Merri railway station

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Merri
Merri Railway Station.jpg
Building on platform 1 in May 2014
Location Railway Street, Northcote
Australia
Coordinates 37°46′40″S 144°59′35″E / 37.7778°S 144.9931°E / -37.7778; 144.9931Coordinates: 37°46′40″S 144°59′35″E / 37.7778°S 144.9931°E / -37.7778; 144.9931
Owned by VicTrack
Operated by Metro
Line(s) South Morang
Distance 8.04 kilometres from Southern Cross
Platforms 2 side
Tracks 2
Connections Bus
Tram
Construction
Structure type Ground
Parking 6
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Status Unstaffed station
Station code MER
Fare zone Myki zone 1
Website Public Transport Victoria
History
Opened 8 October 1889
Electrified Yes
Services
Preceding station   Metro Trains   Following station
South Morang line
toward South Morang

Merri railway station is located on the South Morang line, in Victoria, Australia. It serves the north-eastern Melbourne suburb of Northcote. It opened on 8 October 1889 as Northcote, and was renamed Merri on 10 December 1906.[1]

The original conception of the station was to act as a major junction in a planned "North Suburban Railway System". The Argus reported in 1887 that; "The Station at Union-street, as shown on our plan, must necessarily be the most important in the Northern System, as lines branch from this point to Preston and Whittlesea on the north ; Heidelberg, Kew, &.c., on the east; Carlton, Royal-park, North Melbourne, and Spencer-street on the south-west; Fitzroy, East Melbourne, and Flinders-street on the south; and if the alternative route is adopted, Clifton-hill, Collingwood, Richmond, and Flinders street on the south east.",[2] while land sale plans advertised the upcoming construction of the "Grand Central Junction Station".[3]

The station building was rebuilt in 1910, to accommodate an increased population in the area.[4]

The nearby level crossing at Charles Street had hand operated gates until 1924, when they were replaced with interlocked gates, operated from the nearby signal box, following several serious traffic accidents.[5] These gates were replaced with boom barriers in 1986.[6]

During October 1987, the double line block system between Merri - Northcote was abolished, and replaced with three positioning signalling, [7] with all two position signals between Merri and Thornbury also abolished.[7]

Platforms & services[edit]

Merri has two side platforms. It is serviced by Metro Trains' South Morang line services.[8]

Platform 1:

Platform 2:

Transport links[edit]

Moonee Valley Coaches operates one route via Merri station:

Yarra Trams operates two routes via Merri station:

References[edit]

  1. ^ Merri Vicsig
  2. ^ The Argus 9 December 1887
  3. ^ "Fitzroy Junction Estate" land sale advertisement 1887
  4. ^ Darebin Heritage Study 2000 - Merri - Northcote
  5. ^ The Argus, 13 Nov 1924
  6. ^ "Works". Newsrail. Australian Railway Historical Society. March 1987. p. 89. 
  7. ^ a b "Works". Newsrail. Australian Railway Historical Society. January 1988. p. 27. 
  8. ^ South Morang Line timetable Public Transport Victoria
  9. ^ Route 506 Moonee Ponds - Westgarth timetable Public Transport Victoria
  10. ^ Route 11 West Preston - Victoria Harbour Docklands timetable Public Transport Victoria
  11. ^ Route 86 Bundoora RMIT - Waterfront City Docklands timetable Public Transport Victoria

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