Royal Park railway station

Royal Park railway station is located on the Upfield railway line in Victoria, Australia. It serves the northern Melbourne suburb of Parkville, and opened on 9 September 1884.[1]

Royal Park
Royal Park Station, Melbourne.jpg
Southbound view from Platform 2
LocationPoplar Road, Parkville
Coordinates37°46′53″S 144°57′06″E / 37.7813°S 144.9517°E / -37.7813; 144.9517Coordinates: 37°46′53″S 144°57′06″E / 37.7813°S 144.9517°E / -37.7813; 144.9517
Owned byVicTrack
Operated byMetro
Distance5.46 kilometres from Southern Cross
Platforms2 side
Structure typeGround
Disabled accessYes
Other information
StatusUnstaffed station
Station codeRPK
Fare zoneMyki zone 1
WebsitePublic Transport Victoria
Opened9 September 1884
Preceding station   Metro Trains   Following station
Upfield line
towards Upfield

It is located in the park of the same name, and is the nearest station to the Melbourne Zoo. A disused signal box is located on Platform 1.


The original plan for the route of the line through Royal Park was to be east of the Zoological Gardens, but after local protests against the destruction of the park, a decision was made to build the line to the west for "reasons of economy". On opening, only temporary station buildings were provided, along with a signal box and gatekeepers cottage.[2]

On 8 May 1888, Royal Park became a junction station, with the opening of the Inner Circle line, to both Clifton Hill and Northcote. At the same time, a timber station building and station masters residence were erected. Between 1889 and 1912, there was a goods siding near the station, named Royal Park Cutting Siding.[2]

The current station building on the Platform 1 was opened in 1920, with a tile roof in the "Gisborne style", and in 1936, a new waiting shed and ticket office replaced earlier structures on Platform 2.[2] Boom barriers replaced interlocked gates at the Poplar Road level crossing in 1971, when automatic signaling reached the station from Jewell, with automatic signaling extended to Macaulay in 1972.[3] The Inner Circle line (by then a goods-only stub to Fitzroy) was closed in 1981, and the waiting shed on Platform 2 was destroyed by arson in 1989. The signal box on Platform 1 closed in 1994.[3]

Platforms & servicesEdit

Royal Park has two side platforms. It is serviced by Metro Trains' Upfield line services.[4]

Platform 1:

Platform 2:

Transport linksEdit

Dysons operates one route via Royal Park station:

Yarra Trams operates one route via Royal Park station:


  1. ^ Royal Park Vicsig
  2. ^ a b c Jon Saul and Wendy Moore (May 1990). Down the line to Upfield. Coburg Public Transport Group.
  3. ^ a b Andrew Waugh. "VR History by Andrew Waugh - Upfield Line" (PDF). VR History. Retrieved 24 February 2009.
  4. ^ "Upfield Line". Public Transport Victoria.
  5. ^ "505 Moonee Ponds - Melbourne University via Parkville Gardens". Public Transport Victoria.
  6. ^ "58 West Coburg - Toorak". Public Transport Victoria.

External linksEdit

Preceding station   Disused railways   Following station
Junction   Inner Circle line   North Carlton
  List of closed railway stations in Melbourne