Carlton & Fitzroy North Train Station
A few months ago, Zara posted an item about a fake Connex map circulating via email. It had a lot of new stations including a direct line to Tullamarine Airport. But one thing I found interesting was the Carlton and Fitzroy North Stations. I dismissed it as it would be difficult building tracks through a densely populated area but low and behold the other day I find out that there was a Carlton and Fitzroy North station.
Known as the Inner Circle, the railway line ran from Royal Park Station (still active) to Carlton North Station, Fitzroy North and onto Fitzroy station at the site of Edinburgh gardens. I have often bicycled through what is now called the Inner Circle Rail Trail and never gave much thought for why there was overhead rail equipment on a trail.
Most of these stations were closed to passengers in 1948 but freight still continued to be transported until 1981. So where are they now?
- Carlton North station has been converted into a community centre.
- Fitzroy North station is not much more than remains.
- Fitzroy station in Edinburgh Gardens remains a development site, which if my memory serves me right is hoping to become either a community centre or a library.
The Inner Circle met its death mostly because of competition from trams. Twenty-five years later, it would be nice to have a direct train route connecting Carlton and Fitzroy North. With the influx of students in the last 2 decades, a train station would be highly beneficial but that will mean a further loss of green space.
Pictures of the Inner Circle Railway Line
Carlton Nth Station Carlton North Station – 1967
Courtesy of Richard Felstead’s Railway Page
Inner Circle Rail Trail (railtrails)