wendouree)

 

Typical Weekend Frequency:

60 minutes (Ballarat, Wendouree)

Ballarat is located west of Melbourne. The Ballarat line shares the Sunbury suburban line. It is double track as far as Deer Park, and then single track. The line between Melbourne and Ballarat was formerly part of the broad gauge interstate line linking Melbourne and Adelaide. Services between Melbourne and Adelaide now operate over a standard gauge line via North Shore (near Geelong), Waroona and Ararat. In 2005 a deviation was opened from Bungaree Loop East to Bungaree Loop West (between Ballan and Ballarat) that is 4.8 km shorter than the original line. The deviation is known as the South line, while the original line, which is still in use, became known as the North line. Most services on the Ballarat line are operated by VLocity DMU railcars. On weekdays services typically alternate between trains terminating at Bacchus Marsh and trains terminating at Wendouree. On weekends most services terminate at Wendouree, with some terminating at Ballarat.