Watergardens railway station
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Watergardens (formerly known as Sydenham) is a railway station in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, located in the suburb of Sydenham, on the Sunbury railway line. Watergardens is classed as a premium station and is in Myki Zone 2. The station is an intermediate terminus for the Sunbury railway line.
Watergardens has a footbridge that houses an enclosed waiting area, ticket facilities, toilets and stairs and lift access to all platforms, while the platforms have a medium to large shelter. A myki ticket vending machine is located at the station, which is able to top up cards as well as dispense new cards, and was installed to replace the former Metcard machines.
Platforms and services
- Bendigo line — interurban services to Southern Cross
- Sunbury line — all stations and limited stops services to Flinders Street
- Sunbury line — terminating services; returning as all stations services to Flinders Street
- Bendigo line — interurban and intercity services to Bendigo and Swan Hill
- Sunbury line — all stations services to Sunbury
The original station opened on 1 March 1859 as Keilor Road. It was renamed Sydenham in 1887. Interlock gates and wickets were provided at Melton Highway in 1926, and were replaced with boom barriers in 1987.
The station was relocated in the up direction, and was renamed Watergardens in 2002, as part of the Sydenham line electrification project. V/Line services to Sunbury and Bendigo continue past Sydenham. Prior to the electrification, metropolitan electric services terminated at St Albans. The station was built as a replacement for the former Sydenham station, and was to be named Sydenham, which name was built into the brickwork of the station building. However, naming rights were sold to the adjacent shopping centre, so the station is known as Watergardens. Operationally, the railway line was referred to as either Sydenham or Watergardens or occasionally Sydenham/Watergardens.
Since the completion of the Sunbury line project, however, the name Sydenham appears to have been dropped from the station designation. Services terminating at Watergardens are now designated as "Watergardens" services, and the 3 letter station code has changed from SDM to WGS.
The former Holden Station was located between Watergardens and Diggers Rest stations.
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