Essendon railway station

Essendon railway station is located on the Craigieburn line, in Victoria, Australia. It serves the northern Melbourne suburb of Essendon, and opened on 1 November 1860, as the terminus of the private Melbourne and Essendon Railway Company line. The station closed with the line on 1 July 1864, but was reopened on 9 October 1871, under government ownership.[2][3]

Commuter and regional railway station
Northbound view from Platform 1
LocationRussell Street, Essendon
Coordinates37°45′22″S 144°54′58″E
Owned byVicTrack
Operated byMetro
Distance8.01 kilometres from Southern Cross
Platforms3 (1 side, 1 island)
Structure typeGround
Bicycle facilitiesYes
Disabled accessYes
Other information
StatusPremium station
Station codeESD
Fare zoneMyki zone 1
WebsitePublic Transport Victoria
Opened1 November 1860
Closed1 July 1864
Rebuilt9 October 1871
Passengers (2014-2015)Not measured[1]
Passengers (2015-2016)1.60 million[1] 0.16%
Passengers (2016-2017)1.75 million[1] 9.6%
Passengers (2017-2018)1.69 million[1] 3.55%
Preceding station   V/Line   Following station
Shepparton line
towards Seymour
Metro Trains
Craigieburn line
towards Craigieburn


The line to the north was opened in 1872, as part of the North East line to Wodonga. A completely new station, with a single platform, was provided in 1878, on the site of the present island platform, with passenger subways and footbridges added in 1886, along with conversion of the island platform to the current layout. It was also at this time that a road overpass was provided at Mount Alexander Road, in what was one of the first grade separation projects to be carried out in the state. In 1909, the present buildings were provided, along with a centre track between platforms 1 and 2.[3]

Electric train services between the city and Essendon were inaugurated in 1919, with electrification extended to Broadmeadows in 1921. However, Essendon remained the terminus of most suburban services, with a shuttle service operating beyond until 1925, with all day through services to Broadmeadows not provided until 1941.[4] The station took the layout it has today in 1969, with the abolition of the centre track, closure of the stand-alone signal box, provision of automatic signalling along the line, and replacement of the Buckley Street interlocked crossing gates with boom barriers.

Harris motor 518M and Tait motor 368M were destroyed by fire whilst stabled at the station on 7 March 1973.[5] Tait trailer 85G was also damaged in the fire.[5]

Stabling of suburban trains at Essendon ceased on 8 June 1987, with the overhead wiring of all sidings removed just over a year later.[6] The former sidings near Rose Street were removed on 1 September 1988.[6]

On 20 September 2016, the Level Crossing Removal Authority and the Victorian state government announced the grade separation of the Buckley Street level crossing.[7] Construction began in 2018, with the level crossing being removed and Buckley St reopening on the 28th September 2018. Buckley St now runs under the railway line in a trench.[7]

As part of the Melbourne Metro Rail Tunnel it is expected that the turnback facilities at Essendon Station will be upgraded to allow services to start at Essendon when the tunnel opens in 2025[8]

Platforms & services

Essendon has one island platform with two faces and one side platform. It is serviced by Metro Trains' Craigieburn line services[9] and V/Line Seymour services.[10] Platform 1 is rarely used, but it is used by V/Line services to overtake Metro Trains services, or when 3 car trains are terminating.

Platform 1:

  • Passing rail line only for V/Line Services. Only used for passenger services during major disruptions.

Platform 2:

Platform 3:

CDC Melbourne operates one route via Essendon station:

Kastoria Bus Lines operates three routes via Essendon station:

Moonee Valley Coaches operates one route to and from Essendon station:

Moreland Buslines operates one route to and from Essendon station:

Ryan Brothers Bus Service operates two routes to and from Essendon station:

Sunbury Bus Service operates one route via Essendon station:

Transdev Melbourne operates one SmartBus route via Essendon station:

Yarra Trams operates one route via Essendon station:


  1. "Station Patronage Data 2013-2018". Philip Mallis. Transport for Victoria. Retrieved 4 November 2019.
  2. Essendon Vicsig
  3. Turton, Keith W (1973). Six And A Half Inches From Destiny. The first hundred years of the Melbourne-Wodonga Railway 1873-1973. Australian Railway Historical Society. pp. 23, 86. ISBN 0-85849-012-9.
  4. SE Dornan & RG Henderson (1979). Electric Railways of Victoria. Australian Electric Traction Society. p. 54. ISBN 0-909459-06-1.
  5. "Delays". Newsrail. Australian Railway Historical Society. May 1974. p. 118.
  6. "Works". Newsrail. Australian Railway Historical Society. November 1988. p. 349.
  7. "Buckley Street, Essendon". Retrieved 29 July 2018.
  8. "MM-Business-Case-Feb-2016-APPENDIX-03.PDF" (PDF). Retrieved 29 September 2018. Infrastructure to facilitate short turnback of services at Essendon
  9. "Craigieburn Line". Public Transport Victoria.
  10. Seymour - Melbourne timetable Public Transport Victoria
  11. "477 Moonee Ponds - Broadmeadows Station via Essendon & Airport West & Gladstone Park". Public Transport Victoria.
  12. "475 Moonee Ponds - East Keilor via Niddrie". Public Transport Victoria.
  13. "476 Moonee Ponds - Plumpton via Keilor & Watergardens". Public Transport Victoria.
  14. "501 Moonee Ponds - Niddrie via Strathmore". Public Transport Victoria.
  15. "503 Essendon - East Brunswick via Albion Street". Public Transport Victoria.
  16. "510 Essendon - Ivanhoe via Brunswick & Northcote & Thornbury". Public Transport Victoria.
  17. "465 Essendon Station - Keilor Park via East Keilor". Public Transport Victoria.
  18. "468 Essendon - Highpoint SC via Maribyrnong". Public Transport Victoria.
  19. "483 Sunbury - Moonee Ponds via Diggers Rest". Public Transport Victoria.
  20. "903 Altona - Mordialloc (SMARTBUS Service)". Public Transport Victoria.
  21. "59 Airport West - Flinders Street Station & City". Public Transport Victoria.

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