Royal Park railway station

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Royal Park
Royal Park Station, Melbourne.jpg
Southbound view from Platform 2
Location Poplar Road, Parkville
Australia
Coordinates 37°46′53″S 144°57′06″E / 37.7813°S 144.9517°E / -37.7813; 144.9517Coordinates: 37°46′53″S 144°57′06″E / 37.7813°S 144.9517°E / -37.7813; 144.9517
Owned by VicTrack
Operated by Metro
Line(s) Upfield
Distance 5.46 kilometres from Southern Cross
Platforms 2 side
Tracks 2
Connections Bus
Tram
Construction
Structure type Ground
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Status Unstaffed station
Station code RPK
Fare zone Myki zone 1
Website Public Transport Victoria
History
Opened 9 September 1884
Electrified Yes
Services
Preceding station   Metro Trains   Following station
Upfield line
toward Upfield

Royal Park railway station is located on the Upfield railway line in Victoria, Australia. It serves the northern Melbourne suburb of Parkville, and opened on 9 September 1884.[1]

It is located in the park of the same name, and is the nearest station to the Melbourne Zoo. A disused signal box is located on Platform 1.

History[edit]

The original plan for the route of the line through Royal Park was to be east of the Zoological Gardens, but after local protests against the destruction of the park, a decision was made to build the line to the west for "reasons of economy". On opening, only temporary station buildings were provided, along with a signal box and gatekeepers cottage.[2]

On 8 May 1888, Royal Park became a junction station, with the opening of the Inner Circle line, to both Clifton Hill and Northcote. At the same time, a timber station building and station masters residence were erected. Between 1889 and 1912, there was a goods siding near the station, named Royal Park Cutting Siding.[2]

The current station building on the Platform 1 was opened in 1920, with a tile roof in the "Gisborne style", and in 1936, a new waiting shed and ticket office replaced earlier structures on Platform 2.[2] Boom barriers replaced interlocked gates at the Poplar Road level crossing in 1971, when automatic signaling reached the station from Jewell, with automatic signaling extended to Macaulay in 1972.[3] The Inner Circle line (by then a goods-only stub to Fitzroy) was closed in 1981, and the waiting shed on Platform 2 was destroyed by arson in 1989. The signal box on Platform 1 closed in 1994.[3]

Platforms & services[edit]

Royal Park has two side platforms. It is serviced by Metro Trains' Upfield line services.[4]

Platform 1:

Platform 2:

Transport links[edit]

Dyson's Bus Services operates one route via Royal Park station:

Yarra Trams operates one route via Royal Park station:

References[edit]

  1. ^ Royal Park Vicsig
  2. ^ a b c Jon Saul and Wendy Moore (May 1990). Down the line to Upfield. Coburg Public Transport Group. 
  3. ^ a b Andrew Waugh. "VR History by Andrew Waugh - Upfield Line" (PDF). VR History. Retrieved 2009-02-24. 
  4. ^ Upfield Line timetable Public Transport Victoria
  5. ^ Route 505 Moonee Ponds - Melbourne University timetable Public Transport Victoria
  6. ^ Route 58 timetable Public Transport Victoria

External links[edit]

Closed station navigation
Inner Circle line
Junction | North Carlton Next station →