Forecourt of the Geelong railway station, 26 February 2008. Photo: Marcus Wong, Wikimedia Commons.
Newport–Lara 1857; Lara–Geelong 1856; Geelong–Winchelsea 1876
Ardeer, Deer Park, Tarneit, Wyndham Vale, Little River, Lara, Corio, North Shore, North Geelong, Geelong, South Geelong, Marshall, Waurn Ponds
Typical Journey Time:
59 minutes (Southern Cross–Geelong); 76 minutes (Southern Cross–Waurn Ponds)
Typical Peak Frequency:
15 minutes (South Geelong); 30 minutes (Waurn Ponds)
Typical Off-peak Frequency:
20 minutes (South Geelong); 40 minutes (Waurn Ponds)
Typical Weekend Frequency:
40 minutes (Geelong, Waurn Ponds)
Geelong is south-west of Melbourne and is located on the shore of Corio Bay, which adjoins Port Phillip Bay. The Geelong line is double track as far as Geelong, and then single track. Funding has been allocated for duplication of the line between Geelong and Waurn Ponds. Services to and from Geelong line previously ran along the Werribee line, but since 2015 have operated via Sunshine and Wyndham Vale, re-joining the original Geelong line at Manor Junction. Between Manor Junction and North Geelong the Melbourne to Adelaide standard gauge line is adjacent to the Geelong line. The Geelong line is serviced by Sprinter and VLocity DMU railcars, with some locomotive-hauled services also operating. Most services alternate between trains terminating at South Geelong and trains terminating at Waurn Ponds. Some additional peak hour trains terminate at Wyndham Vale, Geelong or Marshall. On weekends all services terminate at Waurn Ponds. Services to and from Warrnambool also share the Geelong line.