The North Shore, Northern and Western railway line is the new collective name for the North shore line, Northern line and the Western line. It is also given the code T1 on maps and stations. It is owned and operated by Sydney Trains.

North Shore LineEdit

The North Shore Line is a part of the metropolitan rail network in Sydney, Australia, operated by Sydney Trains. The North Shore Line extends from Sydney Central station through the western limb of the City Circle, across the Sydney Harbour Bridge and along the North Shore area to Hornsby where it joins the Northern Line.


The North Shore Line was opened on 1 January 1890 as a single track between Hornsby and St Leonards. The line was extended to the Sydney Harbour foreshore at Milsons Point on 1 May 1893. Transport between this original Milsons Point station and central Sydney was by ferry boat. Most of the North Shore line was duplicated between 1900 and 1909. In 1927 the line was converted to electric operation using a 1500 volt DC, overhead supply. The construction works for the Sydney Harbour Bridge necessitated truncation of the southern terminus from Milsons Point to Lavender Bay. When the Sydney Harbour Bridge was opened in 19 March 1932 a new Milsons Point station (on the bridge approach) came into operation and the North Shore Line was extended through it and over the Sydney Harbour Bridge to link with the underground lines of central Sydney. The result is that the two ends of the North Shore Line link to the Sydney railway system at Central and Hornsby. After 1932 the original Lavender Bay station became a storage depot for electric trains, and the line connecting Lavender Bay to the North Shore line was reduced to single track. This line joins the current passenger-carrying North Shore line at Waverton station. The North Shore Line is now a major commuter artery between the North Shore and central Sydney. In early years, Old Milsons Point, Bay Road, St Leonards, Chatswood, Lindfield, Gordon, Pymble, Turramurra, Wahroonga and Hornsby stations had goods yards. All but St Leonards, Chatswood and Hornsby yards had disappeared by mid-twentieth century, and the latter three did not survive into the late twentieth century. The NSW Government Urban Transport Statement identifies capacity and service improvements for the North Shore Line with plans to add extra tracks between Gordon and Chatswood, and extra platforms at St Leonards by 2017.

Northern LineEdit

The Northern Line is part of the metropolitan rail network in Sydney known as Sydney Trains. It serves the northern suburbs of Sydney and the Lower North Shore, along with parts of the Inner West and the Hills District. The line utilises the Epping to Chatswood Line and parts of the Main Northern Line, North Shore Line and Main Suburban Line. It is denoted as red on Sydney Trains network maps and other publicity. Sydney Trains initially promised the Northern Line would be fully air-conditioned in the October 2009 timetable changes because the older non-air-conditioned trains were too noisy to run on the Epping-Chatswood rail link. However, Railcorp took remedial soundproofing works on the underground rail link in 2010 and this has meant that L, R and S sets are now allowed on the line.

Line DescriptionEdit

The line begins at Hornsby - a junction station with the North Shore Line. The line heads south to Epping using the Main Northern Line. At Epping the line heads underground to the Macquarie employment centre and Chatswood via the Epping to Chatswood Line. The line surfaces at Chatswood and joins the North Shore Line for the run south towards the City. Trains pass through North Sydney station before heading across the Harbour Bridge and through the underground stations of Wynyard and Town Hall, and the surface stations of Central and Redfern. Services then run along the Main Suburban Railway, usually using the middle 'Suburban' pair of the six tracks between Redfern and Strathfield. Services generally do not stop at intermediate stations between Redfern and Burwood. At Strathfield, trains usually head onto a flyover over the 'Main lines', before heading north back on the Main Northern Line, crossing the Parramatta River between Rhodes and Meadowbank, and terminating at Epping's surface platforms. At Epping trains reverse and complete the route in the opposite direction.


The traditional Northern Line was the suburban portion of the Main Northern Line which opened in as a single track line 1886. In 1892, the line was duplicated to Hornsby, and electrified in 1926 as part of the Bradfield electrification scheme. In 1932 the line was connected to the City underground. In 2009 the line was replaced by its current route. In the years prior to the 2009 revamp, Tangaras (T/G sets), R/S sets (includes 6 cars only) operated on the Strathfield-Hornsby section of the Northern Line.

Western LineEdit

The Western Line is part of the Sydney Trains metropolitan rail network in Sydney, and is the suburban section of the Main West line which connects Sydney with the west of New South Wales. It connects the Sydney CBD to the employment centre of Parramatta and the outer western suburbs, terminating at Emu Plains at the foot of the Blue Mountains. The line physically continues over the mountains but this is known as the Blue Mountains Line. Passengers are able to travel beyond this into western New South Wales via NSW TrainLink as well as interstate to Adelaide, South Australia and Perth, Western Australia with the Indian Pacific. A north-westerly branch also operates to Richmond. Western Line trains are usually fed by the North Shore Line.


The Western Line opened to Penrith in 1863 as a double track branch from the junction with the Main South line at Granville. Electrification reached Parramatta in 1928 and Penrith in 1955. In 1980, quadruplication of the track between Blacktown and St Marys was completed.

The branch line from Blacktown to Windsor, Richmond and the Hawkesbury River opened in 1864 (known locally as the Richmond Line). In 1926, an extension was opened to Kurrajong, closing in 1952. The line was electrified to Riverstone in 1975. Electrifiction from Riverstone to Richmond commenced in 1987 but was suspended in 1988 due to lack of funds, restarting in 1990 and opening in August 1991. Initially electric trains operated as 2-car shuttles between Riverstone to Richmond until the electric power supply was upgraded to allow through running to and from Sydney in 1992. As part of the Clearways Project, there are currently plans to duplicate the track between Quakers Hill and Schofields to expand capacity. On 20 November 2006, Railcorp announced plans to extend duplication further along the line to Vineyard station. There are also long term plans to link the proposed North Western railway line to join the Richmond line at Vineyard.

Proposed Fast Rail LinkEdit

First introduced in 2004 by a consortium of Dutch bank ABN AMRO and developer Leighton Holdings, the project dubbed the Penrith High Speed Link, known officially as Western FastRail, was reproposed in December 2006 and received approving comments by the NSW State Government, and was offered funding by Federal Opposition Leader Kevin Rudd should the Australian Labor Party win the 2007 Federal Election.

The $2 billion Western FastRail project will involve a tunnel being built between Parramatta and the Sydney CBD. It will shrink times from Penrith to the city to 28 minutes (presently over 55 minutes), Parramatta to City to 11 minutes (presently over 30 minutes) and Blacktown to City to 17 minutes (presently over 40 minutes). The plan would assist the entire Western Suburbs of Sydney (40% of Sydney's population), which as an area, is accursed with longer commute times than any other part of Sydney. It would also reduce the car dependency that is characteristic of this region[citation needed].

The Western FastRail project was rejected twice after government advisers estimated the project would cost $4.5 billion: $2 billion more than the proponents claimed. It was not clear where $600 million worth of single-deck rolling stock would come from; Penrith commuters would have to pay an extra $40 a week, and those who could not afford such a steep tariff would have to travel 84 minutes to the city for work due to the services cut to free tracks for the fast trains. Central, Parramatta and Wynyard would all need multimillion-dollar upgrades. Commuter car parks and feeder services would be needed. And none of these central concerns had been modelled or costed; a senior member of the Government's appraisal team said: "The construction cost estimates were entirely fanciful at $2 [billion] to $2.5 billion. That is just bollocks". Michael Easson, a former NSW Union Leader who had since become a prominent developer was central to the project and its strongest promoter. Concerns were raised that Easson would use inside knowledge to buy up adjacement property in Parramatta and Penrith, realising considerable profits through his companies EG Property Group and EG Property Consulting. Easson has however consistently denied these allegations.


Name Code Distance from
Railway Line Serving Suburbs Other Lines
Berowra - Chatswood
Berowra BER 44.7 km 1887 Main Northern Berowra NSW TrainLink
Mount Kuring-gai MKI 40.7 km 1901 Main Northern Mount Kuring-gai
Mount Colah MCL 37.7 km 1887 Main Northern Mount Colah
Asquith ASQ 35.7 km 1915 Main Northern Asquith
Hornsby HBY 33.9 km 1886 North Shore Hornsby, Waitara NSW TrainLink
Waitara WAI 24.2 km 1895 North Shore Waitara
Wahroonga WRO 22.6 km 1890 North Shore Wahroonga
Warrawee WAE 21.9 km 1900 North Shore Warrawee, Wahroonga
Turramurra TRM 20.8 km 1890 North Shore Turramurra
Pymble PYM 18.9 km 1890 North Shore Pymble, West Pymble
Gordon GDN 17.1 km 1890 North Shore Gordon, West Pymble
Killara KIL 15.9 km 1899 North Shore Killara, East Lindfield
Lindfield LFD 14.6 km 1890 North Shore Lindfield, West Lindfield, East Lindfield
Roseville RSV 13.3 km 1890 North Shore Roseville
Hornsby - Chatswood
Hornsby HBY 35.3 km 1886 Main Northern Hornsby, Waitara NSW TrainLink
Normanhurst NMH 33.1 km 1895 Main Northern Normanhurst
Thornleigh THL 30.8 km 1886 Main Northern Thornleigh, Westleigh
Pennant Hills PLL 30 km 1886 Main Northern Pennant Hills, Cherrybrook
Beecroft BCF 28.3 km 1886 Main Northern Beecroft
Cheltenham CHT 26.8 km 1898 Main Northern Cheltenham
Epping (underground) EPG 24.8 km 2009 Epping to Chatswood Epping, North Epping, Marsfield NSW TrainLink
Macquarie University MCU 20.9 km 2009 Epping to Chatswood Macquarie University, Marsfield
Macquarie Park MQP 19.6 km 2009 Epping to Chatswood Macquarie Park
North Ryde NRQ 18.2 km 2009 Epping to Chatswood North Ryde
Chatswood - Strathfield
Chatswood CWD 11.7 km 1890 North Shore Chatswood
Artarmon ATO 10.3 km 1898 North Shore Artarmon, Willoughby, Narenburn
St Leonards STL 8.4 km 1890 North Shore St Leonards, Gore Hill,
Osbourne Park, Greenwich
Wollstonecraft WSC 7.2 km 1893 North Shore Wollstonecraft, Greenwich
Waverton WVT 6.1 km 1893 North Shore Waverton, Lavender Bay, North Sydney
North Sydney NSY 5.1 km 1932 North Shore North Sydney, Crows Nest
Milsons Point MPT 4.4 km 1932 North Shore Milsons Point, Kirribilli
Wynyard WYN 2.1 km 1932 North Shore Sydney CBD, The Rocks, Millers Point T2
Town Hall TWH 1.2 km 1932 North Shore Sydney CBD,
Darling Harbour
NSW TrainLink*

*limited services only

Central CEN 0 km 1855 North Shore Sydney CBD, Chippendale,
Strawberry Hills, Ultimo, Surrey Hills
NSW TrainLink
Redfern RDF 1.3 km 1878 Main Suburban Redfern, Waterloo, Darlington, T2
NSW TrainLink*

*peak hours only

Burwood BUW 10.6 km 1855 Main Suburban Burwood T2
Strathfield SFD 11.8 km 1876 Main Suburban Strathfield T2
NSW TrainLink
Strathfield - Epping
North Strathfield NST 13.4 km 1918 Main Northern North Strathfield, Concord West, Concord
Concord West CCW 14.5 km 1887 Main Northern Concord West, Liberty Grove, Concord
Rhodes RHS 16.6 km 1886 Main Northern Rhodes, Liberty Grove
Meadowbank MEB 18.2 km 1887 Main Northern Meadowbank, Shepherd's Bay,
Putney, Melrose Park
West Ryde WSR 19.2 km 1886 Main Northern West Ryde, Ryde
Denistone DST 20.2 km 1937 Main Northern Denistone
Eastwood EAW 21.4 km 1886 Main Northern Eastwood, Marsfield NSW TrainLink
Epping (aboveground) EPG 23.4 km 1886 Main Northern Epping, North Epping, Marsfield NSW TrainLink
Strathfield - Blacktown
Lidcombe LDC 16.6 km 1858 Main Suburban Lidcombe T2
NSW TrainLink*

*limited services only

Auburn AUB 18.7 km 1877 Main Suburban Auburn T2
Clyde CLJ 20.6 km 1882 Main Suburban Clyde, Granville


Granville GRN 21.4 km 1860 Main Suburban Granville T2
NSW TrainLink*

*limited services only

Harris Park HPK 22.6 km After 1883 Main Western Harris Park T5
Parramatta PTA 23.2 km 1860 Main Western Parramatta T5
NSW TrainLink
Westmead WMD 25.1 km 1883 Main Western Westmead T5
NSW TrainLink
Wentworthville WWV 26.7 km 1883 Main Western Wentworthville T5
Pendle Hill PDH 28.3 km 1924 Main Western Pendle Hill T5
Toongabbie TBB 29.9 km 1880 Main Western Toongabbie T5
Seven Hills SEV 32.1 km 1863 Main Western Seven Hills T5
Blacktown BAK 34.8 km 1860 Main Western Blacktown T5
NSW TrainLink
Blacktown - Emu Plains
Doonside DOD 38.6 km 1880 Main Western Doonside
Rooty Hill RYH 40.9 km 1861 Main Western Rooty Hill
Mount Druitt MTT 43.3 km 1881 Main Western Mount Druitt
St Marys STM 47.4 km 1862 Main Western St Marys, Dunheved
Werrington WRT 49.1 km 1868 Main Western Werrington
Kingswood KWD 52.7 km 1887 Main Western Kingswood
Penrith PEN 55.1 km 1863 Main Western Penrith NSW TrainLink
Emu Plains EPS 57.4 km 1868 Main Western Emu Plains, Emu Heights NSW TrainLink
Blacktown - Richmond
Marayong MYG 37.4 km 1922 Richmond Marayong T5
Quakers Hill QKH 40.1 km 1872 Richmond Quakers Hill T5
Schofields SFS 43.8 km 1870 Richmond Schofields T5
Riverstone RVS 46.0 km 1864 Richmond Riverstone
Vineyard VYR 49.2 km 1935 Richmond Vineyard
Mulgrave MUV 52.6 km 1864 Richmond Mulgrave
Windsor WSR 55.0 km 1864 Richmond Windsor
Clarendon CRD 57.2 km 1870 Richmond Clarendon
East Richmond ERD 60.0 km 1939 Richmond East Richmond, Richmond
Richmond RCD 60.7 km 1864 Richmond Richmond, North Richmond

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