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> features of ararat <

the small city ararat is located in the south-western area of victoria, about 200 km west of melbourne - see map below. its population is about 8000.

Ararat map

going by train is easy, as v-line offers several comfortable trains every day, travel time is about 2 hours and 30 min's. this i did.

Ararat train

when arriving in ararat, one sees streets full of shops, and some churches as well. the mountain in the background is named mount ararat, and this steered to name the ararat village the same.

it was formally founded in 1857 by a group of about 600 chinese miners who had aimed for clunes when they found gold in the ararat region.

ararat is the only city in australia founded by chinese people.

Ararat city and mountains

ararat has quite a few pretentious buildings. its town hall, with a central tower and a big clock, is the 'number one'.

Ararat townhall

Ararat shire hall

success in gold digging was a brief period, 1854 to 1863. at that time there were no cars - wagons pulled by horses were the only transport means, as this old photograph shows.

Ararat historic town picture

after the end of the 'gold time' all the machinery was just left out there, as kind of technology ruins.

Ararat ruins of former gold digging

this painting from 1888 shows a typical gold-mining area, with many tents and only few wooden houses.

Painting of gold digging

in its prime time, the population of ararat was about 20000. typical buildings of that time were banks and a mechanical institute - yet nowadays just residences.

Old mechanics institute Old bank

the chinese people in ararat created a large center, named "gum san center", which is focussed on the history of the chinese settlers in the area.

Ararat Gum San Center

private homes in ararat vary widely - from very simple to almost pompous residences.

Private residence Private residence

here is my accommodation, modest, traditional, nice bar, and open fires - - no espresso coffee though

Ararat courthouse hotel Fire place

ararat has a very impressive museum, presenting about everything of 170 years history, even old dusty dresses.......

Ararat museum Ararat museum Ararat museum

Ararat museum - picture of old train

and this includes lots of historic photographs. the train shown above was supposedly the first one delivering goods to ararat. ararat's railway station was opened in 1875.

being triggered by the above photo, a set of pictures about ararat's railway life has been added to this report, presented below.

and by the way, since 1995 there is a - very little - railway museum beside ararat's railway station.


> the ararat railway station <

opened in 1875, for both passengers and freight.
this picture shows it in 1880.

Ararat railway station 1880


Ararat railway station 1905


Ararat railway station 1981

> trains arriving in ararat <


Ararat train arriving 1921


Ararat train arriving 1928


Ararat train arriving 1947


Ararat train arriving 1971


Ararat train arriving 1978


Ararat train arriving 1984

and here is current main train of v-line for most city connections in victoria, it is driven by strong diesel engines.
indeed, this is the one which brought me to ararat!

Ararat v-line train 2019

Endline design with camera