Broadmeadows railway station, Melbourne
- There is also Broadmeadows railway station, Adelaide and Broadmeadow railway station, New South Wales.
Looking north along platform 2
|Platforms||3 (2 BG, 1 SG)|
|Tracks||3 (2 BG, 1 SG)|
|Station status||Premium Station|
|Website||Link, includes timetables|
Broadmeadows is a railway station in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, located in the suburb of Broadmeadows, on the Craigieburn railway line. Broadmeadows is classed as a Premium Station and is in Myki Zone 2.
The station consists of two side platforms; Platform 1 has a large glass shelter, while platform 2 has a large bluestone building, with an enclosed waiting area, ticket facilities and toilets with an office tower built above it. A large Metcard ticket vending machine is located inside the platform 1 waiting area, which is able to dispense most ticketing options and also accept notes and coins. A coin-only Metcard vending machine is located inside the platform 2 waiting area. Additional myki ticket vending machines are located at the entrance to platform 1, and inside the waiting area on platform 2. Stabling facilities are located at the Craigieburn end of the station.
The Melbourne - Sydney standard gauge line is adjacent to the station on the eastern side, and at the city end the Albion-Jacana freight line branches westward from the main line, providing an alternate route to Melbourne from the suburban lines via Essendon.
Also the station features a 250 space car park for rail commuters.
Broadmeadows station originally opened on 1 February 1873, the railway having 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.
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. 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 Broadmeadows and the city were inaugurated 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. Stabling sidings for electric trains were provided in 1927, and were expanded in 1963 and 1964. The up platform was reconstructed in 1960.
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, although the waiting room and ticket facilities were originally built as part of the commercial development. Suburban electric services were extended to Craigieburn in 2007, with the siding closest to the standard gauge line being removed.
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. 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.
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, 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 will see the V/Line Albury-Wodonga service operating on standard gauge.
An Army siding was provided during the Second World War to Broadstore, located to the north-east of the station, 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 km 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, 1960, 1970, and 1980), terminating in a station marked "Broadstore".
Platforms, services and connecting bus services
- Craigieburn line - all stations and limited express services to Flinders Street.
- Seymour/Shepparton line - interurban services to Southern Cross.
- Craigieburn line - all stations services to Craigieburn.
- Seymour and Shepparton lines - interurban services to Seymour and Shepparton.
- Albury/Wodonga line - intercity services to Albury
- NSW TrainLink Southern - regional XPT services to Sydney Central
- Albury/Wodonga line - intercity services to Southern Cross
- NSW TrainLink Southern - regional XPT services to Southern Cross
- Turton, Keith W. (1973). Six And A Half Inches From Destiny. Australian Railway Historical Society (Victorian Division). p. 87. ISBN 0-85849-012-9.
- "VICSIG - Infrastructure - Broadmeadows". www.vicsig.net. Retrieved 24 December 2008.
- S.E. Dornan and R.G. Henderson (1979). Electric Railways of Victoria. Australian Electric Traction Society. pp. 54–56. ISBN 0-909459-06-1.
- "Upgrading Eltham to a Premium Station". Newsrail (Australian Railway Heritage Society (Victorian Division)): 310. October 1997.
- "Victorian Station Histories: Broadmeadows station". www.vrhistory.com. Retrieved 24 December 2008.
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- "VICSIG - Infrastructure - Interlocking - Broadmeadows". www.vicsig.net. Retrieved 24 December 2008.
- "South Improvement Alliance (SIA) - Works in Your Community". www.southimprovementalliance.com.au. Archived from the original on 24 July 2008. Retrieved 24 December 2008.
- "Broadstore Line 1991". Mike Forsberg. Retrieved 6 October 2009.
- "Railway Map of Victoria, 1950". www.vrhistory.com/. Retrieved 6 October 2009.
- "Railway Map of Victoria, 1960". www.vrhistory.com/. Retrieved 6 October 2009.
- "Railway Map of Victoria, 1970". www.vrhistory.com/. Retrieved 6 October 2009.
- "Railway Map of Victoria, 1980". www.vrhistory.com/. Retrieved 6 October 2009.