Central railway station, Brisbane

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Central Railway Station, Queensland, July 2012.JPG
Ann Street entrance to the station
Station statistics
Address Cnr Edward & Ann St, Brisbane
Coordinates 27°27′57″S 153°01′34″E / 27.4659°S 153.0261°E / -27.4659; 153.0261Coordinates: 27°27′57″S 153°01′34″E / 27.4659°S 153.0261°E / -27.4659; 153.0261
Platforms 3 island platforms
Tracks 6
Parking 0
Bicycle facilities No
Other information
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Station code 600018 (platform 1)
600017 (platform 2)
600016 (platform 3)
600020 (platform 4)
600019 (platform 5)
600024 (platform 6)
Owned by Queensland Rail
Fare zone 1
Preceding station   Queensland Rail   Following station
Airport Line
toward Bowen Hills
Beenleigh Line
toward Beenleigh
Caboolture Line
toward Caboolture
toward Bowen Hills
Cleveland Line
toward Cleveland
Doomben Line
toward Doomben
One-way operation
Exhibition Line
One-way operation
Ferny Grove Line
toward Ferny Grove
toward Bowen Hills
Gold Coast Line
toward Bowen Hills
Ipswich Line
toward Rosewood
toward Bowen Hills
Springfield Line
Nambour and Gympie North Line
toward Gympie North
Shorncliffe Line
toward Shorncliffe

Central is, as the name suggests, the central railway station for the Queensland Rail City network in the Brisbane central business district, the state capital of Queensland, Australia. A major interchange for train services on the City network, Central is located in Zone 1 of the TransLink integrated public transport system.


For more details on this topic, see Rail transport in Queensland.

The first building for Central railway station was a structure of wood and corrugated galvanised iron, and opened on 18 August 1889 as a terminus of the line after Roma Street railway station.[1] In 1891 the tunnel to Brunswick Street railway station (now Fortitude Valley railway station) was opened so trains could run directly from Central to northern destinations.[2]

Looking east to the main station entrance across the Edward and Anne Street from the verandah of the People's Palace in 1911
View to the west toward the platforms circa 1911.
Central Station Cafe in Brisbane, 1927

An elegant new station was constructed and opened in 1899[2] with arches of corrugated galvanised iron over the platforms and a portico on Ann Street.

In 1904, Central had the only electro-pneumatic system in Australia for changing points and signals.[3]

A new entrance with its distinctive row of clocks was constructed in 1901 in sandstone from nearby quarries.[3] Anne Street was widened in 1954 for the construction of government offices which required the portico to be demolished.

The vaulted roof was removed in 1966 and replaced by awnings over each platform.[3]

Redevelopment of the station began in 1968 and 1970 with office towers built over the platforms at the Edward Street end, involving the demolition of the 1901 entrance buildings and the construction of a modern pedestrian retail concourse behind the old station buildings.

Further redevelopment in the 1980s saw the Sheraton Hotel towers (now Sofitel Brisbane) built over the remaining platforms.

In 1996, four new tunnels were constructed between Central and Brunswick Street (now Fortitude Valley) and Roma Street stations, with two new platforms added to Central to increase capacity, especially with new services commencing on the rebuilt Gold Coast line.[4]

Station configuration[edit]

Central railway station is located at the northern end of the Brisbane central business district on Ann Street, directly opposite ANZAC Square. Pedestrian access is available from the main entrance at the corner of Ann and Edward Streets, the pedestrian subway connecting ANZAC Square with Upper Edward Street and from the corner of Ann Street and Creek Street. Lesser used access points are located off Wickham Terrace and from Edward Street via the courtyard of the Railway Centre.

There is elevator access to Central Station from Ann Street opposite the Shrine of Remembrance, and from Wickham Terrace on the northern corner of the complex. There are also escalators to Central Station from ANZAC Square Arcade, next to ANZAC Square.

The Central Station complex houses a McDonald's restaurant, newsagents, cafes, a men's hairdresser, and a QR Travel Centre. The station has a maximum passenger capacity of 43,000 people in any two-hour period.[5]

Services by platform[edit]

Central railway station serves all suburban and interurban lines. The platforms at Central are numbered from 1 to 6, with 1 being the easternmost platform and 6 the westernmost. Services typically use platforms in a predictable fashion, however during peak periods, some services may use different platforms from those listed below:

Platform Line Stopping Pattern Notes and Comments
1 / 2 Beenleigh Line All stations and peak-hour limited stops services to Kuraby, Kingston and Beenleigh
Gold Coast Line Intercity express services to Varsity Lakes
Cleveland Line All stations and peak-hour limited stop services to Manly, Thorneside and Cleveland
3 / 4 Ferny Grove Line All stations and peak-hour limited stops services to Mitchelton and Ferny Grove
Airport Line Airtrain service to Brisbane Airport
Nambour and Gympie North Line Intercity express services to Gympie North
Doomben Line All stations services to Doomben
Shorncliffe Line All stations and peak-hour limited stop services to Shorncliffe
Exhibition Line Special event services to the Exhibition (Anti-clockwise direction)
5 Ipswich and Rosewood Line All stations and peak-hour limited stops services to Ipswich and Rosewood* * Limited Peak-hour through services to Rosewood. Most Rosewood services require a change of trains at Ipswich
Springfield Line All stations services to Richlands
Exhibition Line Special event services to the Exhibition (Clockwise direction)
6 Caboolture Line All stations and peak-hour limited stop services to Petrie and Caboolture * Counter-peak and some weekend services to Nambour require a change of trains at Caboolture.
Nambour and Gympie North Line Intercity express services to Nambour*
Exhibition Line Special event services to the Exhibition (Anti-clockwise)



  1. ^ "Central Railway Station - EPA/QPWS". Government of Queensland. 2006. Archived from the original on 30 September 2007. Retrieved 27 July 2007. 
  2. ^ a b Hallam, Greg (2005). Brisbane's Biography (Steamtrain Sunday). QR Limited. 
  3. ^ a b c http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/features/station-clocks-were-central-to-citys-life/story-e6freoro-1225806641088
  4. ^ "Future rail connection in study's sights" (Press release). Government of Queensland. 26 August 2007. Retrieved 13 February 2008. 
  5. ^ tony Moore (9 December 2013). "Underground stations promise peak hour relief for Central Station commuters". Brisbane Times (Fairfax Media). Retrieved 9 December 2013. 

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