Railways in Melbourne facts for kids
|Melbourne railway network|
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|Transit type||Commuter rail|
|Number of lines||16|
|Number of stations||220|
|Began operation||12 September 1854|
|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|
|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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