Ashburton railway station, Melbourne

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Ashburton is a railway station on the Alamein line in Melbourne, Australia. It is located between Welfare Parade and Kelvin Grove, in the suburb of Ashburton. It also lies adjacent to High Street, where it connects with a bus to Glen Waverley and Glen Iris. Ashburton is the only Premium Station on the Alamein line, being staffed from first to last train and has toilet facilities for passengers and a large Metcard machine. It is in Metcard Zone 1. The Alamein train line splits from one track to two just before Ashburton station, and as such the station only features a single bi-directional platform. A railway siding lies adjacent to the station, but this has been largely unused in recent years.

Platforms, services and connecting bus service
Platform 1:
  • Suburban Metro Trains services to Flinders Street Station (Peak only)
  • Suburban Metro Trains services to Camberwell
  • Suburban Metro Trains services to Alamein


History
The first station on the Ashburton site opened on May 30, 1890, as part of the short-lived Outer Circle line. At the time, the railway station was called Norwood, named after Norwood Road, the old name for Toorak Road. The station only had this name for a few months, and on December 12, 1890, the station was renamed Ashburton, named for Ashburton Terrace in County Cork, Ireland. Ashburton was part of the first section of the line to be opened. However, by 1893, the opposite end of the circle had closed, and on December 9, 1895, the stretch beyond Ashburton, connecting with Oakleigh closed. For a short period, this left the line to Ashburton (from Camberwell station) as the last remaining stretch. On May 1, 1897, Ashburton station closed, along with the line from Camberwell. However, after an outcry from the local community, it reopened, becoming the Ashburton line once again. It was electrified on October 30, 1924. It continued as the Ashburton line until June 28, 1948, when the line was extended 600 metres to Alamein, and became the Alamein line. Timetabled usage of the stabling siding ended in July 1989, due to vandalism of trains stabled there. Ashburton was upgraded to a Premium Station on February 1, 1996. A walking trail has also been constructed along part of the old Outer Circle reservation called the Anniversary Trail, which allows people to follow part of the route through to Alamein station, and then several hundred metres beyond. On October 15, 2009, a six-month-old baby in a pram (stroller) rolled off the platform at Ashburton onto the tracks as a northbound Comeng train entered the station. The mother controlling the pram momentarily let go and by the time she noticed the pram rolling away from her, the train was already entering the station, forcing her to watch helplessly. Despite the horrific nature of the incident, the baby boy was taken to hospital, suffering only minor injuries. The incident was caught on CCTV, and the footage was released by Connex Melbourne (now Metro Trains) the day after. The footage shocked the world, and emphasized the point of safety near railway lines.

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  • Baby hit by train survives - CNNVideo


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