In the 1970s and into the 1980s trains and trams entered a period of decline. Patronage was falling and the government was not putting money into the systems. Another chicken and egg argument that is lost on me because I believe that had the system had money and resources invested in it, the patronage would not have dropped. Our country train system became a static beast, except where lines were shut down.
While I caught the train to Melbourne a few times from Moe station in the seventies, I have no memory of the station itself. The train trip I remember well. I would try to get a compartment on my own, and make sure if it was cold that it had a foot warmer. The last train I caught from Moe must have begun its journey there as the foot warmer was cold and I was very disappointed, but it heated up as the train rocked along. I have since learnt about foot warmers. They used to be heated and depended on a chemical reaction to stay warm. Clearly when I caught the train, it was post heating them up first.
The line was electric back then and later unelectrified. Can you believe that? It was once an important junction, running on to Morwell, Sale and Bairnsdale with branch lines heading to Walhalla, Thorpdale and the coal mine at Yallourn.
This photo of Moe Station is from an excellent website Stations Past. It was taken in 1989. Now really, why would anyone want to catch a train from such a disgraceful building as this. I expect I must have mentally blocked any memory of Moe Station from by brain. It illustrates very well as to why train travel had declined so much and was deliberately neglected by successive governments.
PS The station has been significantly renovated since.