Hurstbridge line. Local Train service operated by Metro Trains Melbourne. Telephone. Metro Trains Melbourne website · List of Metro. Hurstbridge Line. Timetables from Stations: Ivanhoe. Route Timetables. View timetable online. To City · To Hurstbridge. Map Data. Map data © Google. in a timetable update planned for August, but the other two services have been tied to the $ million duplication of the Hurstbridge line.

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The Hurstbridge railway line is a commuter rail passenger train service in MelbourneAustralia. It shares tracks with the Mernda railway line until Clifton Hillthen heads in a north-east direction through the cities of YarraDarebin and Banyuleand the Shire of Nillumbik. The service is part of the Public Transport Victoria metropolitan rail network. The Hurstbridge line traverses the rolling landscape of Melbourne’s north-eastern suburbs, at times cutting across hills and valleys, resulting in a somewhat winding and undulating track.

It includes the only three tunnels on the suburban electrified system, other than the Melbourne City Loopalthough none of them are particularly long or deep.

The section from Flinders Street station to Victoria Park was built later hurstbgidge the rest of the line, which was originally connected to the suburban system via the now-closed Inner Circle railway line.

There is evidence that the line was originally intended to be connected via this route, but geography and existing suburban development made it a problematic situation. The section to Victoria Park runs through two tunnels under a low ridge just east of the city, but most of the rest runs on an embankment that carries the line above numerous main roads and suburban side streets.

After Clifton Hill the line roughly parallels the north bank of the Yarra Rivercutting across a number of watercourses huestbridge into the river, and the ridges between them. Trakn is a third tunnel just past Heidelberg station. The inner section of the line traverses timetab,e built-up suburbs, but the suburban environment is less dense between Clifton Hill and Greensborough. The outer end of the line is surrounded by paddocks and patches of bush.

The line features four of the largest bridges on the suburban network: Apart from the first ttimetable of the line, there are numerous level crossingsplus a number of private driveway crossings between Diamond Creek and Hurstbridge and two little-used public roads that have only passive protection no operating lights or bells.

The line also crosses a number of roads using bridges.

Route Timetable: Hurstbridge line (Metro Trains Melbourne Local Train)

The Hurstbridge line is both notable and notorious for having several single-track sections, due to constraints imposed by geography and lack of government investment. These single-track sections create bottlenecks at which trains must often wait for up to 10 minutes for an oncoming train before proceeding. Until earlythe Hurstbridge line was the last electrified railway in Melbourne to use a token system of safeworking. The Greensborough to Eltham section was controlled by the miniature electric staff system, and Eltham to Hurstbridge section by the staff and ticket system.

If required, the latter section could be divided into two at Diamond Creek, to allow trains to cross at that station. In conjunction with these systems, trains through Greensborough, Eltham and Hurstbridge stations continued to be controlled by some semaphore signals.


In the first few months ofthe staff systems and semaphore signals were replaced by electronic three-position coloured light signalling[2] controlled remotely from Epping. Intermediate terminating facilities for trains are provided at Victoria Park normally used only for trains being stabled thereHeidelberg used by a handful of peak servicesMacleodand Greensborough.

Stabling facilities are provided at Victoria Park accommodating two six-car trainsMacleod accommodating three six-car trainsEltham accommodating five six car trainsand Hurstbridge accommodating five six-car trains. The stabling siding at Victoria Park is only used between peaks during the day because it does not have security lighting. Macleod station is the only station on the Hurstbridge line with more than two platforms. A third platform was provided in the s, and is used during peak periods to provide a place at which trains can originate or terminate.

The first section of the Hurstbridge line to open was between Victoria Park then named Collingwood and Heidelberg, in Mayalthough there is some evidence that the contractors building the line operated services prior to that.

At this time, the line was connected to other lines via a line from Royal Park to Clifton Hill, most of which comprised what was later known as the Inner Circle line. This connection was opened at the same time.

A more direct connection, between Princes Bridge and Victoria Park as Collingwood was renamed at the same time was opened in October In June the following year the line was extended to Eltham, and ten years later June to Hurst’s Bridge now Hurstbridge. In the same year as the line reached Hurstbridge, the line between Westgarth and Alphington was duplicated. A few months later, the line from Princes Bridge was electrified to Heidelberg, followed by electrification to Eltham in April and Hurstbridge in August In June the line between Ivanhoe and Heidelberg was duplicated and provided with automatic signalling.

The same was done to the Alphington to Ivanhoe section in December Duplication continued between Heidelberg and Macleod in Decemberexcept for a short section after Heidelberg where the line crosses a bridge then goes through a tunnel.

That section remained single until when it was duplicated as part of the Level Crossing Removal at Lower Plenty Road. On two consecutive days in September automatic signalling was provided between Westgarth and Fairfieldand Fairfield and Alphington.

Macleod to Greensborough was duplicated and converted to automatic signalling in August The duplication also included a number of level crossing removals and a rebuilt Watsonia station. Weekend services commenced through running to Hurstbridge in April Previously, weekend services between Eltham and Hurstbridge operated as a shuttle service, with passengers required to change trains at Eltham.

Prior to the timetable change, the shuttle service was provided by a double ended motored Tait train, and after timefable withdrawal inthe shuttle service was provided by a 3 car Hitachi or Comeng.


The short section between Clifton Hill and Westgarth, crossing the moderately-deep valley of the Timetavle Creek, was duplicated in January The tumetable used centre running line at Clifton Hill was also himetable at this time. Several stations on the Hurstbridge line formerly had goods yards or sidings. Those at FairfieldAlphington, Ivanhoe, Heidelberg and Greensborough have been removed completely although a single track remained at Heidelberg for many years for stabling defective trains.


The former goods yards at Eltham and Hurstbridge are now used as stabling sidings, following modifications to the track layout. The siding at Diamond Creek was originally used for goods purposes according to the Curves and Grades book and was retained for use as a crossing loop.

A platform was timetabl built on the loop until hkrstbridge, requiring trains to “set back” after using the platform in order to cross. The name of Wattleglen station is curious, because the town is named Wattle Glen. Platform signs also read “Wattle Tietable but the station appears as Wattleglen on some official railway documents, and is gazetted as such on the State Government VicNames register.

This project also includes the construction of a new Rosanna station. Plans for the future include the duplication of track between Greensborough and Eltham Montmorency Station will be reconstructed. This will allow more trains to run more often. On weekdays during the morning peak, citybound services originate at one of Hurstbridge, Eltham, Greensborough, Macleod or Heidelberg stations, with most services originating from the former four stations running express from Clifton Hill to Jolimont.

Outbound services also terminate at one of the above five stations. The only Macleod service runs express from Clifton Hill to Heidelberg.

Greensborough services usually either stops all stations or runs express from Heidelberg to Greensborough, with one service also running express between Jolimont and Clifton Hill. One Greensborough service runs to the same pattern as Heidelberg services.

More Trains And Fewer Delays On The Hurstbridge Line | Premier of Victoria

All Eltham services stops all stations. All other services stops all stations. On weekday afternoon peaks, citybound services originate at Hurstbridge, Eltham, Greensborough or Macleod. The only service from Macleod runs express from Clifton Hill to Jolimont. All services from Greensborough and almost all services from Hurstbridge stop at all stations.

Services from Eltham either stop at all stations, runs express from Clifton Hill to Jolimont or run express from Greensborough to Jolimont, stopping only at Heidelberg, Ivanhoe and Clifton Hill. One service from Eltham and one service from Hurstbridge operate express from Heidelberg to Jolimont, stopping at Ivanhoe and Clifton Hill. Outbound services also terminate at one of the above four stations, either stopping all stations, running express from Jolimont to Clifton Hill, or operating express from Jolimont to Heidelberg, stopping at Clifton Hill and Ivanhoe.

All other weekday services and all weekend services stop at all stations, with every second service usually originating and terminating at Eltham. All services run clockwise through the City Loop, except weekend early morning services which runs direct to and from Flinders Street and originating and terminating at Hurstbridge.

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