Newmarket railway station, Melbourne
|Station status||Host Station|
|Website||Link, includes timetables|
Newmarket is located at the northern end of the Racecourse Road rail overpass, with station access from Racecourse Road and Pin Oak Crescent. Tram route 57 is a short walk from the station, on Racecourse Road.
Newmarket station consists of two elevated side platforms; Platform 1 has a large red brick building, while platform 2 has a red brick building of similar size. A large Metcard ticket vending machine was located at the entrance to platform 1, which was able to dispense most ticketing options available and also accept notes and coins. A small coin-only Metcard ticket vending machine was located at the entrance to platform 2. These ticket machines were decomissioned in December 2012 will the full roll-out of Myki ticketing.
Special services to Flemington Racecourse and Showgrounds stations run though the station, but do not stop for passengers with signs on the platform advising customers of the fact. The junction for the Flemington Racecourse line itself is at the down end of the station.
Platforms, services and connecting tram service
- Suburban Metro Trains services to Craigieburn
|Tram 57||Maribyrnong||Elizabeth Street terminus|
Newmarket station opened on 1 November 1860 as part of the private Melbourne and Essendon Railway Company line to Essendon. The station closed with the line in 1864 until it was reopened in 1871 under government ownership. A permanent station building was first constructed in 1886. The present buildings were built in 1925. The bridge at Racecourse Road is the third on the site. Interlocking and a signal box for the Racecourse line junction were brought into use in 1880, becoming remotely controlled from Kensington in 1969.
The station was used during construction of CityLink in 1997-1998 to shuttle passengers to and from Flemington Bridge station (on the Upfield line). This was because Macaulay station was closed, and trains did not run between Flemington Bridge and North Melbourne. This was necessary to allow the construction of raised roads linking the West Gate Freeway with the Tullamarine Freeway for the CityLink project. This increased the journey time for the Upfield line by 10–20 minutes.
- 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 (Victorian Division). p. 23. ISBN 0-85849-012-9.
- VICSIG Infrastructure - Newmarket
- 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 (Victorian Division). p. 86. ISBN 0-85849-012-9.