Albury railway station

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Albury
Railway Station
AlburyRailwayStation2.JPG
Station front in May 2010
Location Railway Place, Albury
Australia
Coordinates 36°05′03″S 146°55′28″E / 36.084257°S 146.924559°E / -36.084257; 146.924559Coordinates: 36°05′03″S 146°55′28″E / 36.084257°S 146.924559°E / -36.084257; 146.924559
Elevation 534 feet (163 m)
Owned by RailCorp
Operated by NSW TrainLink
V/Line
Line(s) New South Wales Main South
Victorian North East
Distance 642.40 kilometres from Central
304.90 kilometres from Southern Cross
Platforms 2 (1 side, 1 dock)
Tracks 4
Construction
Structure type Ground
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Status Staffed
Station code NSW: ABX
Vic: ALY
Fare zone Myki zone 28
Website Public Transport Victoria
History
Opened 26 February 1882
Services
Passenger services
Preceding station   NSW TrainLink   Following station
towards Melbourne
NSW TrainLink Southern
Melbourne XPT
towards Sydney
Preceding station   NSW Main lines   Following station
Terminus Main Southern Line
towards Sydney
Preceding station   V/Line   Following station
Albury-Wodonga line Terminus

Albury railway station is located on the New South Wales/Victorian border city of Albury. Designed and constructed under the supervision of John Whitton, it opened on 26 February 1882, replacing a temporary structure opened on 3 February 1881 when the Main South line was extended from Gerogery.[1][2][3] The premiers of both New South Wales and Victoria attended the official opening of the 1881 station, marking the first time in Australian history that two colonial premiers had appeared together publicly.[4]

At that time the Victorian line was complete as far as Wodonga, and so a rail trip between Sydney and Melbourne required the use of a short stagecoach connection to cross the Murray River. The Victorian Railways' broad gauge line from Melbourne opened on 14 June 1883.[5][6]

The New South Wales Government Railways were built to the standard gauge, which meant travellers in both directions had to change trains at Albury. This resulted in a 455 metres (1,493 ft) long platform being built to accommodate that move, then the longest in Australia.[7]

In April 1962, a new standard gauge line to Melbourne's Spencer Street station opened and thus the Intercapital Daylight, Southern Aurora and Spirit of Progress began to operate without the need to change trains. However the Riverina Express continued to terminate at Albury until November 1993 with passengers transferring to V/Line services to continue into Victoria.

Albury had extensive transshipment facilities with all freight also required to be transferred. Later a bogie change facility was opened. It also featured locomotive and carriage depots.[3] Much of the yard was demolished to make way for the Hume Highway bypass in 2005.

Platforms & services[edit]

Albury is served by NSW TrainLink XPT services from Sydney Central to Melbourne Southern Cross services[8] and terminating V/Line services to and from Melbourne Southern Cross.[9]

Platform 1

Platform 2

Transport links[edit]

Greyhound Australia operate three service from Canberra to Melbourne via Albury station.[10][11]

NSW TrainLink operate road coach services from Albury station to Echuca.[8]

V/Line operate road coach services from Albury station to Adelaide, Canberra, Shepparton and Seymour.[9][12][13][14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Opening of the Railway to Albury Sydney Morning Herald 4 February 1881 page 3
  2. ^ Albury Station NSWrail.net
  3. ^ a b Albury Railway Precinct NSW Environment & Heritage
  4. ^ Terry G. Birtles School of Physical, Environmental and Mathematical; Sciences Australian Defence Force Academy, Canberra. Contested places for Australia’s capital city. Retrieved 25 July 2014
  5. ^ New South Wales and Victoria Railways – The Albury-Wodonga Junction Sydney Morning Herald 15 June 1883 page 5
  6. ^ Albury Vicsig
  7. ^ The platform that stretches all the way back to the birth of a nation Destination Albury Wodonga
  8. ^ a b Southern timetable NSW TrainLink 30 June 2014
  9. ^ a b Albury - Melbourne Public Transport Victoria
  10. ^ Canberra-Melbourne timetable Greyhound Australia 5 April 2015
  11. ^ Melbourne-Canberra timetable Greyhound Australia 5 April 2015
  12. ^ Sydney - Adelaide Public Transport Victoria
  13. ^ Shepparton - Sydney Public Transport Victoria
  14. ^ Canberra - Melbourne Public Transport Victoria

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