Newcastle Railway Station is the main railway station in Newcastle, New South Wales. Prior to the Government's closure of the station in December 2014, regular services to Central on the Newcastle and Central Coast Railway Line and to Scone and Dungog on the Hunter Railway Line were operated.
Newcastle railway station is three hours' travel from Sydney's Central Station but travel times can be shorter depending on the stopping pattern of the service. It was a terminating and departing station and situated at the end of the Newcastle branch line.
The station is situated on the corner of Scott and Watt Streets with access on street level, without stairs. It is in walking distance of Nobbys Beach and to Newcastle Harbour. The railway station has a Kiosk on platform one open daily. Newcastle railway station is considered heritage and still has its original station buildings.
A taxi rank is next to the station and a long distance bus station is situated at the back of the Railway station near the harbour foreshore.
Newcastle station was originally located at the site of the Honeysuckle Point Terminus. Early on in the making of the Honeysuckle Point Terminus, Newcastle residents called for an extension to the centre of town and in 1857 the parliamentary select committee recommended, that a single line for goods and passenger traffic be laid from Honeysuckle Point to the wharf at Watt Street. In November 1857 a contract for £6347, was awarded to William Wright for the 67 chains (1.3 km; 0.84 mi) extension. The station was located on a spur line which serviced Circular Wharf and was opened on Saturday 20 March 1858. A large goods yard fanned east from the station, constructed in 1858. No trace now remains of this yard. In 1880, an additional two platforms were constructed to cater for traffic growth.
In December of 2014, the NSW Government made the controversial decision to truncate the line at Wickham, whereby a light rail service would serve the CBD. Thus, as of current, Newcastle station is closed to rail traffic