The Albion-Jacana line is a railway line in the western suburbs of Melbourne, Australia. Linking Albion station on the Sydenham line to Broadmeadows station on the Craigieburn line, it is a primarily freight only line with no overhead wires, passenger stations or platforms.
The line was opened on July 1, 1929 to allow freight trains to avoid the steeper grades and busy suburban traffic on the Broadmeadows line
via Essendon. Initially consisting of 2 broad gauge tracks, in 1962 the track on the eastern side was converted to standard gauge as part of the Melbourne to Sydney gauge standardisation project
The corridor is the present preferred option for an airport rail link to Melbourne Airport. As of 2008 the link is still on the Government agenda.
Built as a double track
railway, two major steel viaducts were required to cross the Maribyrnong River
and Moonee Ponds Creek
valleys. The Maribyrnong River Viaduct
is 179 feet (54.6 m) above the riverbed at its highest point and is the tallest bridge in Victoria.
Today the track on the eastern side is standard gauge and part of the North East standard gauge line with two crossing loops. The parallel broad gauge also has two crossing loops, each located before rejoining the main lines, and has a 20 km/h speed limit due to the poor track condition.
The only passenger services using the line are the daily CountryLink XPT on the standard gauge line, and occasional broad gauge V/Line services during disruptions of the main line though Essendon.
Standard gauge in blue, broad gauge in red. Distances on the line are measured via Albion.