Mernda railway station

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Mernda
Station statistics
Line(s) Whittlesea
Platforms 1
Tracks 1
Other information
Opened 1889
Closed 1959
Station status Closed

Mernda was a Steam-era railway station on the Whittlesea line in Mernda, Victoria, Australia.

History[edit]

The station opened in December 1889 as South Yan Yean, being renamed Mernda in December 1913.[1]

Mernda station operated until the closure of the line beyond Lalor Station in 1959, following the electrification of the line as far as Lalor. Epping station was re-opened in the 1960s with the electrification of that section of the line. The remaining section of track from Epping to Whittlesea was dismantled in the 1970s, although the former right-of-way remained intact. All that can be seen of Mernda station now is the degraded platform, which is overgrown with exotic vegetation, including a Peppercorn tree. The station-master's house was moved to the Mernda Recreation Reserve and still serves as clubrooms for the Mernda Football and Cricket Clubs.

Restoration of the railway to Mernda was identified as a goal in the Strategic Transportation Study undertaken by the City of Whittlesea in 2002.

The Victorian Labor Party has proposed the extension the line to Mernda by 2027. The City of Whittlesea has forecast that the population in Mernda and Doreen will be 40,000 by that time. The South Morang and Mernda Rail Alliance, which was successful in lobbying the state government to fulfil its promise of reinstating the rail line to South Morang, is now actively lobbying the government to commit to reinstating the line to Mernda.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jack McLean (November 1995). "Reservoir - Whittlesea: Signalling and Safeworking". Newsrail (Australian Railway Historical Society (Victorian Division)): pages 333–337. 
  2. ^ "South Morang and Mernda Rail Alliance". South Morang and Mernda Rail Alliance. Retrieved 2014-01-13. 
Closed station navigation
Whittlesea line
South Morang | Yan Yean Next station →

Coordinates: 37°35′58″S 145°6′5″E / 37.59944°S 145.10139°E / -37.59944; 145.10139