Richmond railway station, Melbourne

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Richmond station

Richmond station (station code: RMD) is a suburban railway station in Melbourne, Australia. It is located in the suburb of Richmond, and is built on an embankment immediately east of Punt Road with platforms extending west across the Punt Road railway bridge. It has ten platforms connected by three subways. It is the junction of all of Melbourne's eastern and southeastern rail lines with trains on the Frankston, Glen Waverley, Pakenham, Sandringham, Cranbourne, Belgrave, Lilydale and Alamein lines passing through the station.

Located 2.4km from Flinders Street Station, Melbourne's central railway station, Richmond station is located close to the Melbourne Cricket Ground and Melbourne Park, so is often busy during sporting and other special events.

Richmond station has been relocated and rebuilt four times. The first station in Punt Road was at ground level and opened on 8 February, 1859. It closed on 12 December the same year. On the same day, the new station, also at ground level, opened in Swan Street.

In 1885, an elevated station just north of Swan Street was opened with six platforms. For a period, both the old and new stations operated, before the original Swan Street station finally closed.

By the 1940s the station had deteriorated to the point that it was condemned by the local council. Despite this, it was not until 26 March, 1960, that the present elevated station opened slightly west of the existing one. The bridges at each end of the station across Punt Road and Swan Street were also rebuilt to accommodate the ten tracks. The old station was demolished.

Richmond station was the filming location for the opening scene of Romper Stomper, although in the film it was credited as Footscray station.

Frankston, Pakenham, Sandringham, Cranbourne lines
Flinders Street,
Parliament
(City Loop)
Richmond South Yarra
Belgrave, Glen Waverley, Alamein, Lilydale lines
Flinders Street,
Parliament
(City Loop)
Richmond East Richmond
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