Balaclava railway station, Melbourne

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Balaclava
BalaclavaStation.jpg
Station statistics
Address Carlisle Street, Balaclava
Coordinates 37°52′10″S 144°59′36″E / 37.8695°S 144.9934°E / -37.8695; 144.9934Coordinates: 37°52′10″S 144°59′36″E / 37.8695°S 144.9934°E / -37.8695; 144.9934
Line(s) Sandringham
Connections Tram
Distance 9.09 kilometres from Southern Cross
Structure type Elevated
Platforms 2 side
Tracks 2
Other information
Opened 19 December 1859
Electrified Yes
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Station code BCV
Owned by VicTrack
Operator Metro
Myki zone 1
Station status Premium station
Melway map Melway
Website Public Transport Victoria
Services
Preceding station   Metro Trains   Following station
Sandringham line
toward Sandringham
Location
Google map

Balaclava railway station is located on the Sandringham line in Victoria, Australia. It serves the south-eastern Melbourne suburb of Balaclava opening on 19 December 1859.[1]

It is an elevated station located above the Carlisle Street rail overpass. Platform 1 has a large pebblemix building, Platform 2 a smaller pebblemix building. In 1981 the station buildings were reconstructed.[2]

In 1996 two men found $200,000 in a drum buried beneath one of the platforms.[3] They handed it into the police and the find was reported in the media. In the same week another man found a second drum under the platform containing a similar quantity of money, which he also turned into the police. As no one claimed the money, both men were granted ownership of the money they found, despite being considered trespassers on land owned by the Public Transport Corporation.[4]

Upgrade[edit]

In June 2012 a $13.3 million upgrade involving widening the platforms, upgrades to stair and ramp access, signage, booking office facilities, waiting rooms, provision of new station canopies to improve weather protection, wheelchair shelters and toilets was announced.[5] CCTV cameras were added as well as provision for future lifts. The upgrade was completed in October 2014 with the station becoming a Premium station.[6][7][8][9]

Platforms & services[edit]

Balaclava has two side platforms. It is serviced by Metro Trains Sandringham line services travelling between Flinders Street and Sandringham.[10]

Platform 1:

Platform 2:

Transport links[edit]

Yarra Trams operate two routes via Balaclava station:


References[edit]

  1. ^ Balclava Vicsig
  2. ^ Vincent Adams Winter (1990). VR and VicRail: 1962 - 1983. p. 107. ISBN 0-9592069-3-0. 
  3. ^ "ABC Radio National - The Law Report Transcript". www.abc.net.au. 6 February 1996. Retrieved 2008-08-03. 
  4. ^ "ABC Radio National - The Law Report Transcript". www.abc.net.au. 13 July 1996. Archived from the original on 26 July 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-03. 
  5. ^ A new look for Balaclava station St Kilda News 4 June 2012
  6. ^ Balaclava Station Upgrade Project Public Transport Victoria
  7. ^ Balaclava Station Upgrade Public Transport Victoria
  8. ^ Premium experience coming soon to Balaclava station Premier of Victoria 24 September 2014
  9. ^ "Premium experience comes to refurbished Balaclava Station" Railway Digest November 2014 page 25
  10. ^ Sandringham Line timetable Public Transport Victoria
  11. ^ Route 3/3A Melbourne University - East Malvern timetable Public Transport Victoria
  12. ^ Route 16 Melbourne University - Kew timetable Public Transport Victoria

External links[edit]

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