Williamstown railway line

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Williamstown
Melbourne train logo.svg
Overview
Service typeCommuter rail
StatusOperational
LocaleMelbourne, Victoria, Australia
Current operator(s)Metro Trains
Route
StartWilliamstown
Stops12
EndFlinders Street
Distance travelled16.2 km (10.1 mi)
Average journey time39 minutes
Service frequency
  • 13–23 minutes weekdays peak
  • 20 minutes daytime
  • Double frequency daytime on weekdays between Newport and Flinders Street in combination with Werribee line local services
  • 30 minutes evenings
  • 60 minutes early weekend mornings
Line(s) usedWilliamstown
City Loop
On-board services
Disabled accessYes
Technical
Rolling stockComeng, Siemens, X'Trapolis 100
Track gauge1,600 mm (5 ft 3 in)
Electrification1500 V DC overhead
Track owner(s)VicTrack
Route map
16.2
Williamstown Pier (closed)
15.5
Williamstown
1
14.4
Williamstown Beach
1
13.5
North Williamstown
1
12.5
Newport Workshops
11.8
Newport
1
10.5
Spotswood
1
8.8
Yarraville
1
7.9
Seddon
1
6.1
Footscray
1
Melbourne Metro Tunnel
under construction
4.7
South Kensington
1
2.9
North Melbourne
1
1.2
Southern Cross
1
0.0
Flinders Street
1
Williamstown (physical track)
Overview
StatusOperational from Southern Cross to Williamstown, closed beyond Williamstown
LocaleMelbourne, Victoria, Australia
TerminiWilliamstown
Southern Cross
Stations11
Services
Operation
Commenced1857 (1857)
Completed1859 (1859)
OwnerVicTrack
Technical
Line length15.0 km (9.3 mi)
Number of tracks2
Track gauge1,600 mm (5 ft 3 in)
Electrification1500 V DC overhead

The Williamstown railway line is a commuter rail passenger train service in Melbourne, Australia, operating between Williamstown in the western suburbs to Flinders Street in the central business district.

Services[edit]

Weekday daytime services on the Williamstown line stops all stations to and from Flinders Street via Southern Cross, and all services extend past Flinders Street to Frankston as the Frankston line. During the morning peak, outbound services continue to stop all stations while citybound services skip South Kensington. During the evening peak, outbound services skip South Kensington instead of citybound services, which stops all stations.

Late night weekday services and all weekend services operate as a shuttle between Newport and Williamstown, connecting with a Werribee service.

The Williamstown line is the only metropolitan line with regular services that never serves Flagstaff, Melbourne Central and Parliament stations.

Description[edit]

The Williamstown line runs across flat coastal land and therefore, has no significant earthworks. From the junction at Newport to the next station of North Williamstown, it runs beside the Newport Workshops, and from there through mainly old residential areas. The line used to continue a short distance to Williamstown Pier, around which there is heavy industrial areas including shipbuilding.

Infrastructure[edit]

Interactive map of the Williamstown line in western Melbourne.

The line is double track throughout, except for Williamstown station, and provided with automatic block signalling. There are no intermediate terminating facilities. Stabling facilities are provided within the grounds of the Newport workshops.

History[edit]

A train pulling into Williamstown station in 2014

Although it is now operated as a branch from the main Werribee/Geelong line at Newport, the line was originally built from the city, with the Geelong line being the branch. The line officially opened in January 1859, but the section between the vicinity of the Newport workshops and Williamstown Pier was in use by Geelong-line trains from October 1857 (see the history of the Werribee line for more information).

The line was electrified in August 1920, but little further change to the infrastructure took place until the section from Williamstown to Williamstown Pier closed in March 1987. Automatic Block signalling was provided in August 1997.

With the electrification of the Werribee line in 1983, many of the Williamstown Pier services became shuttle services from Newport instead of through services from Flinders Street.

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