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Williamstown railway line, Melbourne
Line details
Commenced 1857
Completed 1859
Tracks Double track, except for terminus
Used by Metro Trains Melbourne
Service pattern Shuttle to Newport offpeak, stopping all stations to the city in peak
Rolling stock Hitachi, Comeng, Siemens
Connections Werribee line
Former connections Williamstown Pier station
Railways in Melbourne
 List of stations
Freight railways
Closed railways
Proposed railways

The Williamstown railway line is a suburban railway in Melbourne, Australia. It has 10 stations, all in Metcard ticketing Zone 1.

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Operation

Services on the Williamstown line travel all the way to the inner city only during peak hours. Trains also do not always enter the underground portion of the City Loop, often travelling directly to Flinders Street and then changing directions and returning along the direct route. The line is operated as a shuttle service between Newport and Williamstown stations during off-peak periods.

Description

The Williamstown line runs across flat coastal land and therefore, has no significant earthworks. From the junction at Newport to the next station of North Williamstown, it runs beside the Newport Railway Workshops, and from there through mainly old residential areas. The line used to continue a short distance to Williamstown Pier, around which there is heavy industrial areas including shipbuilding.

Infrastructure

The line is double track throughout, except for Williamstown station, and provided with automatic block signalling. There are no intermediate terminating facilities. Stabling facilities are provided within the grounds of the Newport workshops.

History

Although it is now operated as a branch from the main Werribee/Geelong line at Newport, the line was originally built from the city, with the Geelong line being the branch. The line officially opened in January 1859, but the section between the vicinity of the Newport workshops and Williamstown Pier was in use by Geelong-line trains from October 1857 (see the history of the Werribee line for more information).

The line was electrified in August 1920, but little further change to the infrastructure took place until the section from Williamstown to Williamstown Pier closed in March 1987. Automatic Block signalling was provided in August 1997.

With the electrification of the Werribee line in 1983, many of the Williamstown Pier services became shuttle services from Newport instead of through services from Flinders Street.

Line guide

Williamstown Beach station
Current terminus of Williamstown, looking towards the end of the line

Bold stations are termini, where some train services terminate; italic stations are staffed.

Branches from the Werribee line at Newport.

Williamstown railway line
Legend
Interchange head Urban railway
0.0 km Flinders St (FSS) Zone 1
Interchange on track Urban railway
1.2 km Southern Cross (SSS) Zone 1
Transverse abbreviated in this map Unknown route-map component "ABZrd"
City Loop
Interchange on track
2.9 km North Melbourne (NME) Zone 1
Transverse abbreviated in this map Junction to right
Upfield line
Bridge over water
Moonee Ponds Creek
Unknown route-map component "AKRZ-UKu"
CityLink
Transverse abbreviated in this map Junction to right
Craigieburn line
Stop on track
4.7 km South Kensington (SKN) Zone 1
Small bridge over water
Maribyrnong River
Interchange on track Urban railway
6.1 km Footscray (FSY) Zone 1
Transverse abbreviated in this map Junction to right
Sydenham line
Stop on track
7.9 km Seddon (SEN) Zone 1
Stop on track
8.8 km Yarraville (YVE)* Zone 1
Bridge over water
Stony Creek
Unknown route-map component "AKRZu"
Westgate Freeway
Stop on track
10.5 km Spotswood (SPT) Zone 1
Transverse abbreviated in this map Junction from right
Newport – Sunshine freight line
Interchange on track
11.8 km Newport (NPT) Zone 1
Transverse abbreviated in this map Junction to right
Werribee line
Non-passenger terminus from left Junction to right
12.5 km Newport Workshops
Stop on track
13.5 km North Williamstown (NWN) Zone 1
Stop on track
14.4 km Williamstown Beach (WBH) Zone 1
Unknown route-map component "KBHFxe"
15.5 km Williamstown (WIL) Zone 1
Unknown route-map component "exKHSTe"
16.2 km Williamstown Pier (Demolished)

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