Cranbourne railway station

Cranbourne railway station is a railway station and the current terminus of the South Gippsland line, in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. It serves the south-eastern Melbourne suburb of Cranbourne, opening on 1 October 1888.[2] It is the terminus of Cranbourne line services from the city.


Cranbourne station opened on 1 October 1988, as a station on the South Gippsland line, that until 24 July 1993, was serviced by V/Line services to Leongatha.[3]

Between March 1920 and June 1956, trains regularly ran from a series of sidings about a mile south of the station, dispatching between ten and thirty trucks per week loaded with locally mined construction-quality sand.[4].

However, the Victorian government still has plans to reintroduce rail services to Leongatha in the future, as well as extending the electrified line 3.5 kilometres to Cranbourne East and possibly Clyde. The last regular train ran beyond Cranbourne on 15 January 1998, when the Koala Siding (near Nyora) to Spotswood station sand train ceased operation.[5]

A water tank located within the former train yard was removed in early 1973.[6]

In November 1993, Train Order Working replaced Electric Staff safeworking to Cranbourne, then on 24 March 1995, the electrification and power signalling on the line was commissioned from Dandenong.[7][8]

In April 2008, work started on the construction of six train stabling sidings at Cranbourne, to enable more trains to run on the line at peak times without duplicating the line. The works were completed in November 2008.[2][9] As part of these works the station & bus interchange received an upgrade.[10]

As part of the Liberal-National Coalition’s 2018 Victorian state election campaign, a pledge was made to extend the Cranbourne line to the suburb of Clyde.[11]

Facilities, platforms & services

Cranbourne has one island platform with two faces. The platform features a customer service window, two enclosed waiting rooms and toilets. It is serviced by Metro TrainsCranbourne line services.[12]

Platform 1:

Platform 2:

Transport links

Cranbourne Transit operates eight routes via Cranbourne station:

Ventura Bus Lines operates two routes via Cranbourne station:


  1. ^ a b c d e f “Train Station Patronage FY2008-2014” (XLS). Public Transport Victoria. 14 May 2015. Archived from the original on 30 March 2016. Retrieved 1 November 2016. (access from [1])
  2. ^ a b Cranbourne Vicsig
  3. ^ Chris Banger (March 1997). “Rail Passenger Service Withdrawals Since 1960”. Newsrail. Australian Railway Historical Society. pp. 77–82.
  4. ^ Mark Cauchi (February 2019). “Rails Through the Dunes – The Cranbourne Sand Sidings, Part Two”. Newsrail. Australian Railway Historical Society. pp. 38–51.
  5. ^ “Farewell – The Sand Train”. Newsrail. Australian Railway Historical Society. February 1998. pp. 71–76.
  6. ^ “Way and Works”. Newsrail. Australian Railway Historical Society. March 1973. p. 54.
  7. ^ “Cranbourne Electrification Opened” Railway Digest May 1995 page 16
  8. ^ Fiddian, Mark (1997). Trains, Tracks, Travellers. A history of the Victorian Railways. South Eastern Independent Newspapers. p. 154. ISBN 1-875475-12-5.
  9. ^ “Media Release: Cranbourne Station Train Stabling Project on Track”. Minister for Public Transport Media Release. Archived from the original on 22 July 2008. Retrieved 24 April 2008.
  10. ^ $37m train transformation Cranbourne News. Retrieved 2014-09-23
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  12. ^ “Cranbourne Line”. Public Transport Victoria.
  13. ^ “791 Frankston Station – Cranbourne Station”. Public Transport Victoria.
  14. ^ “792 Cranbourne Station – Pearcedale”. Public Transport Victoria.
  15. ^ “795 Warneet – Cranbourne”. Public Transport Victoria.
  16. ^ “796 Cranbourne Station – Clyde”. Public Transport Victoria.
  17. ^ “798 Cranbourne Park SC – Selandra Rise”. Public Transport Victoria.
  18. ^ “893 Cranbourne Park SC – Dandenong Station”. Public Transport Victoria.
  19. ^ “897 Clyde – Lynbrook Station”. Public Transport Victoria.
  20. ^ “898 Cranbourne East – Cranbourne Station via Cranbourne Park SC”. Public Transport Victoria.
  21. ^ “841 Narre Warren North – Cranbourne via Narre Warren & Cranbourne North”. Public Transport Victoria.
  22. ^ “978 Night bus: Elsternwick – Ormond – Huntingdale – Mulgrave – Dandenong (returns via Princes Hwy)”. Public Transport Victoria.

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