Historic Ascot Railway Station
Did you know that the Ascot Railway Station - only 400m from Ascot Green - is over 130 years old?! The rail line from Eagle Junction to Ascot Station, originally called Racecourse Station, was opened in September 1882.
The popularity of the races had flourished in the late 1880s, with some race days attended by thousands of racing enthusiasts. For example, the 1889 Queen’s Birthday meeting was attended by more than 12,000 people. With Brisbane’s entire population at this time only reaching 100,000 people, it was one of the major events on the social calendar. The extension of the line to the racecourse provided race-goers with an efficient way to get to and from the races, with trains running only on race days.
Source: Brisbane Heritage Trails - Gallivant through Ascot & Hamilton