Eltham railway station, Melbourne

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Eltham is a railway station in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, located in the suburb of Eltham, on the Hurstbridge railway line. Eltham is classed as a Premium Station and is in Metcard Zone 2. Eltham is the terminus for some peak and off-peak services on the line.

Facilities
Eltham station is located between Main Road and Youth Road, with station access from Main Road. The station consists of two platforms, in an island format, with a large building at the Hurstbridge end of the station. The building houses an enclosed waiting area, ticket falicities and toilets. Two Metcard ticket vending machines are located inside the waiting area, which are able to dispense most ticketing options available and also accept notes and coins. Stabling facilities consisting of three sidings, providing enough space for three six-carriage trains, are located adjacent to the station, whilst an underpass is situated at the Hurstbridge end of the station. The two platforms are bi-directional, allowing trains to depart in either direction from either platform. Eltham is one of the only stations in Melbourne still to be controlled by mechanical safeworking, including semaphore signals. The railway station is a crossing loop in the middle of a 15 km long section of single track, which can cause 'snowballing' delays to services. It is also the break between two different types of safeworking; Greensborough to Eltham is controlled by Miniature Electric Staff, whilst Eltham to Hurstbridge is controlled by Train Staff and Ticket. A goods yard was located on the west side of the station but that has since been converted to a stabling yard for suburban trains.

Platforms, services and connecting bus services
Platform 1:
  • Hurstbridge line - all stations and limited stops services to Flinders Street
  • Hurstbridge line - all stations services to Hurstbridge
Platform 2:
  • Hurstbridge line - all stations services to Hurstbridge
  • Hurstbridge line - all stations and limited stops services to Flinders Street
(Trains in either direction can and do depart from either platform, although Hurstbridge-bound services only normally depart platform 2 once or twice a day.)
  • 513 Eltham ”“ Glenroy via Greensborough RS, Watsonia RS, Rosanna RS, Coburg RS (every day). Operated by Dyson's Bus Services.
  • 578 Eltham ”“ Warrandyte (Monday to Saturday). Operated by Panorama Coaches.
  • 579 Eltham ”“ Warrandyte (Monday to Saturday). Operated by Panorama Coaches.
  • 580 Eltham ”“ Diamond Creek via Diamond Creek RS, Diamond Creek SC (every day). Operated by Panorama Coaches.
  • 582 Eltham ”“ Eltham via Woodridge Estate (every day). Operated by Panorama Coaches.
  • 902 Chelsea ”“ Airport West SC via Springvale, Nunawading, Greensborough, Broadmeadows (every day). Operated by Grenda's Bus Services, East West Bus Company and Tullamarine Bus Lines.


History
Eltham station opened on June 5, 1902. Electrification of the line from Melbourne reached Eltham on April 15, 1923. Boom barriers were provided at the Diamond Street crossing in 1987. Eltham was upgraded to a Premium Station on July 4, 1996. The Youth Street side of the station was originally a goods yard, with a goods shed. The track layout has changed many times over the years, changing from a maximum of 5 sidings, to the current 3 sidings. The current platform 1 (changed from platform 2 in the 1990s) was originally a back platform (terminating platform, only accessible from the city end). The last wooden trestle bridge on the Melbourne suburban network is located at the Flinders Street end of the station.

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