Goulburn railway station
|Address||Sloane Street, Goulburn
New South Wales, Australia
|Elevation||618 metres (2,028 ft)|
|Line(s)||Main Southern line/Southern Highlands line|
|Distance||224.90 km (139.75 mi) from Central|
|Platforms||3 (1 side, 1 island)|
Goulburn Railway Station is a station on the Main Southern railway line in New South Wales, Australia. It is located in the centre of the city of Goulburn. It is the terminus for NSW TrainLink's Southern Highlands services and is also served by NSW TrainLink's XPT and Xplorer trains between Sydney, Canberra, Griffith and Melbourne.
The foundation stone for the main station building was laid by the Mayor of Goulburn, William Davies, on 12 May 1868. At the time, the explorer William Hovell lived immediately opposite the main station building on Sloane Street. The land on which the station buildings are sited was originally designated for public parkland.
The station buildings were opened in 1869 with arrival of the railway from Sydney, which was opened by the Governor Lord Belmore (an event commemorated by Belmore Park in the centre of the city), along with the completion of the line from Sydney to Albury in 1881 (and the connection with Victorian Railways in 1883), was a boom to the town. Later branchlines were constructed to Cooma (opened in 1889) and later extended further to Bombala, and to Crookwell and Taralga. Goulburn became a major railway centre with a roundhouse and engine servicing facilities and a factory which made pre-fabricated concrete components for signal boxes and station buildings. A large Railway Refreshment Room opened on the island platform in 1915, closing in 1986 with the withdrawal of the Cooma Mail. A disused bay platform is located at the southern end of platform 1.
From April 1962 until March 1975 the Spirit of Progress conveyed a through car between Melbourne and Canberra, three days per week in each direction . The through carriage was detached at Goulburn and conveyed to Canberra attached to a mixed train. Until the early 1990s, Goulburn was also the terminating point for the Goulburn Day Train and Southern Highlands Express from Sydney.
Platforms and services
With only three NSW TrainLink intercity services on weekdays, and two on weekends, since a 2005 reduction in services, Goulburn station only sees trains in the early morning and evenings. A replacement bus service operates from Moss vale in the late morning, returning in the early afternoon. Two XPT services and two Xplorer services per day also use the station, heading to Melbourne and Canberra, the Saturday morning Canberra service also having a portion for Griffith which divides at the station. To comply with disabled access and so passengers do not have to cross the station footbridge, trains generally only use Platform 1 with Platform 2 only used occasionally.
|1||Southern Highlands Line||Terminating services; Intercity services to Campbelltown and Sydney Terminal.||Most trains use this platform|
|NSW TrainLink Southern||Country services to Sydney Terminal
Country services to Canberra (2-3 per day), Melbourne (2 per day) and Griffith (1 per week)
|2||Southern Highlands Line||Terminating services; Intercity services to Campbelltown and Sydney Terminal||Infrequently used, normally most trains use Platform 1 for both directions, trains may use this platform occasionally during trackwork or emergencies|
|NSW TrainLink Southern||Country services to Sydney Terminal (4 per day)|
|3||not in regular use||This platform is usually in use as a freight siding, trains may use this platform during trackwork|
- "Laying the foundation stone of the Goulburn railway station". The Sydney Morning Herald. 14 May 1868. Retrieved 24 July 2011.
- Goulburn to Crookwell Railway Act 1899 (NSW)
- Banger C. "The Railway Refreshment Rooms of New South Wales 1855-1995" ARHS Bulletin, Vol 54 no 790 August 2003
- Stokes, HJW (1984). Railways of The Canberra and Monaro Districts. Canberra: Australian Railway Historical Society, ACT Division. p. 28.