Royal Park railway station, Melbourne
|Station status||Unstaffed station|
|Website||Link, includes timetables|
The station consists of two side platforms; Platform 1 has a large weatherboard building, while platform 2 has a small pebblemix shelter. There is no ticket vending machine at all on platform 1 however a Myki ticket vending machine is located at the entrance to platform 2.
Royal Park station opened on 9 September 1884 at the same time as the line to Coburg. The original plan for the route of the line through Royal Park was to be east of the Zoological Gardens, but after local protests against the destruction of the park, a decision was made to build the line to the west for "reasons of economy". On opening only temporary station buildings were provided, along with a signal box and gatekeepers cottage.
On 8 May 1888 Royal Park became a junction station with the opening of the Inner Circle line to both Clifton Hill and Northcote. At the same time a timber station building and station masters residence were erected. Between 1889 and 1912 there was a goods siding near the station, named Royal Park Cutting Siding.
The current station building on the up platform was opened in 1920, with a tile roof in the "Gisborne style", and in 1936 a new waiting shed and ticket office replaced earlier structures on platform 2. Boom barriers replaced interlocked gates at Poplar Road in 1971 when automatic signaling reached the station from Jewell, with automatic signaling extended to Macaulay in 1972. The Inner Circle line (by then a goods-only stub to Fitzroy) was closed in 1981, and the waiting shed on the down platform was destroyed by arson in 1989. The signal box on platform 1 closed in 1994.
|Closed station navigation|
|Inner Circle line|
|Junction|||||North Carlton||Next station →|
- Upfield line - all stations services to Flinders Street.