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Melbourne railway network
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Owner VicTrack
Locale Melbourne, Victoria
Transit type Commuter rail
Number of lines 16
Number of stations 220
Began operation 12 September 1854; 167 years ago (1854-09-12)
Operator(s) Metro Trains Melbourne
Number of vehicles 224 six-car sets (October 2018)
System length 405 km (252 mi)
Track gauge 1,600 mm (5 ft 3 in) Victorian broad gauge
Old gauge Various
Electrification 1500 V DC overhead (excluding Stony Point, which is not electrified)

Melbourne has a long history of railway building. The city's first railway opened in 1854, when in 1834 the city itself did not exist. The network then grew as lines were built throughout the suburbs, reaching a peak by the 1900s. Electrification of the system was carried out from 1919, with electric multiple unit operation starting at the same time.

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