St Albans railway station, Melbourne

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St Albans is a railway station in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, located in the suburb of St Albans, on the Sydenham railway line. St Albans is classed as a Premium Station and is in Metcard Zone 2.

St Albans is located at the southern end of the Main Road level crossing, with station access from Main and St Albans Roads, and McKechnie Street. The station consists of one side platform and two in a island format; Platform 1 (side platform) has a 'bus stop' style steel shelter, while platforms 2 & 3 (island platform) have a large pebblemix building with an enclosed waiting area, ticket facilities and toilets. A large Metcard vending machine is situated 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 vending machine is situated inside the waiting area. A signal box with a mechanical lever frame is located on the down platform, to control access to the back platform and sidings. A disused platform is located across the Main Road level crossing, which was used for Southern Cross bound V/Line trains. It was made redundant when a new platform was built as part of the electrification to Sydenham in 2002.

Platforms and services
Platform 1:
  • Sydenham line - limited stops services to Flinders Street
  • Bendigo line - V/Line services to Southern Cross
Platforms 2/3:
  • Sydenham line - peak hour terminating services, returning as limited stops services to Flinders Street
  • Sydenham line - all stations services to Watergardens
  • Bendigo line " V/Line services to Sunbury, Kyneton, Bendigo (1 service per day extends to Echuca)

St Albans station opened on February 1, 1887. During the steam era trains had operated every hour to Braybrook Junction station (renamed Sunshine station in 1907), with only eight trains continuing to St Albans. The station was made the terminus of suburban electric trains from the city in October 1921, with trains running every 40 minutes by day and hourly at night. The original station was located on the country side of the Main Road level crossing, with all terminating electric trains using the down platform. This blocked through country trains, and required the closing of the interlocked level crossing gates twice for each suburban train - once on arrival, and again on departure. In 1959 the station was rebuilt, with a semi island platform build on the city side of the level crossing. One side faced the main line, with the other side formed a dock platform for terminating suburban trains. The old down platform was removed but the up platform remained for inbound country trains. Boom barriers replace interlocked gates at Main Road in 1986. St Albans was designated a Premium Station on July 26, 1996. In conjunction with the extension of suburban electric services to Sydenham a new up platform was provided across from the down platform.


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