South Kensington railway station
Overview of the station from platform 2, looking towards the signal box, exit, and city
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South Kensington is a railway station in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. It is located on the Werribee and Williamstown lines in the suburb of Kensington. Most Sunbury line trains bypass the station, running along a pair of tracks located to the north which do not have platforms. The station is unstaffed and has very basic waiting facilities. It is located in Myki ticketing Zone 1.
South Kensington has two side platforms, with access provided by a pedestrian underpass at the Flinders Street end; Platform 1 is provided with a number of bus stop style shelters, on a narrow platform on stilts. Platform 2 is wider with a single bus stop style shelter. A Myki card vending machine is located in the underpass, replacing the former coin-only Metcard machine.
Freight lines run to the south of the station. The closest are used by V/Line to reverse empty trains from Traralgon and Bairnsdale line services, while the ones further south are used by a variety of standard gauge freight operators. The lines to the east join Melbourne Yard while those to the west are the South Kensington-West Footscray line that leads to either South Dynon or West Footscray via the Bunbury Street tunnel.
Platforms, services, connecting bus services
- Sunbury line - all stations and limited stops services to Flinders Street
- Werribee line all stations and limited stops services to Flinders Street
- Williamstown line - all stations and limited stops services to Flinders Street
- Sunbury line - all stations and limited stops services to Sunbury
- Werribee line - all stations and limited stops services to Werribee
- Williamstown line - all stations and limited stops services to Williamtown
Buses from South Kensington Station
- 402 Footscray – East Melbourne via Royal Melbourne Hospital, University of Melbourne, Royal Women's Hospital, Carlton Gardens (every day). Operated by Sita Bus Lines.
South Kensington opened in 1891. Private sidings formerly provided around South Kensington have now all closed. These included one to a large wool store to the north east (now demolished), one to a warehouse and silos the east (open but no longer served by rail), and two sidings to the north serving the Melbourne City Council abattoirs and Kenstore, a military warehouse complex opened during World War II.
The current configuration f the station dates from 1976 when the line between South Kensington and Footscray was quadruplicated. On 17 December 2004 the last X'trapolis 100 to be handed over to Connex (now Metro Trains Melbourne) made a special trip from Flinders Street to South Kensington and back again, via the City Loop.
- "Rail Geelong - South Kensington Station". www.railgeelong.com. Retrieved 2008-04-30.