Sunshine railway station, Melbourne
|PTV commuter rail station|
Westbound view from Platform 2 in May 2014
|Location||Station Place, Sunshine|
|Distance||12.25 kilometres from Southern Cross|
|Platforms||4 (1 island, 2 side)|
|Fare zone||Myki Zone 1/2 Overlap|
|Website||Public Transport Victoria|
|Opened||7 September 1885|
|Electrified||1500 V DC overhead|
|Previous names||Braybrook Junction|
|2015-2016||1.96 million 23.6%|
|2016-2017||2.31 million 16.69%|
|2017-2018||2.08 million 9.96%|
Sunshine railway station is located on the Sunbury line, in Victoria, Australia. Originally named Braybrook Junction for the convergence of the major railways from central Melbourne to Ballarat and Bendigo, it was renamed when the suburb of Sunshine, which it serves, took its name from the nearby Sunshine Harvester Works. With the expansion of the railway network in Melbourne's west, Sunshine grew in importance, with cross-suburban goods routes constructed to Newport and from the adjacent Albion to Jacana line. From the mid-20th century it became an interchange for the main interstate routes to South Australia and New South Wales when the through line from Melbourne to Sydney was completed, although the main line to Adelaide was later diverted. In the early 21st century, the station was demolished and reconstructed to serve the diversion of the main passenger route to Geelong and beyond. It has been identified as a possible route for a future line to Melbourne Airport and as an interchange for the orbital Suburban Rail Loop.
Today, Sunshine is served by Metro Trains services on the Sunbury line, and V/Line services on the Geelong and Ballarat lines. Bendigo services and freight trains to northern Victoria and towards Sydney also pass through the station. A large bus interchange at the station is a hub for surrounding suburbs.
Sunshine station opened on 7 September 1885 as Braybrook Junction. It was renamed Sunshine on 15 July 1907.
The Melbourne & Murray River Railway (now named the Bendigo line), originating from Spencer Street station, was built in the late 1850s, from Footscray station to Sunbury and Bendigo, however, no station was built at that time on the current site; the closest station was Albion & Darlington, on the site of the current Albion station.
In 1885, the Serviceton line from Melbourne to Ballarat, via Bacchus Marsh, was built, branching off from the Bendigo line, and a station at the junction of the two lines was built. The station opened on 7 September 1885, as Braybrook Junction, named such as it was at the junction of the two lines, and was within the Shire of Braybrook.
In 1907, Braybrook Junction station was renamed Sunshine, when Hugh McKay moved his Sunshine Harvester Works adjacent to the station. On 20 April 1908, Sunshine was the scene of the worst train crash in Victorian railway history, the Sunshine train disaster.
The Albion – Jacana line opened in 1929, connecting Sunshine station with the North East line, allowing freight trains to avoid the steeper grades and suburban traffic on the suburban line between North Melbourne, Essendon and Broadmeadows.
The road level crossing at Sunshine was removed when grade separation was carried out in 1961. The works took place as part of the project to construct a standard gauge line from Sydney to Melbourne. Boom barriers were provided at the nearby former Anderson Road level crossing, on the Bendigo line, in the same year.
A fourth platform was opened in January 1963, on the adjacent Melbourne – Sydney standard gauge line, to enable passengers to transfer between the interstate Sydney and Adelaide expresses. In 1965, control of signals at Albion station was transferred to the signal box at Sunshine. Boom barriers were provided at the nearby former Anderson Road level crossing, on the Ballarat line, in 1977.
The sidings leading to Massey Ferguson were booked out of use in 1988, with the lead to the sidings, which crossed the standard gauge line, was removed in February of the same year.
The former station underpass, which connected the platforms to nearby City Place, was completed in 1994, replacing an earlier underpass. It was removed during the station upgrades between 2012 and 2014. Also around this time, the track leading to the former goods shed was removed.
- a new bus interchange, completed in September 2013;
- construction of a new footbridge and concourse, completed in January 2014;
- upgrading Platforms 1 and 2 with new canopies;
- rebuilding Platform 3 and a new Platform 4, both completed in April 2014;
The completed station was opened to the public on 28 April 2014.
The standalone signal box to the north of the station, commissioned in 1914, was closed in 2016 and its control of the Sunshine and Albion areas transferred to Metrol. Construction commenced in early 2020 on a new signal control centre south of the station, which will share control of the Sunshine–Dandenong corridor with an existing facility at Dandenong after completion of the Metro Tunnel.
On 22 July 2018, the Victorian state government announced that the Melbourne Airport rail link will be funded with state and commonwealth money and that it will run from the Melbourne CBD to Melbourne Airport via Sunshine station. As part of this project, a new "super hub" will be built at Sunshine station for passengers transferring between V/Line services and the airport trains. Construction is planned to begin by 2022.
Facilities, platforms and services
Sunshine has two side platforms and a centre island platform. Access is provided to the platforms using stairs, lifts and ramps from an overhead footbridge and concourse, which features a customer service window, an enclosed waiting room and toilets. It is serviced by Metro Trains' Sunbury line and V/Line Ballarat and Geelong services.
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The former signal box north of platforms 2 and 3 is one of the largest surviving examples of a tappet and lever frame box on the Victorian network, having once housed 80 levers. Although mechanical signalling was replaced with electronic interlocking before the box was finally taken out of service, it remains relatively intact as an example of Victorian Railways signal box architecture.
Sunshine bus interchange
There are 16 bus services that use the bus interchange at Sunshine station.
CDC Melbourne operates three routes via Sunshine station:
- 400 Sunshine Station to Laverton station via Robinsons Road (shared with Sita Buslines)
- 408 St Albans station to Highpoint Shopping Centre via Sunshine Station
- 410 Sunshine Station to Footscray via Ballarat Road
Sita Buslines operates seven routes to and from Sunshine station:
- 400 Sunshine Station to Laverton station via Robinsons Road (shared with CDC Melbourne)
- 420 Sunshine Station to Watergardens station via Deer Park
- 422 Sunshine station – Brimbank Central Shopping Centre
- 427 Sunshine Station to Sunshine West via Forrest St
- 428 Sunshine Station to Sunshine West
- 456 Sunshine Station to Melton via Rockbank
- 471 Williamstown to Sunshine Station via Newport & Altona Gate Shopping Centre
Transdev Melbourne operates four routes via Sunshine station:
- 216 Sunshine Station to Melbourne CBD (Queen Street) via Dynon Rd
- 220 Sunshine Station to Melbourne CBD (Queen Street) via Footscray Rd
- 429 Sunshine Station to Sunshine South Loop
SmartBus operates one route via Sunshine station:
Dysons operates one route via Sunshine station:
- Night Bus 942: Melbourne CBD (Queen Street) – St Albans station (Saturday and Sunday mornings only)
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