Lilydale railway station, MelbourneEdit profile
Lilydale is a railway station (station code: LIL) in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. It is located at end of the Lilydale line, at Main Street in the suburb of Lilydale. It is 37.8 km from Flinders Street Station, the center of the city's suburban railway network, and in Metcard ticketing Zone 2.
Lilydale is a Premium Station, meaning that it is staffed from first to last train, and has extra customer services available. It is also a terminus station, with most trains terminating here rather than at earlier terminus stations. The station has an enclosed waiting area, which also contains former refreshment rooms which are opened by the Victorian Railway Institute on Friday afternoons and evenings. Large and small Metcard ticket vending machines, a ticket office and toilets are also located inside the waiting area.
Stabling facilities are situated at the Healesville end of the station.
Platforms, services and connecting bus services
Platforms 1 & 2:
- Lilydale and Belgrave lines - all stations and limited stops services to Ringwood and Flinders Street
The line at Lilydale once continued onto Healesville (opening in 1882), but was truncated to Lilydale in 1980, with the track between Yarra Glen and Healesville now used by the Yarra Valley Tourist Railway. The track from Lilydale to Yarra Glen, including Coldstream and Yering is now disused. The Yarra Valley Tourist railway originally leased the entire line, however they discontinued their lease on the section from Lilydale to Yarra Glen, because of the bad condition of the bridges in that section. However, there are hopes to eventually restore the entire line.
Also branching off at Lilydale was the Warburton railway line. It opened in 1901, and closed on 1 August 1965. The track was removed in the early 1970s, as was the bridge over Maroondah Highway. Most of the right-of-way is still intact, and has been turned into the Lilydale to Warburton Rail Trail. The exception to this is the part of the line approximately 800 metres beyond where it branched off at Lilydale. Mount Lilydale Mercy College currently leases this part of the line, which runs through its property. This is the only part of the line that is currently obstructed. Boom barriers replaced hand gates at Maroondah Highway in 1985.
Lillydale was upgraded to a Premium Station on 31 July 1996.