Geelong railway station

Geelong railway station is located on the Port Fairy line, in Victoria, Australia. It serves the city of Geelong, and opened on 1 November 1856.[1][2] It is one of only two stations in Victoria to have a 19th-century train shed (along with Ballarat), and is listed on the Victorian Heritage Register.[3] The railway station complex is also listed on the National Trust of Australia, as having state level significance.[4]

Geelong
Southbound view in October 2006
LocationGordon Avenue, Geelong
Australia
Coordinates38°07′20″S 144°21′09″E
Owned byVicTrack
Operated byV/Line
Line(s)Warrnambool
Distance72.57 kilometres from Southern Cross
Platforms3 (1 island, 1 side)
Tracks9
Construction
Structure typeGround
ParkingYes
Disabled accessYes
Other information
StatusStaffed
Station codeGLG
Fare zoneMyki Zone 4
WebsitePublic Transport Victoria
History
Opened1 November 1856
Services
Preceding station   V/Line   Following station
Warrnambool line

History

Geelong was built as the terminus of the Geelong and Melbourne Railway Company line. It was a dead-end terminus, located on the site of the present law courts complex. In November 1876, the railway was extended south to Winchelsea,[1] necessitating the relocation of the station to the west, and between 1877 and 1881, the current station building was constructed.[5]

The station building was upgraded in 1988,[6] and included new passenger waiting areas and booking offices.[6]

Until the 1990s, there was a goods yard, including a large goods shed, located on the eastern side of the station.[7] It is now the site of Geelong's law courts and police station. A locomotive depot remains to the north, and carriage stabling sidings are to the west.

In March 2015, a further upgrade to the station was completed, which included the installation of a new DDA-compliant pedestrian overpass connecting all platforms, which included lifts, avoiding the need to use the original heritage-protected pedestrian bridge, which only has stairs.[8]

Platforms & services

Geelong has one island platform with two faces, and one side platform. It is serviced by V/Line Geelong and Warrnambool line services.[9][10] Some services terminate at Geelong, although most continue south.

Prior to the Regional Rail Link opening, almost all trains used platform 1. Platforms 2 & 3 were only used when platform 1 was occupied. Platform 1: UP trains to Southern Cross and down trains to South Geelong, Marshall & Waurn Ponds.

Platform 2: Up and Down Warrnambool trains, terminating services and other services if platform 1 was occupied.

Platform 3: Terminating services, Special Heritage services and other services if platform 1 was occupied.

After the opening of the Regional Rail Link, Geelong now has three times as many services running, requiring trains to cross at Geelong on a regular basis. The platforms have now been divided into up and down platforms.

Platform 1: Down trains to South Geelong, Marshall, Waurn Ponds & Warrnambool.

Platform 2: Up trains when platform 3 is occupied, special heritage services

Platform 3: Up trains to Southern Cross, terminating services.

It is common for a trains to be in all three platforms e.g. Platform 1: Down Waurn Ponds

Platform 2: Up stopping all stations

Platform 3: Up express from Warrnambool.

Platform 1:

Platform 2:

Platform 3:

Peak hour terminating services.

V/Line operate road coach services from Geelong to Apollo Bay, Ballarat, Colac and Warrnambool.[11]

References

  1. Geelong Vicsig
  2. Geelong Station Rail Geelong
  3. Geelong Railway Station Victorian Heritage Register
  4. Geelong Railway Station Complex National Trust Database
  5. Wong, Marcus. "Geelong Station". Rail Geelong. Retrieved 30 November 2017.
  6. "Works". Newsrail. Australian Railway Historical Society. November 1988. p. 349.
  7. Geelong Railway Station Complex National Trust of Australia (Victoria)
  8. Geelong Station Disability Access Project Public Transport Victoria
  9. Geelong - Melbourne timetable Public Transport Victoria
  10. Warrnambool - Melbourne via Colac Public Transport Victoria
  11. Warrnambool - Melbourne via Apollo Bay Public Transport Victoria
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