Bell railway station, Melbourne

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Bell is a railway station in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, located in the suburb of Preston, on the Epping railway line. Bell is in Metcard Zone 1 and is classed as a Premium Station.

Facilities
Bell is located at the southern end of the Bell Street level crossing, which provides station access. The station consists of two side platforms; Platform 1 has a large weatherboard building housing an enclosed waiting area, toilets and ticket facilities, while platform 2 has a small brick building. A large Metcard ticket vending machine is located at the entrance to platform 1, which is able to dispense most ticketing options available and also accept notes and coins. A small coin-only Metcard ticket vending machine is located at the entrance to platform 2. A signal box is located on platform 1, which controls crossovers located at both ends of the station, as well as a works siding. Both are used during service disruptions or trackwork.

Platforms, services and connecting bus services
Platform 1:
  • Suburban Metro Trains services to Flinders Street
Platform 2:
  • Suburban Metro Trains services to Epping
  • 513 Eltham ”“ Glenroy via Greensborough RS, Watsonia RS, Rosanna RS, Coburg RS (every day). Operated by Dyson's Bus Services.
  • 552 Northcote Plaza SC ”“ North East Reservoir via Reservoir RS, Regent RS (every day). Operated by Reservoir Bus Company.
  • 553 Preston ”“ West Preston via Reservoir RS, Regent RS (every day). Operated by Reservoir Bus Company.


History
Bell station opened on October 8, 1889 as Preston - Bell Street. It was renamed Bell in 1905. The station has the only monosyllabic name in the entire Melbourne suburban rail system (depending upon how one says Jewell). In 1999 an arson attack on the Flinders Street side of the station (platform 1) resulted in significant damage to the historic station building. The building was repaired. Bell was upgraded to a Premium Station on August 25, 2008.

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