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Sydney terminal platforms
Platforms 4-5 at Central (Intercity) also known as Sydney Terminal
Details

Suburb

Haymarket

Number of Platforms

27 (25 in use)

Platform Arrangements

1 side, 12 island

Lines
     South Coast Line  

     Southern Highlands Line  

     Blue Mountains Line  

     Central Coast and Newcastle Line  

T1

T2

T3

T4

T7

NSW TrainLink Southern railway line

CountryLink Western Railway Line

CountryLink North-Western Railway Line

CountryLink North Coast Railway Line

Indian Pacific
V - E - T - D
T1
Redfern Railway Station
Central
Town Hall Railway Station
T1line
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T2
Redfern Railway Station or Green Square Railway Station
Central
Museum Railway Station or Town Hall Railway Station
T2line
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T3
Redfern Railway Station
Central
Museum Railway Station or Town Hall Railway Station
T3line
V - E - T - D
T4
Redfern Railway Station
Central
Town Hall Railway Station
T4line
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South Coast Line
Redfern Railway Station
Central
Town Hall Railway Station
SouthCoastline
V - E - T - D
Southern Highlands Line
Glenfield Railway Station
Central
Terminus
Southernhighlandsline
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Newcastle Line
Redfern Railway Station
Central
Terminus
Newcastleline
V - E - T - D
Blue Mountains Line
Redfern Railway Station
Central
Town Hall railway station
Bluemountainsline
V - E - T - D
CountryLink North Coast Railway Line
Strathfield Railway Station
Central railway station
Terminus
Countrylinkred
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CountryLink North-Western Railway Line
Strathfield Railway Station
Central railway station
Terminus
Countrylinkbrown
V - E - T - D
CountryLink Southern Railway Line
Strathfield Railway Station
Central railway station
Terminus
Countrylinkgreen
V - E - T - D
CountryLink Western Railway Line
Strathfield Railway Station
Central railway station
Terminus
Countrylinkyellow
V - E - T - D
Indian Pacific
Lithgow railway station
Central
Terminus
CityRaildarkblue
V - E - T - D

Central Railway Station (also known as Sydney Terminal) is located at the southern end of the Sydney CBD and is the largest railway station in Australia. It services almost all of the lines on the Sydney Trains network, and is the major terminus for interurban and interstate rail services; it houses the operations of The Rail Corporation New South Wales; it sits beside Railway Square and is officially located in Haymarket; and it is the station closest to the University of Technology Sydney at Broadway.

HistoryEdit

There have been three terminal stations in Sydney. The original Sydney Station was opened on 26 September 1855 in an area known as "Cleveland Fields." This station (one wooden platform in a corrugated iron shed), called Redfern, had Devonshire Street as its northern boundary.

When this station became inadequate for the traffic it carried, a new station was built in 1874 on the same site and also called Redfern. This was a brick building with two platforms. It grew to 14 platforms before it was replaced by the present-day station to the north of Devonshire Street. The new station was built on a site previously occupied by the Devonshire Street Cemetery, a convent, a female refuge, a police barracks, a parsonage and a Benevolent Society. The remains exhumed from the cemetery were re-interred at a number of other Sydney cemeteries including Rookwood Cemetery and Waverley Cemetery. Bodies were moved to Botany by steam tram motors and flat cars. The new 15-platform station, still in use, opened on 4 August 1906.[2], and included the previous Mortuary railway station used to transport funeral parties to Rookwood Cemetery. The last train departed platform 5 of the 1874 station at midnight. During the remainder of that night the passenger concourse was demolished and the line extended through the old station into the new station. The Western Mail train that arrived in Sydney at 5:50am on 5 August 1906 arrived at the new station. Devonshire Street, which separated the two stations, became a pedestrian underpass to allow people to cross the railway line and is now known by many as the Devonshire Street Tunnel. A 75-metre clock tower in the Free Classical style was added at the north-western corner of the station, opened in 3 March 1921. Central Station was designed by the Government Architect, Walter Liberty Vernon, and has been described as the "grandest railway station in Australia." It is listed on the Register of the National Estate. A riot, dubbed the Battle of Central Station, took place in 1916. Soldiers rebelling against camp conditions had raided hotels in Liverpool and travelled to the city by commandeered trains. Upon arrival at Central Station the rioters set about destroying the station facilities, and fire was exchanged between rampaging rioters and military police. One rioter was shot dead and several were injured. The only remaining evidence of the gun battle is a small bullet-hole in the marble by the entrance to platform 1.[5] This incident had a direct influence on the introduction of 6 o'clock closing of hotels in 1916, which lasted in New South Wales until 1955. Since it was built, Central Station has expanded in an easterly direction to accommodate the suburban electric trains. The main building is used for intercity, country and interstate services. Central Station celebrated its 100th birthday on 5 August 2006, with preserved steam locomotives providing shuttle trips from Sydney to Hurstville and Railmotor rides from Mortuary Station to Flemington goods yards.

ConfigurationEdit

In the days of steam, the station was regarded as being divided into "steam" and "electric" parts. The western ("steam") half, known as Sydney Terminal, comprises 15 terminal platforms and was opened in 1906. This section is dominated by a large vaulted roof over the concourse and elaborate masonry, primarily sandstone, the most common rock in the Sydney region. This section is popularly known as the country platforms, even though only three platforms are commonly used for long-distance trains: most of the platforms are used for NSW TrainLink intercity services. To the west of Platform 1 there was a siding leading to two dock platforms for use of mail trains, now cut back to serve a car loading ramp for the Indian Pacific. The space where the mail sidings were is now a youth hostel. The hostel rooms are modelled on old train carriages. The eastern ("suburban" or "electric") part of Central Station, formerly known as 'Central Electric', consists of 12 through platforms, all aligned north-south, four of which are underground, used by Sydney Trains services and by a limited number of intercity services during peak hours. The eight above-ground platforms were opened in 1926 as part of a large electrification and modernisation program aimed at improving Sydney's suburban railway services. The four underground platforms were built as part of the Eastern Suburbs Railway. Construction commenced in 1948 but the Eastern Suburbs line was not finished until 1979. While the plans called for four platforms, two (for the Southern Suburbs line) were found to be not needed and are used for archival storage by the New South Wales Railways.

Central Station serves all suburban lines except for the T5 Cumberland line, and the regional hunter line. All long-distance rural and interstate passenger trains operated by the State-owned NSW TrainLink and the famous Indian Pacific, the twice-weekly train between Sydney and Perth, Western Australia, terminate at Central.

The platforms are numbered from 1 to 27, with 1 being the westernmost platform and 27 being one of the easternmost. The services which generally use each platform are listed below.

The station is served by twenty-seven to thirty-eight trains per hour in each direction, with additional trains during weekday peak hours.

PlatformsEdit

Platform Line Stopping Pattern Notes
CR Plat 1

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CR Plat 3
NSW TrainLink North Coast Country services to Grafton, Casino and Brisbane Terminal platforms
Also occasional heritage and train enthusiasts' special trains
TrainLink North Western Country services to Armidale and Moree
NSW TrainLink Southern Country services to Canberra, Melbourne and Griffith
NSW TrainLink Western Country services to Dubbo and Broken Hill
Great Southern Railway Indian Pacific service to Perth
CR Plat 4

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CR Plat 15
Central Coast & Newcastle Line Intercity services to Gosford, Wyong and Newcastle via Strathfield Dead-end terminal platforms
Blue Mountains Line Intercity services to Springwood, Katoomba, Mount Victoria and Lithgow via Parramatta
South Coast Line Intercity services to Thirroul, Wollongong, Port Kembla, Dapto and Kiama via Wolli Creek
Southern Highlands Line Peak hour intercity services to Moss Vale & Goulburn via East Hills or Granville
T7
Olympic Park Line
Weekday off-peak and special event limited stops services to Olympic Park
T6
Carlingford Line
One weekday service terminating Platform 10.
CR Plat 16
T1 Northern line Suburban services to North Sydney via the City, then on to Hornsby via Macquarie Park and Epping Continuation of services from the Western and Northern lines
T1 North Shore line Suburban services to North Sydney, Lindfield, Gordon, Hornsby and Berowra via Chatswood
Some peak hour intercity services to Gosford and Wyong via the T1
CR Plat 17
City Circle Suburban services to the City Circle via Town Hall Continuation of services from T2 South & Inner West and T3 Bankstown lines
CR Plat 18
T1 Northern line Suburban services to Epping via Strathfield; peak hour services to Hornsby via Strathfield Some pm peak hour services to      Blue Mountains Line  
T1 Western line Suburban services to Blacktown, Quakers Hill, Schofields, Riverstone, Richmond, St Marys, Penrith and Emu Plains via Parramatta
CR Plat 19
T2 Inner West line Suburban services to Ashfield (peak, limited stops) and Homebush
T2 South line Suburban services to Leppington and Campbelltown via Granville
CR Plat 20

CR Plat 21
City Circle Suburban services to the City Circle via Museum Continuation of services from T3 Bankstown and T2 Airport & East Hills lines
CR Plat 22
T3 Bankstown line Suburban services to Bankstown, Lidcombe and Liverpool via Sydenham
T2 Airport and East Hills line Suburban peak hour express services to Campbelltown and Macarthur via Sydenham and East Hills
CR Plat 23
T2 Airport and East Hills line Suburban services to Kingsgrove, Revesby, Glenfield, Campbelltown and Macarthur via the Airport
CR Plat 24
T4 Eastern Suburbs line Suburban services to Bondi Junction Some peak hour, evening and weekend      South Coast Line   intercity services to Bondi Junction
CR Plat 25
T4 Illawarra line Suburban services to Hurstville, Mortdale, Sutherland, Cronulla, and Waterfall via Hurstville Some peak hour, evening and weekend      South Coast Line   intercity services to Wollongong, Port Kembla and Kiama
CR Plat 26

CR Plat 27
Never completed Used only for archival document storage
Never completed

MapEdit

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T1
T1line

Northshorediagram

Northerndiagram

Westerndiagram

T2
T2line

AirportEastHillsdiagram

InnerwestandSouthdiagram

T3
T3line

Bankstowndiagram

T4
T4line

ESILdiagram

T7
T7line

Olympicparkline

CountryLink North Coast Line
Countrylinkred

Northcoastmap

CountryLink North Western Line
Countrylinkbrown

Northwesternmap

CountryLink Southern Line
Countrylinkgreen

CLSouthernmap

CountryLink Western Line
Countrylinkyellow

CLWesternmap

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