Former names for Melbourne Rail Stations

 
  stooge spark Chief Train Controller

Location: My House
Hi everyone,

I started doing some research out of boredom. It was to find out where the name of every station in Melbourne comes from. This includes finding out where the names of certain suburbs come from. I know it's been done before but I thought it would be fun to do this.

As part of this, I've been trying to find out all the former names of every railway currently apart of the Melbourne network. I have a huge list of stations that have had their names changed, and I'm just wondering if I've forgotten any former names for certain stations. I also have some former names of certain closed stations that were apart of the Melbourne network.

The list:
City Loop
Flinders Street - Melbourne Terminus
Southern Cross - Batman Hill, then Spencer Street
Melbourne Central - Museum
---
Williamstown Line
Yarraville - South Footscray
Spotswood - Edom, then Bayswater, then Spottiswoode
Newport - Geelong Junction, then Williamstown Junction
Williamstown Beach - Beach
---
Werribee Line
Mobiltown - Standard Oil Platform
Altona - Altona Beach
Aircraft - Aviation Siding, then Aircraft Siding
---
Sunbury Line
West Footscray - Footscray West
White City - Coursing Platform (debateable)
Sunshine - Braybrook Junction
Albion - Albion and Darlington (debateable)
Ginifer - Furlong (during construction)
Sydenham - Keilor Road or Keilor's Road
---
Craigieburn Line
Strathmore - North Essendon
---
Upfield Line
Macaulay - Macaulay Road
Jewell - South Brunswick
Anstey - North Brunswick
Batman - Bell Park
Merlynston - North Coburg
Fawkner - Fawkner Cemetery
Gowrie - RMSP 21
Upfield - North Campbellfield
---
Clifton Hill Line
Collingwood - Collingwood Town Hall
Victoria Park - Collingwood
---
Mernda Line
Merri - Northcote?
Northcote - Middle Northcote
Bell - Preston - Bell Street
Preston - Preston - Murray Road, then Murray
Regent - Preston - Regent Street
Reservoir - Preston - Reservoir
Keon Park - Keonpark
Lalor - RMSP 77
Middle Gorge - Marymede (during construction)
---
Hurstbridge Line
Westgarth - Westgarth Street, then Northcote South
Fairfield - Fairfield Park
Watsonia - Collina (during construction)
Wattle Glen - Balee
Hurstbridge - Hurst's Bridge, may have also been known as Allwood?
---
Ringwood Line
Richmond - Swan Street
East Richmond - Church Street
Burnley - Burnley Street
Glenferrie - Glenferrie Road
Auburn - Auburn Road
Mont Albert - Mount Albert?
Nunawading - Tunstall
---
Lilydale Line
Croydon - Warrandyte, may have also been known as South Warrandyte?
---
Belgrave Line
Bayswater - Macauley (during construction)
Ferntree Gully - Cemetery (during construction), Scoresby (during construction), then Lower Ferntree Gully, then Fern Tree Gully
Belgrave - Monbulk
---
Alamein Line
Willison - Golf Links
Hartwell - Hartwell Hill
Burwood - Hartwell
Ashburton - Norwood
---
Glen Waverley Line
Kooyong - North Malvern?
East Malvern - Eastmalvern
---
Dandenong Line
South Yarra - Gardiner's Creek Road
Carnegie - Rosstown
Huntingdale - East Oakleigh
Clayton - Clayton's Road
Springvale - Spring Vale
Sandown Park - Oakleigh Racecourse
---
Pakenham and Cranbourne Branches
Hallam - Hallam's Road
Officer - Officer's Siding
---
Frankston and Stony Point Line
Glenhuntly - Glen Huntly Road, then Glen Huntly
Ormond - North Road
McKinnon - McKinnon Road
Bentleigh - East Brighton
Moorabbin - South Brighton
Highett - Highett Road
Mentone - Balcombe Road, then Balcombe
Aspendale - Aspendale Park Race-Course
Leawarra - RMSP 16
Baxter - Mornington Junction
Morradoo - RMSP 15
---
Sandringham Line
Prahran - Greville Street, then Commercial Road
Windsor - Chapel Street
North Brighton - Bay Street, then Brighton
Middle Brighton - Church Street
Brighton Beach - Beach
Hampton - Retreat

That's all I've got, any I've missed?

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  route14 Chief Commissioner

There was a news article focusing on the reopening of the Mernda line, which mentioned that Hawkestowe used to be RMSP 9 when it was the Whittlesea line.  It's location must have changed in the 3 dimensional view (now grade separated).
    Rosstown station was on the Rosstown line between Elsternwick and Oakleigh.  In simple words, Ross was an ambitious entrepreneur who invested a sugar mill where his proposed Rosstown railway station was.  He got a bank loan to build the railway to transport supplies and products of his factory.  The possibility of providing the line for access of government trains to Gippsland for a fee was also looked at but the access fee was deemed too exorbitant by the government.  Then his financial crisis resulted in the railway very coarsely lain and unusable.  The line was later sold to the government who made patch-up works.  With the completion of the route via Caulfield the line was abandoned and later dismentled.  Perhaps only one train travelled on the line.
    Although it wasn't a successful business case, to me it was amazing that such ambition materialized for so far.  Something that's not possible in China.
  stooge spark Chief Train Controller

Location: My House
There was a news article focusing on the reopening of the Mernda line, which mentioned that Hawkestowe used to be RMSP 9 when it was the Whittlesea line.  It's location must have changed in the 3 dimensional view (now grade separated).
    Rosstown station was on the Rosstown line between Elsternwick and Oakleigh.  In simple words, Ross was an ambitious entrepreneur who invested a sugar mill where his proposed Rosstown railway station was.  He got a bank loan to build the railway to transport supplies and products of his factory.  The possibility of providing the line for access of government trains to Gippsland for a fee was also looked at but the access fee was deemed too exorbitant by the government.  Then his financial crisis resulted in the railway very coarsely lain and unusable.  The line was later sold to the government who made patch-up works.  With the completion of the route via Caulfield the line was abandoned and later dismentled.  Perhaps only one train travelled on the line.
    Although it wasn't a successful business case, to me it was amazing that such ambition materialized for so far.  Something that's not possible in China.
route14
Forgot about RMSP 9, although I'm not sure if I should add that to the list.

Rosstown Station was the old name of Carnegie Station. In fact, Rosstown was the original name of Carnegie, and the reason it was changed was because of Ross's negative reputation.

There was no Rosstown station on the Rosstown line, although there seems to have been a proposed connection to Carnegie. http://https://carnegielife.wordpress.com/2014/11/16/the-railway-line-that-never-was/
  route14 Chief Commissioner

OK, I must have mistakened the "Sugar Works" station as the "Rosstown" station.  I was after some documents on the Rosstown line so I didn't check the background of the location Carnegie.  Here's the map on Wikimili:
https://wikimili.com/en/Rosstown_Railway#Rosstown-railway-melbourne.png
  kitchgp Chief Commissioner

Perhaps work Princes (Prince's) Bridge in there somehow, since Platform 14, formerly 1 East, is still there.
  Zen Dave Junior Train Controller

Location: Canberra - Q2
Mernda: South Yan Yean before Dec 1913

East Malvern: Karnack Road (during construction) then Eastmalvern

Jordanville: Kabbareng (for 8 days only) [source: vicsig.net]

Ashburton: Norwood to 12 Dec 1890 [source: vicsig.net]

Mitcham: Emery Hill (during construction)

Highett: Highert Road until 14 Dec 1885 [source: wikipedia]

Seaford: McCulloch and Lowes Siding until May 1912, then Kelvin Siding until Dec 1913 [source: vicsig.net]

Flemington Bridge: Flemington until 3 Dec 1885 [source: vicsig.net]

West Footscray: Munro's Private Siding until Oct 1888, then Footscray West until Sep 1912 [source http://www.vrhistory.com
  Tii Station Staff

Hi everyone,

I started doing some research out of boredom. It was to find out where the name of every station in Melbourne comes from. This includes finding out where the names of certain suburbs come from. I know it's been done before but I thought it would be fun to do this.

As part of this, I've been trying to find out all the former names of every railway currently apart of the Melbourne network. I have a huge list of stations that have had their names changed, and I'm just wondering if I've forgotten any former names for certain stations. I also have some former names of certain closed stations that were apart of the Melbourne network.

The list:
City Loop
Flinders Street - Melbourne Terminus
Southern Cross - Batman Hill, then Spencer Street
Melbourne Central - Museum
---
Williamstown Line
Yarraville - South Footscray
Spotswood - Edom, then Bayswater, then Spottiswoode
Newport - Geelong Junction, then Williamstown Junction
Williamstown Beach - Beach
---
Werribee Line
Mobiltown - Standard Oil Platform
Altona - Altona Beach
Aircraft - Aviation Siding, then Aircraft Siding
---
Sunbury Line
West Footscray - Footscray West
White City - Coursing Platform (debateable)
Sunshine - Braybrook Junction
Albion - Albion and Darlington (debateable)
Ginifer - Furlong (during construction)
Sydenham - Keilor Road or Keilor's Road
---
Craigieburn Line
Starthmore - North Essendon
---
Upfield Line
Macaulay - Macaulay Road
Jewell - South Brunswick
Anstey - North Brunswick
Batman - Bell Park
Merlynston - North Coburg
Fawkner - Fawkner Cemetery
Gowrie - RMSP 21
Upfield - North Campbellfield
---
Clifton Hill Line
Collingwood - Collingwood Town Hall
Victoria Park - Collingwood
---
Mernda Line
Merri - Northcote?
Northcote - Middle Northcote
Bell - Preston - Bell Street
Preston - Preston - Murray Road, then Murray
Regent - Preston - Regent Street
Reservoir - Preston - Reservoir
Keon Park - Keonpark
Lalor - RMSP 77
Middle Gorge - Marymede (during construction)
---
Hurstbridge Line
Westgarth - Westgarth Street, then Northcote South
Fairfield - Fairfield Park
Watsonia - Collina (during construction)
Wattle Glen - Balee
Hurstbridge - Hurst's Bridge, may have also been known as Allwood?
---
Ringwood Line
Richmond - Swan Street
East Richmond - Church Street
Burnley - Burnley Street
Glenferrie - Glenferrie Road
Auburn - Auburn Road
Mont Albert - Mount Albert?
Nunawading - Tunstall
---
Lilydale Line
Croydon - Warrandyte, may have also been known as South Warrandyte?
---
Belgrave Line
Bayswater - Macauley (during construction)
Ferntree Gully - Cemetery (during construction), Scoresby (during construction), then Lower Ferntree Gully, then Fern Tree Gully
Belgrave - Monbulk
---
Alamein Line
Willison - Golf Links
Hartwell - Hartwell Hill
Burwood - Hartwell
---
Glen Waverley Line
Kooyong - North Malvern?
---
Dandenong Line
South Yarra - Gardiner's Creek Road
Carnegie - Rosstown
Huntingdale - East Oakleigh
Clayton - Clayton's Road
Springvale - Spring Vale
Sandown Park - Oakleigh Racecourse
---
Pakenham and Cranbourne Branches
Hallam - Hallam's Road
Officer - Officer's Siding
---
Frankston and Stony Point Line
Glenhuntly - Glen Huntly Road, then Glen Huntly
Ormond - North Road
Mckinnon - Mckinnon Road
Bentleigh - East Brighton
Moorabbin - South Brighton
Mentone - Balacombe Road, then Balacombe
Aspendale - Aspendale Park Race-Course
Leawarra - RMSP 16
Baxter - Mornington Junction
Morradoo - RMSP 15
---
Sandringham Line
Prahran - Greville Street, then Commercial Road
Windsor - Chapel Street
North Brighton - Bay Street, then Brighton
Middle Brighton - Church Street
Brighton Beach - Beach
Hampton - Retreat

That's all I've got, any I've missed?
stooge spark
I can only think of some out west that I remember. Paisley and Galvin in Altona. Not sure where those names came from.
  railblogger Chief Commissioner

Location: At the back of the train, quitely doing exactly what you'd expect.
Watergardens was going to keep the Sydenham name but naming rights were sold to the shopping centre.
  kitchgp Chief Commissioner

Typos:
Strathmore
Balcombe
McKinnon
  kitchgp Chief Commissioner

Future:

Metro Tunnel Line
Anzac - Domain
Town Hall - CBD South
State Library - CBD North
Arden - Arden, then North Melbourne (fortunately common sense prevailed).


Past:

perhaps look at closed or converted lines (probably incorrect or incomplete), eg

Port Melbourne Line
Graham - Graham Street
Port Melbourne - Sandridge
Station Pier - Bay Excursion Platform????
--
St Kilda Line
South Melbourne - Emerald Hill
Albert Park - Butts
--
Inner Circle Line
North Carlton - Langridge-street, then Lang Street
North Fitzroy - Nicholson Street
--
Outer Circle Line (excluding Alamein Line)
Roystead - Stanley
Waverley Road - Waverley
--
Kew Line
Nil
  Gauntlet Chief Commissioner

Location:
There was another thread about this in 2014 located here - https://www.railpage.com.au/f-t11401649.htmIt has Blackburn and a few regional stations.
  The Vinelander Minister for Railways

Location: Ballan, Victoria on the Ballarat RFR Line
Watergardens was going to keep the Sydenham name but naming rights were sold to the shopping centre.
railblogger

Similar to Museum now Melbourne Central of course.

M.
  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Norda Fittazroy
Watergardens was going to keep the Sydenham name but naming rights were sold to the shopping centre.
railblogger
I sincerely hope that somebody is pulling my leg.
If it is for real, how in the name of Mazeppa can it have happened? Sydenham is a suburb with its own postcode (3037). Does this "naming rights" stupidity mean that any resident who gives his address as Sydenham is in breach of some damnfool agreement? Who had any legal entitlement to "sell" the naming rights?
  Adogs Chief Train Controller

Watergardens was going to keep the Sydenham name but naming rights were sold to the shopping centre.
I sincerely hope that somebody is pulling my leg.
If it is for real, how in the name of Mazeppa can it have happened? Sydenham is a suburb with its own postcode (3037). Does this "naming rights" stupidity mean that any resident who gives his address as Sydenham is in breach of some damnfool agreement? Who had any legal entitlement to "sell" the naming rights?
Valvegear

No, you've confused the issue.  Watergardens shopping centre paid money for the station to be called "Watergardens".  Think of it like Optus paying for Princes Park to be known as Optus Oval.  They didn't buy rights to the name Sydenham or anything.
  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Norda Fittazroy
No, you've confused the issue.  Watergardens shopping centre paid money for the station to be called "Watergardens".  Think of it like Optus paying for Princes Park to be known as Optus Oval.  They didn't buy rights to the name Sydenham or anything.
"adogs"
Thanks for clearing that up.
  kitchgp Chief Commissioner

There was another thread about this in 2014 located here - https://www.railpage.com.au/f-t11401649.htmIt has Blackburn and a few regional stations.
Gauntlet

Circular!
  stooge spark Chief Train Controller

Location: My House
I don't exactly know where the name origins of Paisley and Galvin are from, although the former seems to be the name of a Scottish town.

I counted Princes Bridge and Flinders Street as separate stations, same for Watergardens and Sydenham.

Not sure if I would count the old names for Seaford and West Footscray seeing as the stations were not considered to be open at that time.

Thanks for all the info by the way guys, it's very useful.
  Obzerva Station Master

Location: #6 / Glen Waverley line
Out of interest, re the selling the naming rights issue, is that why the 75 tram is still labelled Etihad Stadium rather than Marvel?
  CraigieburnLineUser Locomotive Fireman

Roxburgh Park was Somerton before the Craigieburn Electrification
  kitchgp Chief Commissioner

Jolimont-MCG: Jolimont?
  stooge spark Chief Train Controller

Location: My House
I can only think of some out west that I remember. Paisley and Galvin in Altona. Not sure where those names came from.
Tii
I'm not sure about Paisley, but Glavin is named after Michael Galvin, who was a President for Werribee Shire Council.

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