Macaulay railway station, Melbourne

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Macaulay is a railway station in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. It is located on the Upfield line, just off Macaulay Road at the boundary of the suburbs of Kensington and North Melbourne. Macaulay is unmanned and is in Metcard ticketing Zone 1.

Facilities

The station is located at the northern end of the Macaulay Road level crossing, which provides access to the station.

There are two platforms at Macaulay, one either side of the tracks. Platform 1 has a substantial brick building with a disused booking office, while Platform 2 has a smaller brick shelter of similar architectural style. Each platform has one of the smaller coin-only Metcard ticket machines, and the outbound platform in addition has a Telstra payphone.

The station is situated beside the Moonee Ponds Creek and surrounded mainly by factories and warehouses. Kensington station on the Craigieburn line is only 400m away and is significantly closer to the residential area, and handles a larger number of commuters.

The station is situated at ground level beneath the CityLink tollway which is supported atop concrete columns situated outside the platform fencing.

Platforms and services

Platform 1:

  • Upfield line - all stations services to Flinders Street

Platform 2:

  • Upfield line - all stations services to Upfield
History

The station opened in 1887 as Macaulay Road, and was renamed Macaulay in 1909. The line though the station had opened in 1884. To the east of the station were a number of goods sidings opened after 1919, which have since been lifted. Boom barriers were provided at Macaulay Road in 1972. The station buildings were reconstructed in 1976.

The suburban train stabling yard near the station was opened in May 1972 as part of the City Loop project. A light repair facility was officially opened on 17 November 1993 as part of the closure of the Jolimont Workshops. It was opened to carry out minor repairs taking less than an hour, including pantograph, air conditioner or compressor changeovers.

Trivia
  • Melbourne band The Lucksmiths wrote the song "From Macaulay Station", which references the neighbouring overpass and the station's industrial inner-Melbourne surroundings.

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