The Mont Albert District - a Pictorial History 1830 to 2013

1890 - Mont Albert Railway Station

Indigenous Heritage
Geology and Topography
Vegetation and Fauna
Climate and Hydrology
1840s to 1870s
1850s - Parish of Nunawading
1852 - Whitehorse Inn
1861 - Postal Services
1880s - Electricity Supply
1880s to 1920s
1882 - Phantom Railways to Doncaster
1883 - Residential Heritage Precinct
1884 - Broughton Park subdivsion
1884 - Brickworks
1885 - Surrey Hills district - map
1888 - Football Clubs
1889 - Gas Supply and Gasworks
1889 - Doncaster Electric Tramway and Tower
1890 - Mont Albert Railway Station
1892 - Surrey Hills Golf Club
1892 - Water Supply, Reservoirs and Sewerage
1899 - Telephone Services
1905 - The Surrey Dive
1907 - Scouts and Guides
1912 - Mont Albert Village Shopping Precinct
1914 - Mont Albert Progress Association
1916 - Californian Bungalows
1917 - Schools
1917 - Wattle Park
1924 - Early Shortwave Broadcasting from the Surrey Hills district
1924 - Black's Estate
1925 - Bus Services
1929 - Tramways
1930 - Cricket Clubs in Mont Albert
1930s - Balwyn - Beckett Park Bonfires and Wildlife Sanctuary
1948 - Grange Tennis Courts
1957 - Pioneer Park
1961 - Surrey Hills Communications Tower
1981 - Box Hill Miniature Railway
Koonung Creek Parklands
Heritage Notes
Mont Albert Road - Early History
Mont Albert Rd - the East End
Elgar Rd - north and south of Mont Albert Rd
Mont Albert Rd - View St to Elgar Rd
Bushland Reserves
Service Associations
Sporting Clubs
Box Hill Institute of TAFE
Walking Trails
The Author's Websites
References and Acknowledgements

A short Video of the Mont Albert Rd crosssing, shot in March 2013

2013 - the Station

The embedded Video (above) was made in 2009 and was shot from the driver's cabin of an express train travelling between Box Hill and Camberwell. See Mont Albert station, and the Mont Albert Rd level crossing!

"K"Class Steam Trains return to Mont Albert! "Steamrail" runs between Camberwell and Box Hill during the year, and stops at Mont Albert! A 2012 Video.

1919 - Mont Albert station

1919 - Mont Albert station


Map of Mont Albert station location


Mont Albert Railway Station is an integral part of the Mont Albert Village.

Although the railway line was extended through the area in 1882, from Camberwell to Lilydale, it wasn't until 1890 that the first station was built at Mont Albert, midway between Surrey Hils and Box Hill after a syndicate of local landowners raised the funds for its construction.

Steam trains ran from from Flinders St, until electrification in 1919.

On frosty mornings, trains often slipped backwards on the relatively steep incline up the hill from Surrey Hills station.

There was no guarantee that the trains would stop, as the Railways Commisioners had imposed a fee of five shilings on the Syndicate for every train, which they refused to pay.It was some time before the situation was resolved.,

It is not commonly known, but the original site for the Mont Albert station was to be at Elgar Rd, about 1 km further to the east, and the station was to be known as "Elgar Station". This original planned station is shown on a map of the Warrington Estate subdvision of 1888.

A gatekeeper was required at the Mont Albert Rd level crossing, but was no longer needed when boom barriers were installed in 1962,

By 1902, passenger traffic to Surrey Hills and Mont Albert stations had increased significantly, and pressure was being extended on the Railways Commissioner to build an overhead footbridge or underpass at Mont Albert.

An underpass was ultimatel;y built.

The entrance building on the south side of the station was constructed in 1910-1911, and remains the oldest surviving railway building in the City of Whitehorse.

Track amplification works resulted in the Box Hill bound platform being rebuilt and converted to an island platform in the 1960s. Services on the third track from East Camberwell extended though the station to Box Hill in 1971.

The station was one of four used for the first trials of the myki ticketing system on the rail network, carried out in August 2008 by Kamco staff. The other stations were East Camberwell, Canterbury and Chatham stations.


1882 Line opened between Camberwell and Ringwood

1888 Line duplicated between Camberwell and Box Hill

1890 Station opened, under  the name "Mount Albert", later changed to Mont Albert

1922  Line electfrified between Flibders St and Box Hill

1971 Third track added between East Camberwell and Box Hill


1971 - building the new subway

1907 - land sales next to the station

1888 - map showing proposed first site for the station, Elgar Rd

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