East Maitland railway station

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East Maitland
EastMaitlandStation.jpg
Station looking west in August 2006
Location Melbourne Street, East Maitland
Australia
Coordinates 32°44′41″S 151°35′15″E / 32.744836°S 151.587381°E / -32.744836; 151.587381Coordinates: 32°44′41″S 151°35′15″E / 32.744836°S 151.587381°E / -32.744836; 151.587381
Owned by RailCorp
Operated by NSW TrainLink
Line(s) Main Northern
Distance 188.83 km (117.33 mi) from Central
Platforms 2 (1 island)
Tracks 4
Construction
Structure type Ground
Other information
Station code EAM
Fare zone MyZone 3
Website Sydney Trains
History
Opened 1914
Services
Preceding station   NSW TrainLink   Following station
towards Dungog or Scone
Hunter Line
towards Newcastle

East Maitland railway station is located on the Main Northern line in New South Wales, Australia. It serves East Maitland.[1] It is the fourth site of the station known as East Maitland.

History[edit]

The first site to bear the East Maitland name was a temporary terminus while the bridge over Wallis Creek was being built, was about where Victoria Street is now. The second was directly north of William Street between the East Maitland Courthouse and Post Office.

The third site was opened originally as Morpeth Junction when the short Morpeth branch to Morpeth opened in 1866 and was about 400 metres west of the present East Maitland. The second station closed in 1873 and became the goods yard and Morpeth Junction was renamed East Maitland.

The current site was opened in 1914 when the Main Northern line was quadrupled with the two extra coal roads built south side of the existing tracks. At that time the Morpeth branch was realigned to allow trains to proceed directly from Newcastle instead of from Maitland. It received its own platform on a lower level.[2] The new site of East Maitland became the junction and the third East Maitland then became the goods siding. For many years after 1916 there were five tracks from the goods siding to just east of East Maitland station. The remains of this can be seen in the wider than now required overpass of Melbourne Street and in the wider Pitnacree Road bridge over the railway line.

The line to Morpeth closed in 1953 with the branch line platform at East Maitland still remaining today.

Platforms & services[edit]

High Street has one island platform with two faces. It is serviced by NSW TrainLink Hunter line services travelling between Hamilton (Newcastle), Maitland and Telarah are on an hourly basis. It is also service by one early morning service to Scone.[3]

Platform Line Stopping pattern Notes
1 Hunter Line Endeavour/Hunter railcar services to Hamilton (Newcastle) [3]
2 Hunter Line Endeavour/Hunter railcar services to Maitland & Telarah 1 early morning service to Scone[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ East Maitland Station NSWrail.net
  2. ^ East Maitland Railway Precinct NSW Environment & Heritage
  3. ^ a b c Hunter line timetable NSW TrainLink 5 January 2015

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