Two other stations have since been established between Dandenong and Cranbourne - Merinda Park Station opened in conjunction with the new electrified line and Lynbrook Station opened April 2012.
Naturally at any official event there are a raft of politicians - this is Senator Gareth Evans at the podium, on the right is Robert Macellan who was then the Member of the Legislative Assembly for Pakenham. On the left is Alan Brown, Member for Gippsland West in the Legislative Assembly and Minister for Public Transport.
View of the Railway Station
Waiting for the train
A local band provided some entertainment for the occasion.
I presume this is the first train to arrive - it's nearly there!
It's getting closer! I put this photo on our Casey Cardinia Heritage Facebook page and some-one commented that 'it was good to see that good to see that they sent down a a nice shiny train for the opening. You can still see where they washed the graffiti off it!'
Interestingly, the line to Pakenham was electrified from Pakenham to Warragul in 1954 and this was extended to Traralgon in 1956, due I believe to the traffic generated by the Yallourn open cut coal mines and power stations. This was a full 40 years before Cranbourne, even though the line beyond Pakenham has now been de-electrified.