Altona railway station
|Location||Railway Street South, Altona|
|Distance||17.15 kilometres from Southern Cross|
|Fare zone||Myki zone 1/2 overlap|
|Website||Public Transport Victoria|
|Opened||1 December 1917|
Altona railway station is located on the Werribee line in Victoria, Australia. It serves the western Melbourne suburb of Altona, opening on 1 December 1917, as the terminus of the line from Newport.
The railway to Altona opened on 9 November 1888, but to a station named Altona Beach, which was about a kilometre to the east of the current station. The line was privately owned from its inception, but the Victorian Railways (VR) took over train operations in 1917, opening a new Altona Beach station, on the present site, on 1 December 1917. For a period of time, de-motored McKeen railmotors were used as carriages on passenger services.
By 1924, the private company, which owned the Altona line, owed the VR £7,289, through guarantees against losses on operating the services, so the VR took full control of the line on 1 October 1924. The station was renamed Altona in 1938. There was a loop siding beside the platform for a number of years, and the line once extended west, to serve a brown coal mine a little to the north of where Westona station now stands.
By the early 1980s, the station, and the line itself, was under threat of closure, as recommended in the Lonie Report. However, the line was extended to Westona on 21 January 1985, and to Laverton, on 14 April 1985.
Platforms and services
- Werribee line: all stations services to Flinders Street & Werribee, off peak shuttle services between Newport & Laverton
CDC Melbourne operates three routes via Altona station:
- 411: Laverton station – Footscray station
- 412: Laverton station – Footscray station
- 415: Laverton station – Williamstown
Dyson's Bus Services operates one route via Altona station:
- 944: Melbourne CBD (Flinders Street) – Point Cook Town Centre (Saturday and Sunday mornings only)
- Altona Vicsig
- Altona Station Rail Geelong
- Harrigan, Leo J (1962). Victorian Railways to ‘62. Melbourne: Victorian Railways Public Relations and Betterment Board.
- "Traffic". Newsrail. Australian Railway Historical Society. September 1981. p. 212.
- "Victoria" Railway Digest March 1985 page 97
- "Victoria" Railway Digest May 1985 page 151
- Werribee Line timetable Public Transport Victoria
- Route 411 Laverton - Footscray timetable Public Transport Victoria
- Route 412 Laverton - Footscray timetable Public Transport Victoria
- Route 415 Laverton - Williamstown timetable Public Transport Victoria
- Route 944 City - Point Cook timetable Public Transport Victoria
- Route 903 Altona - Mordialloc timetable Public Transport Victoria