Prior to the railway coming to Young this site was occupied by the town’s first public school which opened here in 1864 (rebuilt 1873).
By the 1860s Young, like many other towns in the area, was booming from a gold rush and to open the town to the outside world demands to “Bring the Iron Horse to Town” began. The Iron Horse (railway) arrived in 1885. The school was demolished and the current building was officially opened as Young’s Railway Station on 27 March 1885. Next to the station houses were built for the stationmaster, porter and level-crossing gatekeeper. In addition to servicing gold miners the line also supported the agricultural sector – especially via the transport of wool.
Passenger services to Young unfortunately ceased in the 1980s (I can’t determine the exact date) at which point the station was closed. Freight services continued until the railway line itself was finally closed on the 30 August 2009 when the last train, a Lachlan Valley Railway’s 4701/4716, left Young.
The former Gothic inspired railway station, a listed building, was fully restored and reopened as the Visitor Information Centre in December 2008 so, if you like, the “station’’ continues to welcome visitors to Young.
As I wandered through the station I couldn’t help thinking about what a fantastic house it would have made for me! Outside, the steeply pitched corrugated iron roofs, simple decorative timberwork, including finials, gables and stucco work painted in contrasting colour to the darker brickwork makes this a most appealing building. The verandahs on the platform side and on the front of the building are beautiful.
Inside the station today, in addition to the local tourist information and souvenirs available, there is the small Burrangong Art Gallery (items for sale but no bargains here) and the Hilltops Region Cellar Door (some nice wines and better value here!).
Well worth a stop for both a look at the building itself and to pick up some information about the town.
9am – 5pm Monday to Friday, 9:30am – 4pm Saturday and Sunday. 9:30am – 4pm
Address: Lovell Street