List of closed railway stations in Melbourne
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A number of railway lines and stations which formed part of the greater Melbourne railway network have been closed over time, either in part or in full. The decision to close a railway station has historically been made by the department responsible for rail transport within the State Government of Victoria.
Over the history of the Melbourne railway network, a total of eleven complete railway lines, as well as 71 railway stations, have been closed. The most recent railway station to close is General Motors, which closed on 28 July 2002, due to a lack of pedestrian access; while the most recent railway line to close to traffic is the Port Melbourne railway line, which was closed on 11 October 1987, and was subsequently converted to light rail. A number of stations have also been closed and rebuilt at another location, such as West Footscray, which was rebuilt 160 metres away as part of the Regional Rail Link project.
Most closed railway lines have been converted to other uses, such as rail trails or linear parkland. In addition, a number of closed railway stations have been converted for other uses, such as retail stores.
Closed railway lines
|Broadstore branch line||12 October 1942||1982||1||Dismantled after 1991|
|Gembrook line||18 December 1900||April 1954||15||Reopened in 1962 as the Belgrave line between Upper Ferntree Gully and Belgrave. Beyond Belgrave the Puffing Billy Railway reopened in 1962 as a heritage service along the former line.|
|Healesville line||1 March 1889||9 December 1980||5||Line remains in place between Lilydale and Yarra Glen. Beyond Yarra Glen the Yarra Valley Railway is undertaking works to restore the line towards Healesville.|||
|Inner Circle line||22 May 1888||3||Reservation mostly intact and used by the Capital City Trail|||
|Kew line||19 December 1887||13 May 1957||2||Dismantled and reservation sold.|||
|Mornington line||10 December 1889||5||Disused line remains in place between Baxter and Moorooduc. The Mornington Railway Preservation Society operate tourist services between Moorooduc and a rebuilt Mornington station.|
|Mont Park line||28 August 1911||30 June 1964||1||Dismantled and reservation sold|
|Outer Circle line||3 May 1890||7||Section between East Camberwell and Alamein remains open as the Alamein Line, with the reservation remaining intact and used as a linear park and is part of the Anniversary Outer Circle Trail north of East Camberwell station.|
|Port Melbourne railway line||13 April 1854||16 October 1987||4||Was converted to light rail between Port Junction and Port Melbourne, with tram services commencing to use the line from 18 December 1987. The line is today served by tram route 109 services.||,|
|Red Hill line||2 December 1921||29 June 1953||3||Dismantled and some of reservation sold, with the remainder existing as a rail trail.|
|Rosstown Railway||14 November 1888||1916||4||Dismantled, much remains as linear park or parkland adjacent to Elsternwick station|||
|St Kilda – Windsor link line||1857||1867||0 (link between two other lines)||Dismantled and reservation sold|
|St Kilda railway line||13 May 1857||31 July 1987||4||Was converted to light rail between Port Junction and St Kilda, with tram route 96 commencing to use the line from 20 November 1987|||
|Spring Vale Cemetery line||7 February 1904||19 December 1951 or 10 December 1950||1||Dismantled and reservation sold||,|
|Warburton line||13 November 1901||1 August 1965||10||Reservation intact, used for rail-trail|
|Whittlesea line||23 December 1889||28 November 1959||4||Line remains open to South Morang with planning underway to reopen the line to Mernda. Beyond South Morang the line has been dismantled, with the right of way remaining intact.|
|Albion & Darlington||Sunbury||Between Footscray and Sydenham stations||steam-era suburban||5 January 1860||1 January 1861||Demolished, the current Albion station occupies the same site|||
|Holden||Sunbury||Between Diggers Rest and Sydenham stations||steam-era rural||Late 1860||11 November 1927||Demolished|
|White City||Sunbury||Between Tottenham and Sunshine||steam & electric-era suburban||5 January 1860||4 October 1981||Demolished|
|Cremorne||Windsor (Sandringham)||North bank of the Yarra River||steam-era suburban||12 December 1859||22 December 1860||Demolished|
|Botanical Gardens||Hawthorn (Lilydale) and Windsor (Sandringham)||Between the Melbourne Cricket Ground and Royal Botanic Gardens||steam-era suburban||2 March 1859||1863 (uncertain)||Demolished|
|Maidstone||Sunbury||Between Footscray and Albion||steam-era suburban||2 March 1861||1 April 1865||Demolished|
|Salt Water River||Williamstown||Between Maribyrnong River and South Kensington||steam-era suburban||1 October 1859||1867 (uncertain)||Demolished|
|Garden Vale||Rosstown Railway||Ridell Parade, near Kooyong Road, Gardenvale||steam-era suburban||1887||1916||Demolished|
|Hawthorn Road||Rosstown Railway||Hawthorn Road, Caulfield||steam-era suburban||1887||1916||Demolished|
|Booran Road||Rosstown Railway||Booran Road, Glen Huntly||steam-era suburban||1887||1916||Demolished|
|Sugar Beet Mill||Rosstown Railway||Koornang Road, Carnegie||steam-era suburban||1887||1916||Demolished|
|Richmond Park||Glen Waverley||Between Burnley station and Heyington stations||steam-era suburban||24 March 1890||May 1890||Demolished|
|Fitzroy||Inner Circle||In the Edinburgh Gardens||steam-era suburban||8 May 1885||1892||Demolished|
|Fulham Grange||Outer Circle||Located near the current Grange and Heidelberg Road intersection||steam-era suburban||24 March 1891||24 April 1893||Demolished|
|Willsmere||Outer Circle||Adjacent Willsmere Road and Earl Street||steam-era suburban||24 March 1891||24 April 1893||Demolished|
|East Kew||Outer Circle||to the west of Normanby Road, close to Harp Road||steam-era suburban||24 March 1891||24 April 1893||Demolished|
|Waverley Road||Outer Circle||Adjacent Sycamore Street Malvern East||steam-era suburban||24 March 1891||9 December 1895||Demolished|
|Pic Nic||Hawthorn||East of Burnley station||steam-era suburban||24 September 1860||19 July 1898||Demolished|
|Deepdene||Outer Circle, later East Kew||Near corner of Burke Road and Gordon Street Deepdene||steam-era suburban||24 March 1891||9 October 1927||Demolished|
|Shenley||Outer Circle, later East Kew||Canterbury Road, Canterbury||steam-era suburban||24 March 1891||9 October 1927||Demolished|
|Roystead||Outer Circle, later East Kew||Mont Albert Road, Canterbury||steam-era suburban||14 May 1900||9 October 1927||Demolished|
|North Carlton||Inner Circle||Lang Street||steam & electric-era suburban||8 May 1885||1948||Converted to community centre|
|North Fitzroy||Inner Circle||East of Nicholson Street, on Rae and Park Streets||steam & electric-era suburban||8 May 1885||1948 to passengers, 1981 to goods trains||Demolished, platform mound remains|
|Williamstown Racecourse||Branch from the Geelong line||South of Kororoit Creek Road level crossing Williamstown||steam & electric-era suburban, special events||6 April 1855||4 June 1951||Demolished|
|Spring Vale Cemetery||Branch from Pakenham line||North of Springvale station||steam & electric-era suburban, funeral services||7 February 1904||1952||Demolished|
|Balnarring||Red Hill||?||steam-era rural||2 December 1921||29 June 1953||Demolished|
|Merricks||Red Hill||?||steam-era rural||2 December 1921||29 June 1953||Demolished|
|Red Hill||Red Hill||?||steam-ear rural||2 December 1921||29 June 1953||Demolished|
|Campbellfield||Upfield||Camp Road, Campbellfield||steam & railcar, semi-rural||8 October 1889||5 May 1956||Demolished|
|Barker||Kew||Barkers Road, Kew||steam & electric-era suburban||19 December 1887||13 May 1957||Demolished|
|Kew||Kew||North of Hawthorn station||steam & electric-era suburban||19 December 1887||13 May 1957||Demolished (now, ironically, the site of VicRoads headquarters)|
|North Campbellfield||Upfield||Near current Upfield station||steam & railcar, semi-rural||8 October 1889||5 May 1956||Upfield station opened nearby on 17 August 1959|
|South Morang||Whittlesea||?||steam & railcar, rural||23 December 1889||28 November 1959||Demolished; rebuilt and reopened 22 April 2012|
|Mernda||Whittlesea||Platform remains visible from highway||steam & railcar, rural||23 December 1889||28 November 1959||Demolished|
|Yan Yean||Whittlesea||?||steam & railcar, rural||23 December 1889||28 November 1959||Demolished|
|Whittlesea||Whittlesea||?||steam & railcar, rural||23 December 1889||28 November 1959||Demolished|
|Somerton||Craigieburn||Adjacent to Somerton Road level crossing, Roxburgh Park||steam-era, rural||13 November 1882||Passenger service on December 1961||Still open to freight services, new Roxburgh Park station opened near original site in 2007|
|Mont Park Asylum||Branch from Hurstbridge||Waiora Road, MacLeod||steam & electric-era, freight only||28 August 1911||1964||Demolished|
|Mount Evelyn||Warburton||Wray Crescent, Mount Evelyn||steam-era rural||13 November 1901||1 August 1965||Platforms demolished, building converted to library|
|Wandin||Warburton||Railway Parade, Wandin||steam-era rural||13 November 1901||1 August 1965||Demolished, platform partially intact|
|Seville||Warburton||Station Road, Seville||steam-era rural||13 November 1901||11 August 1965||Demolished, platform intact|
|Killara||Warburton||Sunnyside Road, Seville East||steam-era rural||13 November 1901||1 August 1965||Demolished, platforms intact|
|Woori Yallock||Warburton||Syme Road, Woori Yallock||steam-era rural||13 November 1901||1 August 1965||Demolished, platform intact|
|Launching Place||Warburton||Warburton Highway, Launching Place||steam-era rural||13 November 1901||1 August 1965||Remnants of platform|
|Yarra Junction||Warburton||Warburton Highway, Yarra Junction||steam-era rural||13 November 1901||1 August 1965||Intact and used as a museum|
|Wesburn||Warburton||Cavanagh Rd, Wesburn||steam-era rural||13 November 1901||1 August 1965||Remnants of platform|
|Millgrove||Warburton||Warburton Highway, Millgrove||steam-era rural||13 November 1901||1 August 1965||Remnants of platform|
|Warburton||Warburton||Highfield Road, Warburton||steam-era rural||13 November 1901||1 August 1965||Remnants of platform (The siding site is currently an old sawmill, planned redevelopment)|
|Coldstream||Healesville||Station Street, Coldstream||steam-era rural||15 May 1888||9 December 1980||Station buildings destroyed by fire, platform intact|||
|Yering||Healesville||MacIntyre Road, Yering, just off Melba Highway||steam-era rural||15 May 1888||9 December 1980||Abandoned|||
|Narrambi||Mornington||Near Narambi Road||railcar, rural||June 1980||?||Material reused for other stations|
|Langwarrin||Stony Point||McClelland Road, Langwarrin||steam & railcar suburban||1 October 1888||22 June 1981||Demolished, platform mound remains|
|White City||Sunbury||Sunshine Road, Tottenham||steam & electric-era, special events, workers trains||11 November 1927||4 October 1981||Demolished|
|Lyndhurst||Cranbourne||Bayliss Road, Lyndhurst, just off Western Port Highway||steam & diesel-era, rural||1 October 1888||Passenger service on 4 October 1981||Still open to freight services until 2009|
|Mobiltown||Werribee||Kororoit Creek Road, Altona North||electric-era suburban||9 November 1953||21 January 1985||Demolished|||
|Paisley||Werribee line express route||Ross Road, Altona||steam, diesel & electric-era suburban||14 October 1929||14 April 1985||Demolished, although the island platform remains|||
|Galvin||Werribee line express route||Maidstone Road, Altona||steam, diesel & electric-era suburban||22 August 1927||14 April 1985||Demolished|||
|Williamstown Pier||Williamstown||Morris Street, Williamstown||steam & electric-era suburban||3 October 1857||25 March 1987||Demolished, now a carpark|||
|South Melbourne||St Kilda||Ferrars Street, South Melbourne||steam & electric-era suburban||16 September 1858||August 1987||Converted to tram stop and commercial use|||
|Albert Park||St Kilda||Ferrars Street, Albert Park||steam & electric-era suburban||27 November 1860||August 1987||Converted to tram stop and commercial use|||
|Middle Park||St Kilda||Canterbury Road, Middle Park||steam & electric-era suburban||2 July 1883||August 1987||Converted to tram stop and abandoned|||
|St Kilda||St Kilda||Fitzroy Street, St Kilda||steam & electric-era suburban||13 May 1857||August 1987||Converted to tram stop and commercial use|||
|Montague||Port Melbourne||Woodgate and Montague Streets, Montague||steam & electric-era suburban||2 June 1883||December 1987||Converted to tram stop and demolished|||
|North Port||Port Melbourne||Raglan Street, Port Melbourne||steam & electric-era suburban||May 1859||December 1987||Converted to tram stop and demolished|||
|Graham||Port Melbourne||Graham Street, Port Melbourne||steam & electric-era suburban||1 June 1888||December 1987||Converted to tram stop and demolished|||
|Port Melbourne||Port Melbourne||Beach Street, Port Melbourne||steam & electric-era suburban||13 April 1854||December 1987||Converted to tram stop and commercial use|||
|Stopping Place #16||Mornington||Nepean Highway, Mornington||steam & railcar, semi-rural||30 November 1959||1988||Demolished, replaced by Mornington Tourist railway station in 2000|
|APM Siding||Branch from the Hurstbridge line at Fairfield||Grange and Heidelberg Roads, Alphington||Goods siding||29 July 1919||1994||Track dismantled, alignment remains|
|Werribee Racecourse||Continuation of Werribee line||Off Bulban Road, Werribee||Steam & diesel-era, special events||?||October 1993||Access to station and part of the platform demolished; station signs remain|||
|Princes Bridge||City Loop||Flinders Street, current site of Federation Square||steam & electric era suburban||8 February 1859||1997||Services amalgamated into Flinders Street Station. Platform space is now used as screen gallery for the Australian Centre for the Moving Image|
|General Motors||Pakenham||Off Progress Street, Dandenong South (access via dirt track)||Electric-era suburban, workers trains||18 November 1956||28 July 2002||Intact but no legal access to the station site|||
These stations previously existed in slightly different locations, and/or at a higher or lower level (for example, originally at ground level then lowered into a cutting), to their modern-day counterparts. They may be considered the closed predecessors of today's stations.
- Ardeer (August 1956) – on the Melton line (greater metropolitan line)
- Boronia (1998) – on the Belgrave line; track lowered station rebuilt (with a significantly larger capacity than before the rebuild) lowered as part of grade separation under the intersection of Dorset/Boronia Roads. Surface areas and carpark now integrated with Boronia Junction Shopping Centre.
- Bentleigh (11th of June – 29th of August 2016) – on the Frankston Line; rebuilt as part of the level crossing removal works at North Rd, McKinnon Rd and Centre Rd.
- Box Hill (1983–1985) – on the Belgrave/Lilydale line; track lowered and station incorporated into Box Hill Central shopping centre.
- Canterbury (19 June 1966) – on the Belgrave/Lilydale line; current high level station opened on 15 September 1968 and was completed and the Canterbury Rd level crossing closed on 22 December 1968
- Dandenong – Built 8 October 1887, upgraded in 1994–1995 – Change over for the Pakenham and Cranbourne Lines
- Elsternwick (October 1960) – on the Sandringham line; grade separated to remove the level crossing and tram square at Glen Huntly Road.
- Epping (29 November 1959) – terminus of the Epping line until 2012; current station opened on 30 November 1964
- Fawkner (13 July 1903) – on the Upfield line; current station opened on 10 December 1906
- Footscray 1900 – two separate stations for the Williamstown and Sunbury lines were merged into the current site
- Flinders Street Station
- Originally Melbourne Terminus (built 1854)
- Current Flinders Street Station (built 1910)
- Gardiner (18 January 2016) – lowered into cutting as part of the removal of a Glen Waverley line rail crossing at Burke Road.
- Glen Waverley (24 February 1964) – terminus of the Glen Waverley line
- Hoppers Crossing (1983) – Originally located on the Western Side of Old Geelong Road (1970–1983) for country trains, rebuilt with longer platforms to cater for Electric Trains on the Eastern Side of Old Geelong Road.
- Laburnum (January 2007) – on the Belgrave/Lilydale line; track lowered to create a rail underpass replacing the level crossing at Middleborough Road.
- Lalor (5 August 1952) – on the South Morang line
- McKinnon (25th of March – 1st of August 2016) – on the Frankston Line; rebuilt as part of the level crossing removal works at North Rd, McKinnon Rd and Centre Rd.
- Mitcham (25 December 1882 – 2 January 2014) – on the Belgrave/Lilydale line; track lowered to create a rail underpass replacing two level crossings at Mitcham Road and Rooks Road. New station opened 25 January 2014.
- Moorabbin 1959 – on the Frankston line; new station lowered below road level and provision made for the third track (which did not occur for some 20 years), road underpasses established for South Road and the Nepean Highway
- Mornington (1987) – on the Mornington line; new station located on the demolished Stopping Place 16 station and opened 2000
- Narre Warren (3 June 1995) – on the Pakenham line
- Nunawading (January 2010) – on the Belgrave/Lilydale line; track lowered and station rebuilt with a provision made for a third track as part of the Springvale Road grade separation project.
- Officer (13 May 1956) – on the Pakenham line
- Ormond (11th of June – 29th of August 2016) - on the Frankston Line; rebuilt as part of the level crossing removal works at North Rd, McKinnon Rd and Centre Rd.
- Richmond (the gateway to the city for all eastern lines) has had several incarnations:
- Punt Road low level (8 February 1859 – 12 December 1859)
- Swan Street low level (12 December 1859 – 1885)
- Richmond high level (1885 – 26 March 1960) – the opening of this station overlapped with the closure of Swan Street
- Sandown Park (16 May 1955) – on the Pakenham and Cranbourne lines; current station opened on 19 June 1965
- Southern Cross, the main terminus of regional and interstate services in Victoria.
- Progressively expanded until 1960.
- Rebuilt station building and platform layout beginning in 1960 as part of the works providing a standard gauge railway link to Sydney.
- Beginning 2002, Spencer Street has been substantially rebuilt and renamed Southern Cross. While maintaining the previous platform layout, the station bears no resemblance to the former station.
- Tottenham low level (27 July 1982) – on the Sunbury line
- Watergardens (Sydenham) (2002) – on the Sydenham line
- Watsonia was lowered into a cutting when the line between Macleod and Greensborough was duplicated. (Hurstbridge line)
- West Footscray (14 October 2013) – on the Sunbury Line; rebuilt as part of the Regional Rail Link project.
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