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Epping railway station, Melbourne

Epping
Station entrance in May 2014
Location Cooper Street, Epping
Coordinates
Owned by VicTrack
Operated by Metro
Line(s) South Morang
Distance 22.82 kilometres from Southern Cross
Platforms 2 (1 island)
Tracks 2
Connections Bus
Construction
Structure type Below ground
Parking 200
Bicycle facilities 6
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Status Premium station
Station code EPP
Fare zone Myki zone 2
Website Public Transport Victoria
History
Opened 23 December 1889
Closed 28 November 1959
Rebuilt 30 November 1964
Electrified Yes
Services
Preceding station   Metro Trains   Following station
toward Flinders Street
South Morang line
Terminus

Epping railway station is located on the South Morang line in Victoria, Australia. It serves the north-eastern Melbourne suburb of Epping opening on 23 December 1889 as a station on the line to Whittlesea.[1]

Contents

  • History 1
  • Facilities, platforms & services 2
  • Transport links 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

History

Westbound view from platform 2 in May 2014

Services to the station were operated as country services. From 1924 an AEC railmotor shuttle service operated from Reservoir to Whittlesea operated until the line was closed north of Lalor station in November 1959.[2]

In November 1964 a new station opened a little down the line as part of the electrification of the line from Lalor to Epping with the station building relocated from Glen Waverley station which was being rebuilt at the time.[1][3]

The station was rebuilt during the late 1980s in conjunction with the construction of the adjacent train depot, with the north face of the current island platform brought into use in July 1987 along with temporary station buildings. The new platform was built on a new alignment with 200 metres of new track needed to link to the existing line. The old platform and station building was demolished in 1987.[4] The new Solid State Interlocking was commissioned in 1989,[5] and was the first fully computerised system in Melbourne.[4]

The suburban train depot was opened in 1990.[6] The depot was opened to replace the Jolimont Workshops in central Melbourne. The depot covers 10.8 hectares, and can accommodate 31 trains, with the facility including a main workshop building, four elevated tracks, two lifting tracks, and a train wash.[7]

Epping was upgraded to a Premium station in 1998.[8]

In 2010, construction commenced on a new island platform north of Cooper Street built below ground level as part of a grade separation project. This was part of the duplication of the line from Keon Park and its extension to South Morang. The new station opened on 28 November 2011.[9][10]

Facilities, platforms & services

Epping has one island platform with two faces. Access to the platforms is provided by stairs and a lift. The station concourse contains a customer service window, an enclosed waiting room, toilets and a kiosk. It is serviced by Metro Trains' South Morang line services.[11]

Platform 1:

Platform 2:

Transport links

Dyson's Bus Services operate four routes via Epping station:

Transdev Melbourne operates one SmartBus route via Epping station:

References

  1. ^ a b Epping Vicsig
  2. ^ Jack McLean (November 1995). "Reservoir-Whittlesea: Signalling and Safeworking". Newsrail (Australian Railway Historical Society): pages 333–337. 
  3. ^ SE Dornan & RG Henderson (1979). Electric Railways of Victoria. Australian Electric Traction Society. pp. 67, 83.  
  4. ^ a b "Works". Newsrail (Australian Railway Historical Society): page 314. October 1987. 
  5. ^ Epping Signal Box Vicsig
  6. ^ "Extracts of 'The Whittlesea Railway' by Robert Aquilina". The Northcote History Group. home.vicnet.net.au. Retrieved 2008-06-16. 
  7. ^ Hugo Van Den Berghe (June 1989). "New Eppping electric rain depot". Newsrail (Australian Railway Historical Society): pages 168–169. 
  8. ^ "Upgrading Eltham to a Premium Station". Newsrail (Australian Railway Historical Society): page 310. October 1997. 
  9. ^ Rail line boost already on track Herald Sun 28 November 2011
  10. ^ South Morang Rail Alliance John Holland
  11. ^ South Morang Line timetable Public Transport Victoria
  12. ^ Route 556 Epping - Northland timetable Public Transport Victoria
  13. ^ Route 575 Epping North - Thomastown timetable Public Transport Victoria
  14. ^ Route 577 Epping Plaza - South Morang Station timetable Public Transport Victoria
  15. ^ Route 901 Frankston - Melbourne Airport timetable Public Transport Victoria

External links

  • Media related to at Wikimedia Commons
  • South Morang extension project gallery
  • Melway
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