Epping railway station, Melbourne

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Epping
Epping Railway Station, Melbourne.jpg
Station entrance in May 2014
Location Cooper Street, Epping
Australia
Coordinates 37°39′10″S 145°01′43″E / 37.6529°S 145.0285°E / -37.6529; 145.0285Coordinates: 37°39′10″S 145°01′43″E / 37.6529°S 145.0285°E / -37.6529; 145.0285
Owned by VicTrack
Operated by Metro
Line(s) South Morang
Distance 22.82 kilometres from Southern Cross
Platforms 2 (1 island)
Tracks 2
Connections Bus
Construction
Structure type Below ground
Parking 54
Bicycle facilities Yes
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Status Premium station
Station code EPP
Fare zone Myki Zone 2
Website Public Transport Victoria
History
Opened 23 December 1889
Closed 28 November 1959
Rebuilt 28 November 2011
Electrified Yes
Services
Preceding station   Metro Trains   Following station
South Morang line
Terminus

Epping railway station is located on the South Morang line, in Victoria, Australia. It serves the north-eastern Melbourne suburb of Epping. It opened on 23 December 1889, as a station on the line to Whittlesea.[1]

History[edit]

Services to the station were operated as country services. From 1924, an AEC railmotor shuttle service operated from Reservoir to Whittlesea, until the line was closed north of Lalor station in November 1959.[2]

In November 1964, a new station opened a little down the line, as part of the electrification of the line from Lalor to Epping, with the station building relocated from Glen Waverley station, which was being rebuilt at the time.[1][3]

The station was rebuilt during the late 1980s, in conjunction with the construction of the adjacent train depot, with the north face of the former island platform brought into use in July 1987, along with temporary station buildings. The new platform was built on a new alignment, with 200 metres of new track needed to link to the existing line. The former platform and station building from 1964 were demolished by late July 1987, along with the former alignment of the track, and overhead wiring.[4][5] The south face of the island platform (former Platform 1) opened 9 months later, in April 1988.[6] The new Solid State Interlocking was commissioned in 1989,[7] and was the first fully computerised system in Melbourne.[5]

The suburban train depot was opened in 1990.[8] The depot was built as a replacement of the Jolimont Workshops, in central Melbourne. The depot covers 10.8 hectares, and can accommodate 31 trains, with the facility including a main workshop building, four elevated tracks, two lifting tracks, and a train wash.[9]

It was upgraded to a Premium station in 1998.[10]

In 2010, construction commenced on a new island platform north of Cooper Street, built below ground level, as part of a grade separation project. This was part of the duplication of the line from Keon Park, and its extension to South Morang. The new station opened on 28 November 2011.[11][12]

Facilities, platforms & services[edit]

Epping has one island platform with two faces. Access to the platforms is provided by stairs and a lift. The station concourse contains a customer service window, an enclosed waiting room, toilets, and a kiosk. It is serviced by Metro Trains' South Morang line services.[13]

Platform 1:

Platform 2:

Transport links[edit]

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

Transdev Melbourne operates one SmartBus route via Epping station:

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Epping Vicsig
  2. ^ Jack McLean (November 1995). "Reservoir-Whittlesea: Signalling and Safeworking". Newsrail. Australian Railway Historical Society. pp. 333–337. 
  3. ^ SE Dornan & RG Henderson (1979). Electric Railways of Victoria. Australian Electric Traction Society. pp. 67, 83. ISBN 0-909459-06-1. 
  4. ^ "Works". Newsrail. Australian Railway Historical Society. September 1987. p. 283. 
  5. ^ a b "Works". Newsrail. Australian Railway Historical Society. October 1987. p. 314. 
  6. ^ "Works". Newsrail. Australian Railway Historical Society. July 1988. p. 220. 
  7. ^ Epping Signal Box Vicsig
  8. ^ "Extracts of 'The Whittlesea Railway' by Robert Aquilina". The Northcote History Group. home.vicnet.net.au. Retrieved 2008-06-16. 
  9. ^ Hugo Van Den Berghe (June 1989). "New Epping electric rain depot". Newsrail. Australian Railway Historical Society. pp. 168–169. 
  10. ^ "Upgrading Eltham to a Premium Station". Newsrail. Australian Railway Historical Society. October 1997. p. 310. 
  11. ^ Rail line boost already on track Herald Sun 28 November 2011
  12. ^ South Morang Rail Alliance John Holland
  13. ^ South Morang Line timetable Public Transport Victoria
  14. ^ Route 356 Epping Station - Wollert East timetable Public Transport Victoria
  15. ^ Route 357 Wollert West - Thomastown Station timetable Public Transport Victoria
  16. ^ Route 358 Epping Station - Wollert timetable Public Transport Victoria
  17. ^ Route 556 Epping - Northland timetable Public Transport Victoria
  18. ^ Route 569 Pacific Epping - South Morang Station timetable Public Transport Victoria
  19. ^ Route 577 Epping Plaza - South Morang Station timetable Public Transport Victoria
  20. ^ Route 901 Frankston - Melbourne Airport timetable Public Transport Victoria

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