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Surrey Hills railway station, Melbourne

Surrey Hills is a railway station on the Lilydale and Belgrave lines in Melbourne, Australia. It is located in Metcard ticketing Zones 1 and 2 and was upgraded to Premium Station status in June 2001. Surrey Hills is the site of the first level crossing encountered on the eastbound leg of the Belgrave and Lilydale lines.

Surrey Hills consists of 3 platforms, the main station building located on the island platform with two faces, and platform 3 by itself on the other side of the tracks. In peak periods, many trains to and from Belgrave and Lilydale do not stop at this station. Access to the platforms is gained by an underpass.

History

The railway line to Lilydale was opened in December 1882. Two trains ran to Lilydale each day and five only to Box Hill. Engineers were initially unwilling to allow trains to stop at Surrey Hills platform claiming potential difficulties with the gradient, and also that there was not enough traffic to warrant the stop.

In April 1883 a deputation asked for Surrey Hills to be a flag station so that passengers wishing to detrain could inform the guard of this at the previous station, while those wishing to join the train could show a red flag or a red lamp at night. By August 1883 trains would stop on request. On September 1, 1883 Surrey Hills station was brought into regular service. Surrey Hills station first appeared in the Victorian Railways Working Timetable on October 15, 1883.

The double line came into use on December 9, 1888 when a second platform was provided on the north side of the line. By the 1930s a small goods yard was provided to the south of the station, in what is now carpark. The connection to the mainline was at the Box Hill end of the station. The signal box and goods yard was removed in 1966 to allow track amplification works to be carried out. The present station building was provided, and the then citybound platform converted to an island platform. Services on the third track from East Camberwell extended though the station to Box Hill in 1971.

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