- Essendon railway station, Melbourne
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Essendon railway station is located on Buckley Street near Mt Alexander Road in the Melbourne suburb of Essendon, 9.2 km north of
Melbourne's main central station, Flinders Street Stationon the Craigieburn line, in Metcardticketing Zone 1. The station consists of an island platformaccessible via a pedestriansubway. The station's building is constructed of red brickin the Federation Free Classical Style.
Essendon Railway Station was made to a
premium stationin 1996, being provided with staffing from first to last train, a ticket office that sells V/Lineregional tickets in addition to Metcards, public toilets, and an indoor seating area. In the mornings there is an on-platform coffeeseller and a newspaper kiosk(open to about 9am).
There are a number of local
private schools, the students of which dominate morning inbound passengernumbers. The schools include Ave Maria College, St Columba's College, Lowther Hall Anglican Grammar Schooland Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School.
The ticket office is on the island platform, as are two ticket machines.
Outbound trains normally arrive on the western side of the island platform (platform 3), while citybound trains normally arrive on the eastern side of the island platform (platform 2). The other platform (platform 1), on the eastern side of the station, is generally unused as it is too short to accommodate a 6-car suburban train, and has no
The pedestrian subway was previously prone to
flooding, but until improvements to the drainage system were undertaken. A second subway passes under the railway line on the north side of the station, but it does not provided access to any platforms, merely connecting Rose Street to Russell Street.
The first passenger line to Essendon opened in October 1860. The service was closed in July 1864, before reopening under
government ownershipon January 9 1871. [cite web| url=http://www.railwaymuseum.org.au/history.html| title=Railway History in Victoria 1839 - 1900| author=ARHS Railway Museum| accessdate=2007-01-04| ] In 1878 a new station was constructed on the present site. Passenger subways and footbridges were added in 1886. The centre platform and station building were added in 1909, following an increase in Essendon's population. Essendon Railway Station is registered with the Victorian Heritage Register.
Other public transport links
A number of
buslines connect with Essendon station. The 465 and 468 depart from Rose Street on the west side of the station, and Most of the weekday and weekend 465 services seem to reliably match up with northbound trains, however they stop running a little after 9:00 pm.The 475, 476, 477, 478, 479, 483, 501, 503 and 510 depart from Russell Street on the east side of the station.
The number 59 tram has a stop 190 meters to the east of Essendon station.
* [http://www.fallingrain.com/world/AS/7/Essendon.html FallingRain Map - elevation = 59m]
VLine=Albury & Shepparton lines
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