Williamstown railway station
Northbound view in June 2014
|Location||Hanmer Street, Williamstown
|Distance||14.20 kilometres from Southern Cross|
|Fare zone||Myki zone 1|
|Website||Public Transport Victoria|
|Opened||17 January 1859|
In 2013/14, it was the 13th least used station on Melbourne's metropolitan network, with 164,000 passenger movements.
Work on the line started under the Melbourne, Mount Alexander and Murray River Railway Company, but were taken over by the government in 1856, after work faltered. Builders Kerr, Hodgson & Billings commenced work on the timber Williamstown station building in 1858, with the station opened to traffic on 17 January 1859. Arched bluestone road bridges were built over the cutting at Thompson and Cole Streets. Until 1987, the line continued around the bend to the now closed Williamstown Pier station. It was upgraded to a Premium station on 18 June 1996.
The building is listed on the Victorian Heritage Register, and is the second oldest railway station in Victoria, after St Kilda. It is also the oldest timber railway station building to survive in the state, and one of the earliest surviving timber public buildings in Victoria.
The central section of the station building remains today, but was originally flanked by two pavilions: one for the stationmasters residence, and on the other refreshment rooms. A now removed timber and iron veranda lined the street side of the station, while on the rail side, the original platform canopy extended along the platform much further.
The Ann Street footbridge was installed c1883, and on electrification in 1916, the Thompson Street road bridge arch was removed and replaced with girder spans, to provide increased clearance. Railway sidings, a signal box and weighbridge were once located opposite the station, but have been since removed, with the majority of the sidings removed by June 1988. All rails, sleepers, overhead wires and signals between Williamstown and Williamstown Pier were removed by October 1988, along with a further two electrified sidings, next to the platform track. The track now currently ends just under the Ann Street footbridge, at the Down end of the station.
Platforms & services
Sita Buslines operates one route via Williamstown station:
- Williamstown Vicsig
- Station Patronage Research Public Transport Victoria
- "Upgrading Eltham to a Premium Station". Newsrail. Australian Railway Historical Society. October 1997. p. 310.
- "Williamstown railway station (listing VICH1599)". Australia Heritage Places Inventory. Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities. Retrieved 2008-09-15.
- "Operations". Newsrail. Australian Railway Historical Society. August 1988. p. 250.
- "Works". Newsrail. Australian Railway Historical Society. October 1988. p. 314.
- Williamstown Line timetable Public Transport Victoria
- Route 471 Williamstown - Sunshine timetable Public Transport Victoria