Galvin railway station

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Galvin
Galvin-station-site-Melbourne.jpg
Station site looking towards Melbourne, showing the track slew to accommodate the island platform. The third track on the left is the interstate standard gauge line which was not constructed until ten years after Galvin closed.
Coordinates 37°51′19″S 144°48′26″E / 37.85528°S 144.80722°E / -37.85528; 144.80722Coordinates: 37°51′19″S 144°48′26″E / 37.85528°S 144.80722°E / -37.85528; 144.80722
Line(s) Werribee
Platforms 2
Tracks 2
Other information
Status Closed
History
Opened 27 August 1927
Closed 14 April 1985

Galvin railway station is a closed railway station which was located on the Werribee line of the Melbourne suburban rail system in Australia. It was located adjacent to Maidstone Street, Altona, and was situated between Paisley and Laverton stations.

Galvin was opened on 27 August 1927 and was named after Michael Galvin, the Werribee shire president at the time.[1] It was a public platform, but it played a particular role in providing passenger services for workers at industries being established in the area. When the line between Altona Junction and Laverton was duplicated in 1967,[2] Galvin was provided with an island platform. After the system of public transport fare zones was instituted in the early 1980s, Galvin became the border between Zones 1 and 2 on the Werribee Line.

In 1985, a new extension joining Westona and Laverton stations was opened. The Werribee line had been electrified two years earlier,[2] but after the construction of the Westona - Laverton link, trains on the Werribee line were diverted via Altona and Westona to try to make a more viable route, because both Galvin and the nearby Paisley station were little used. As a result, both Galvin and Paisley were bypassed and closed. The last trains stopped at the station on 14 April 1985.

After closure, the station building and platforms were demolished, but the track slew to allow for Galvin's island platform remains.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "New Railway Station Named". The Argus. 1927-08-08. Retrieved 2013-10-13. 
  2. ^ a b "Werribee line". VICSIG. Retrieved 2012-05-27. 
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