Broadmeadows railway station, Melbourne

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Broadmeadows
Suburban platforms at Broadmeadows station, Melbourne.jpg
Northbound view from Platform 2 in October 2009
Location Pascoe Vale Road, Broadmeadows
Australia
Coordinates 37°40′58″S 144°55′11″E / 37.6829°S 144.9197°E / -37.6829; 144.9197Coordinates: 37°40′58″S 144°55′11″E / 37.6829°S 144.9197°E / -37.6829; 144.9197
Owned by VicTrack
Operated by Metro
Line(s) Craigieburn
North East
Distance 16.80 kilometres from Southern Cross
Platforms 3 side
Tracks 3
Connections Bus
Construction
Structure type Ground
Parking 151
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Status Premium station
Station code BMS
Fare zone Myki zone 2
Website Public Transport Victoria
History
Opened 1 February 1873
Rebuilt 16 March 1990
Electrified Yes
Services
Craigieburn line
toward Craigieburn
Preceding station   V/Line   Following station
Seymour line
toward Seymour or Shepparton
Terminus
Albury-Wodonga line
toward Albury
Preceding station   NSW TrainLink   Following station
Terminus
NSW TrainLink Southern
Melbourne XPT
towards Sydney

Broadmeadows railway station is located on the Craigieburn line in Victoria, Australia. It serves the northern Melbourne suburb of Broadmeadows, and opened on 1 February 1873.[1]

The Melbourne - Sydney standard gauge line is located east of the station, and located south of the station, towards Flinders Street, the Albion-Jacana freight line branches westward from the main line, providing an alternate route to Melbourne from the suburban lines via Essendon.

History[edit]

The railway past the site of Broadmeadows station opened in 1872, as part of the North East line to Wodonga. At the time of opening, the village of Broadmeadows was located some distance from the station, becoming known as "Old Broadmeadows", and now Westmeadows. It was not until the post World War II housing developments, that the gap between the old town and the station were filled.[2]

The station was initially provided with a 150-foot (46 m) long platform, a goods siding and shed, and a passing loop for trains on the single track. This early station was closer to Camp Road than the station today.[2] A permanent station building was provided in 1878, along with a longer platform, all on the present site. In 1885, the line was duplicated, and a second platform of timber construction provided.

Electric train services between the city and Essendon were inaugurated in 1919, with electrification extended to Broadmeadows in 1921. However, Essendon remained the terminus of most suburban services, with a shuttle service operating beyond until 1925, with all day through services to Broadmeadows not provided until 1941.[3] Stabling facilities are located north of the station.

The original 1878 station building was demolished in 1988,[4] and was replaced by a new structure, which opened on 16 March 1990 by Transport Minister Jim Kennan, as part of a commercial development of the site, with the station upgraded to a Premium station on 21 March 1996.[5]

In 2007, suburban electric services were extended to Craigieburn, with the siding closest to the standard gauge line abolished and removed.

In 1920, sheds and sidings for bagged wheat were provided, to handle the overflow from the Port of Williamstown.[2] These sidings and sheds have since been abolished and removed.

The level crossing at Camp Road was initially protected by hand operated gates, with boom barriers provided in 1961, and the current overpass in 1978.[6] Barry Road also had a level crossing, but was replaced by the current overpass in the late 1950s, as part of the construction of the standard gauge line.[2] The Riggall Street overpass, about 1 kilometre north of Broadmeadows, was provided in 1974/1975.[7]

The lever frame in the signal box was provided in 1889, which was replaced in 1929, when the Albion-Jacana freight line opened. Mechanical signalling along the line to Essendon was abolished in 1965,[3] but it was not until 2000, that a Westrace solid state interlocking was provided. Control of this was moved to Craigieburn in 2007, as part of the electrification extension.

A third platform on the parallel standard gauge line was completed in late 2009, as part of the North East Rail Revitalisation Project, which saw the V/Line Albury service converted to standard gauge operation.[8][9]

An Army siding was provided during World War II to Broadstore, located to the north-east of the station,[2] opening on 12 October 1942, and remaining in place until 1982, however the track was not lifted until after 1991. The Broadstore Line was a single unelectrified track, and extended in a directly easterly direction for approximately 1.6 kilometres, towards the Upfield line, and terminated at the Maygar Barracks on Camp Road. At one time, it also had a further branch, that supplied a migrant hostel. The Broadstore branch line is marked on the maps of Victorian Railways (1950,[10] 1960,[11] 1970,[12] and 1980[13]), terminating in a station marked "Broadstore".

Platforms & services[edit]

Broadmeadows has three side platforms. Platforms 1 and 2 are serviced by broad gauge Metro Trains' Craigieburn line and V/Line Seymour and Shepparton services.[14][15][16] Platform 3 is served by standard gauge V/Line Albury and NSW Trainlink Sydney services.[17][18] A number of Metro Trains services commence and terminate at Broadmeadows in peak hour.

Platform 1:

Platform 2:

Platform 3:

Transport links[edit]

Broadmeadows Bus Service operates one route to and from Broadmeadows station:

Dyson's Bus Services operates six routes via Broadmeadows station:

Transdev Melbourne operates two SmartBus routes via Broadmeadows station:

Tullamarine Bus Lines operates three routes to and from Broadmeadows station:

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Broadmeadows Vicsig
  2. ^ a b c d e Turton, Keith W (1973). Six And A Half Inches From Destiny. The first hundred years of the Melbourne-Wodonga Railway 1873-1973. Australian Railway Historical Society. pp. 87, 125. ISBN 0-85849-012-9. 
  3. ^ a b SE Dornan & RG Henderson (1979). Electric Railways of Victoria. Australian Electric Traction Society. p. 54. ISBN 0-909459-06-1. 
  4. ^ "Operations". Newsrail (Australian Railway Historical Society). July 1988. p. 218. 
  5. ^ "Upgrading Eltham to a Premium Station". Newsrail (Australian Railway Heritage Society). October 1997. p. 310. 
  6. ^ "Victorian Station Histories: Broadmeadows station" (PDF). www.vrhistory.com. Retrieved 24 December 2008. 
  7. ^ "Way & Works". Newsrail (Australian Railway Historical Society). July 1974. p. 163. 
  8. ^ Program of Works Southern Improvement Alliance
  9. ^ "Full steam ahead" ABC News 30 May 2008
  10. ^ "Railway Map of Victoria, 1950" (PDF). www.vrhistory.com. Retrieved 6 October 2009. 
  11. ^ "Railway Map of Victoria, 1960" (PDF). www.vrhistory.com. Retrieved 6 October 2009. 
  12. ^ "Railway Map of Victoria, 1970" (PDF). www.vrhistory.com. Retrieved 6 October 2009. 
  13. ^ "Railway Map of Victoria, 1980" (PDF). www.vrhistory.com. Retrieved 6 October 2009. 
  14. ^ Craigieburn Line timetable Public Transport Victoria
  15. ^ Seymour - Melbourne timetable Public Transport Victoria
  16. ^ Shepparton - Melbourne timetable Public Transport Victoria
  17. ^ Albury - Melbourne timetable Public Transport Victoria
  18. ^ "Southern timetable" (PDF). NSW Trainlink. 20 October 2013 [Updated 30 June 2014]. 
  19. ^ Route 532 Craigieburn - Broadmeadows timetable Public Transport Victoria
  20. ^ Route 538 Somerset Estate - Broadmeadows timetable Public Transport Victoria
  21. ^ Route 540 Upfield - Broadmeadows timetable Public Transport Victoria
  22. ^ Route 541 Roxburgh Park - Broadmeadows timetable Public Transport Victoria
  23. ^ Route 542 Roxburgh Park - Pascoe Vale timetable Public Transport Victoria
  24. ^ Route 952 City - Broadmeadows timetable Public Transport Victoria
  25. ^ Route 952 City - Broadmeadows timetable Public Transport Victoria
  26. ^ Route 901 Frankston - Melbourne Airport timetable Public Transport Victoria
  27. ^ Route 902 Chelsea - Airport West timetable Public Transport Victoria
  28. ^ Route 477 Moonee Ponds- Broadmeadows timetable Public Transport Victoria
  29. ^ Route 484 Broadmeadows - Roxburgh Park timetable Public Transport Victoria
  30. ^ Route 500 Broadmeadows - Sunbury timetable Public Transport Victoria

External links[edit]

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