Albion–Jacana railway line
|Albion - Jacana|
|Type||V/Line passenger service|
|System||Freight, NSW TrainLink XPT|
|Number of tracks||Double track, broad and standard gauge|
The Albion–Jacana line is a railway line in the western suburbs of Melbourne, Australia. Linking Albion station on the Sunbury line to Broadmeadows station on the Craigieburn line, it is a primarily used by freight trains with no overhead wires, passenger stations or platforms.
The line was opened on 1 July 1929 to allow freight trains to avoid the steeper grades and busy suburban traffic on the Broadmeadows line via Essendon. Initially consisting of two broad gauge tracks, in 1962 the track on the eastern side was converted to standard gauge as part of the Melbourne to Sydney gauge standardisation project.
Melbourne Airport Rail Link
The Albion–Jacana railway line is a major section of the present preferred option for the proposed rail link to Melbourne Airport running via Sunshine station to the Melbourne City Centre. The extra land required to build the link was confirmed as being reserved by the State Government in 2002.
Built as a double track railway, two major steel viaducts were required to cross the Maribyrnong River and Moonee Ponds Creek valleys. The Maribyrnong River Viaduct is 54.5 metres (178.8 ft) above the riverbed at its highest point and is the second tallest bridge in Victoria after the West Gate Bridge.
Today the track on the eastern side is standard gauge and part of the North East standard gauge line with two crossing loops. The parallel broad gauge also has two crossing loops, each located before rejoining the main lines, and has a 20 km/h speed limit due to the poor track condition.
Standard gauge in blue, broad gauge in red. Distances on the line are measured via Albion.
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