Broadmeadows railway station

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Broadmeadows
Suburban platforms at Broadmeadows station, Melbourne.jpg
Northbound view from Platform 2 in October 2009
Station statistics
Address Pascoe Vale Road, Broadmeadows
Coordinates 37°40′58″S 144°55′11″E / 37.6829°S 144.9197°E / -37.6829; 144.9197Coordinates: 37°40′58″S 144°55′11″E / 37.6829°S 144.9197°E / -37.6829; 144.9197
Line(s) Craigieburn
North East
Distance 16.80 kilometres from Southern Cross
Structure type Ground
Platforms 3 side
Tracks 3
Parking 151
Other information
Opened 1 February 1873
Electrified Yes
Station code BMS
Owned by VicTrack
Operator Metro
Myki zone 2
Station status Premium station
Melway map Melway
Website Public Transport Victoria
Services
Craigieburn line
toward Craigieburn
Preceding station   V/Line   Following station
Seymour line
toward Seymour or Shepparton
Terminus
Albury-Wodonga line
toward Albury
Preceding station   NSW TrainLink   Following station
Terminus
NSW TrainLink Southern
Melbourne XPT
towards Sydney
Location
Google map

Broadmeadows railway station is located on the Craigieburn line in Victoria, Australia. It serves the northern Melbourne suburb of Broadmeadows opening on 1 February 1873.[1]

The Melbourne - Sydney standard gauge line is adjacent to the station on the eastern side, and at the southern end the Albion-Jacana freight line branches westward from the main line, providing an alternate route to Melbourne from the suburban lines via Essendon.

History[edit]

Northbound view of Platform 3 in March 2012

The railway past the site of Broadmeadows station opened in 1872 as part of the North East railway to Wodonga. At the time of opening the village of Broadmeadows was located some distance from the station, becoming known as "Old Broadmeadows" and now Westmeadows. It was not until the post Second World War housing developments that the gap between the old town and the station were filled.[2]

The station was initially provided with a 150-foot (46 m) long platform, a goods siding and shed, and a passing loop for trains on the single track. This early station was closer to Camp Road than the station today.[2] A permanent station building was provided in 1878 along with a longer platform, all on the present site. In 1885 the line was duplicated, and a second platform of timber construction provided.

Electric train services between the city and Essendon were inaugurated in 1919, with electrification extended to Broadmeadows in 1921. However Essendon remained the terminus of most suburban services, with a shuttle service operating beyond until 1925, with all day through services to Broadmeadows not provided until 1941.[3] The station took the layout it has today in 1969, with the abolition of the centre track, closure of the stand alone signal box, provision of automatic signalling along the line, and replacement of the Buckley Street interlocked crossing gates with boom barriers. Stabling facilities are located at the northern end of the station.

The original 1878 station building was replaced in 1990 as part of a commercial development of the site, with the station upgraded to a Premium station on 21 March 1996.[4]

In 2007 suburban electric services were extended to Craigieburn, with the siding closest to the standard gauge line being removed.

In 1920 sheds and sidings for bagged wheat were provided to handle the overflow from the Port of Williamstown.[2]

The level crossing at Camp Road was initially protected by hand operated gates, with boom barriers provided in 1961, and the current overpass in 1978.[5] Barry Road also had a level crossing but was replaced by the current overpass in the late 1950s as part of the construction of the standard gauge line.[2]

The lever frame in the signal box was provided in 1889, which was replaced in 1929 when the Albion-Jacana freight line opened. Mechanical signalling along the line to Essendon was abolished in 1965,[3] but it was not until 2000 that a Westrace solid state interlocking was provided. Control of this was moved to Craigieburn in 2007 as part of the electrification extension.

A third platform on the parallel standard gauge line was completed in late 2009, as part of the North East Rail Revitalisation Project which saw the V/Line Albury service converted to standard gauge operation.[6][7]

An Army siding was provided during the Second World War to Broadstore, located to the north-east of the station,[2] opening on 12 October 1942, and remaining in place until 1982 however, the track was not lifted until after 1991. The Broadstore Line was a single unelectrified track, and extended in a directly easterly direction for approximately 1.6 kilometres towards the Upfield Line and terminated at the Maygar Barracks on Camp Road. At one time, it also had a further branch that supplied a migrant hostel. The Broadstore branch line is marked on the maps of Victorian Railways (1950,[8] 1960,[9] 1970,[10] and 1980[11]), terminating in a station marked "Broadstore".

Platforms & services[edit]

Broadmeadows has one three side platforms. Platforms 1 and 2 are serviced by broad gauge Metro Trains' Craigieburn line and V/Line Seymour and Shepparton services.[12][13][14] Platform 3 is served by standard gauge V/Line Albury and NSW Trainlink Sydney services.[15][16] A few Metro Trains services commence and terminate at Broadmeadows in peak hour.

Platform 1:

Platform 2:

Platform 3:

Transport links[edit]

Broadmeadows Bus Service operate five routes via Broadmeadows station:

Transdev Melbourne operate two SmartBus routes via Broadmeadows station:

Tullamarine Bus Lines operate three routes via Broadmeadows station:

References[edit]

  1. ^ Broadmeadows Vicsig
  2. ^ a b c d e Turton, Keith W (1973). Six And A Half Inches From Destiny. The first hundred years of the Melbourne-Wodonga Railway 1873-1973. Australian Railway Historical Society. pp. 87, 125. ISBN 0-85849-012-9. 
  3. ^ a b SE Dornan & RG Henderson (1979). Electric Railways of Victoria. Australian Electric Traction Society. p. 54. ISBN 0-909459-06-1. 
  4. ^ "Upgrading Eltham to a Premium Station". Newsrail (Australian Railway Heritage Society): page 310. October 1997. 
  5. ^ "Victorian Station Histories: Broadmeadows station". www.vrhistory.com. Retrieved 24 December 2008. 
  6. ^ Program of Works Southern Improvement Alliance
  7. ^ "Full steam ahead" ABC News 30 May 2008
  8. ^ "Railway Map of Victoria, 1950". www.vrhistory.com. Retrieved 6 October 2009. 
  9. ^ "Railway Map of Victoria, 1960". www.vrhistory.com. Retrieved 6 October 2009. 
  10. ^ "Railway Map of Victoria, 1970". www.vrhistory.com. Retrieved 6 October 2009. 
  11. ^ "Railway Map of Victoria, 1980". www.vrhistory.com. Retrieved 6 October 2009. 
  12. ^ Craigieburn Line timetable Public Transport Victoria
  13. ^ Seymour - Melbourne timetable Public Transport Victoria
  14. ^ Shepparton - Melbourne timetable Public Transport Victoria
  15. ^ Albury - Melbourne timetable Public Transport Victoria
  16. ^ Southern timetable NSW TrainLink 30 June 2014
  17. ^ Route 532 Craigieburn - Broadmeadows timetable Public Transport Victoria
  18. ^ Route 538 Somerset Estate - Broadmeadows timetable Public Transport Victoria
  19. ^ Route 540 Upfield - Broadmeadows timetable Public Transport Victoria
  20. ^ Route 541 Roxburgh Park - Broadmeadows timetable Public Transport Victoria
  21. ^ Route 542 Roxburgh Park - Pascoe Vale timetable Public Transport Victoria
  22. ^ Route 901 Frankston - Melbourne Airport timetable Public Transport Victoria
  23. ^ Route 902 Chelsea - Airport West timetable Public Transport Victoria
  24. ^ Route 477 Moonee Ponds- Broadmeadows timetable Public Transport Victoria
  25. ^ Route 484 Broadmeadows - Roxburgh Park timetable Public Transport Victoria
  26. ^ Route 500 Broadmeadows - Sunbury timetable Public Transport Victoria

External links[edit]

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