Albion–Jacana railway line

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Albion - Jacana railway line, Victoria
Albion - Jacana line map
Line details
Opened 1929
Stations None
Tracks Double track, broad and standard gauge
Used by Freight, NSW TrainLink XPT
Rail transport in Victoria

The Albion–Jacana line is a railway line in the western suburbs of Melbourne, Australia. Linking Albion station on the Sunbury line to Broadmeadows station on the Craigieburn line, it is a primarily used by freight trains with no overhead wires, passenger stations or platforms.

History[edit]

The line was opened on 1 July 1929 to allow freight trains to avoid the steeper grades and busy suburban traffic on the Broadmeadows line via Essendon.[1] Initially consisting of two broad gauge tracks, in 1962 the track on the eastern side was converted to standard gauge as part of the Melbourne to Sydney gauge standardisation project.

Melbourne Airport Rail Link[edit]

The Albion–Jacana railway line is a major section of the present preferred option for the proposed rail link to Melbourne Airport running via Sunshine station to the CBD. The extra land required to build the link was confirmed as being reserved by the State Government in 2002.[2]

In March 2013, the State Government confirmed that the Albion-Jacana corridor would be part of the proposed Melbourne Airport Rail Link.[3]

Description[edit]

Built as a double track railway, two major steel viaducts were required to cross the Maribyrnong River and Moonee Ponds Creek valleys. The Maribyrnong River Viaduct is 54.5 metres (178.8 ft) above the riverbed at its highest point and is the second tallest bridge in Victoria[4] after the West Gate Bridge.

Today the track on the eastern side is standard gauge and part of the North East standard gauge line with two crossing loops.[5] The parallel broad gauge also has two crossing loops, each located before rejoining the main lines, and has a 20 km/h speed limit due to the poor track condition.[6]

V/Line Albury and NSW TrainLink XPT passenger services operate on the standard gauge line.

Standard gauge in blue, broad gauge in red. Distances on the line are measured via Albion.

Albion–Jacana line
Sunbury line
North East SG
14.7 km Albion Loop
16.2 km McIntyre Loop & Sidings
Maribyrnong River Viaduct
22.2 km Tullamarine Loop
Moonee Ponds Creek
26.8 km Jacana Loop
Craigieburn line
16.9 km Broadmeadows
North East railway

References[edit]

  1. ^ "VR History". www.victorianrailways.net. Retrieved 2008-03-30. 
  2. ^ "Melbourne Airport Rail Link Not Viable Now" (Press release). Minister for Transport. 2002-01-18. Retrieved 2008-06-30. 
  3. ^ "Route chosen for Melbourne airport link". Perth Now. Retrieved 19 March 2013. 
  4. ^ "The Railway Top 20!". History Victoria. www.historyvictoria.org.au. Retrieved 2008-03-30. 
  5. ^ "ARTC Network in Victoria". ARTC - Access Seeker Network Configuration and Description. www.artc.com.au. Retrieved 2008-03-28. 
  6. ^ "VICSIG - Infrastructure - Line Data Albion - Broadmeadows line". vicsig.net. Retrieved 2008-03-30. 

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