Balaclava railway station, Melbourne

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Balaclava station .jpg
Location Carlisle Street, Balaclava
Coordinates 37°52′10″S 144°59′36″E / 37.8695°S 144.9934°E / -37.8695; 144.9934Coordinates: 37°52′10″S 144°59′36″E / 37.8695°S 144.9934°E / -37.8695; 144.9934
Owned by VicTrack
Operated by Metro
Line(s) Sandringham
Distance 9.09 kilometres from Southern Cross
Platforms 2 side
Tracks 2
Connections Tram
Structure type Elevated
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Status Premium station
Station code BCV
Fare zone Myki zone 1
Website Public Transport Victoria
Opened 19 December 1859
Electrified Yes
Passengers (2008-2009) 1.099 million[1]
Passengers (2009-2010) 1.151 million[1]Increase 4.73%
Passengers (2010-2011) 1.163 million[1]Increase 1.04%
Passengers (2011-2012) 1.046 million[1]Decrease 10.06%
Passengers (2012-2013) Not measured[1]
Passengers (2013-2014) 1.107 million[1]Decrease 5.83%
Preceding station   Metro Trains   Following station
Sandringham line
towards Sandringham

Balaclava railway station is located on the Sandringham line in Victoria, Australia. It serves the south-eastern Melbourne suburb of Balaclava opening on 19 December 1859.[2]

It is an elevated station located above the Carlisle Street rail overpass. In 1981 the station buildings were reconstructed[3] and was reconstructed again in 2013/14 as part of an upgrade to the station.

In 1996 two men found $200,000 in a drum buried beneath one of the platforms.[4] They handed it into the police and the find was reported in the media. In the same week another man found a second drum under the platform containing a similar quantity of money, which he also turned into the police. As no one claimed the money, both men were granted ownership of the money they found, despite being considered trespassers on land owned by the Public Transport Corporation.[5]


In June 2012 a $13.3 million upgrade involving widening the platforms, upgrades to stair and ramp access, signage, booking office facilities, waiting rooms, provision of new station canopies to improve weather protection, wheelchair shelters and toilets was announced.[6] CCTV cameras were added as well as provision for future lifts. The upgrade was completed in October 2014 with the station becoming a Premium station.[7][8][9][10]

Platforms & services[edit]

Balaclava has two side platforms. It is serviced by Metro Trains Sandringham line services travelling between Flinders Street and Sandringham.[11]

Platform 1:

Platform 2:

Transport links[edit]

Yarra Trams operate two routes via Balaclava station:


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Train Station Patronage FY2008-2014" (XLS). Public Transport Victoria. 14 May 2015. Archived from the original on 30 March 2016. Retrieved 1 November 2016. (access from [1])
  2. ^ Balclava Vicsig
  3. ^ Vincent Adams Winter (1990). VR and VicRail: 1962 - 1983. p. 107. ISBN 0-9592069-3-0.
  4. ^ "ABC Radio National - The Law Report Transcript". 6 February 1996. Retrieved 2008-08-03.
  5. ^ "ABC Radio National - The Law Report Transcript". 13 July 1996. Archived from the original on 26 July 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-03.
  6. ^ A new look for Balaclava station St Kilda News 4 June 2012
  7. ^ Balaclava Station Upgrade Project Public Transport Victoria
  8. ^ Balaclava Station Upgrade Public Transport Victoria
  9. ^ Premium experience coming soon to Balaclava station Premier of Victoria 24 September 2014
  10. ^ "Premium experience comes to refurbished Balaclava Station" Railway Digest November 2014 page 25
  11. ^ Sandringham Line timetable Public Transport Victoria
  12. ^ Route 3/3A Melbourne University - East Malvern timetable Public Transport Victoria
  13. ^ Route 16 Melbourne University - Kew timetable Public Transport Victoria

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