Homebush railway station
Westbound view in August 2007
|Location||The Crescent, Homebush|
|Operated by||Sydney Trains|
|Distance||12.74 kilometres from Central|
|Platforms||7 (3 island, 1 side)|
|Fare zone||MyZone 2|
|Opened||26 September 1855|
The station was expanded to six platforms when the line between Redfern and Homebush was sextupled in the 1920s. On 9 October 1994, a large fire destroyed the original heritage-listed buildings on platforms 3 and 4, they were later rebuilt as a simpler structure. During the Sydney 2000 Olympics, the station was closed to avoid confusion with the nearby Olympic Park station. Olympic Park is located near Homebush Bay.
Under the CityRail Clearways Project, an additional platform (Platform 7) was built to the south, with tracks rearranged to create a turnback at platform 6. This turnback platform enabled all stations trains to be terminated clear of the running lines and create extra capacity between Homebush and Lidcombe.
On 20 October 2013, a new timetable was introduced which saw Homebush become the terminus for T2 Inner West line services to and from the city. As a result, only a few weekday T2 South line services connect with Flemington and points west. Previously Homebush had been served by T3 Bankstown line services.
Rail traffic in the Homebush area has been controlled from the adjacent Strathfield signal box since 1983. From 1893 to 1928, a large mechanical signal box controlled traffic through Homebush. This building, situated to the south west of the station, opposite Homebush Public School, still stands. From 1928 to 1983, a pistol grip power box situated immediately to the west of platforms 1 and 2 was in use. It was damaged by fire and demolished, some time after its closure.
Platforms & services
Platform 1 does not actually exist on the station's numbering system, however, behind the existing Platform 2 is the North Strathfield Junction goods line, which previously had a platform when the goods line was double track. The platform is now fenced off from the goods line.
Platforms & services
|1||no scheduled services|
|2||no scheduled services|
|3||no scheduled services|
|4||limited afternoon services to Central & the City Circle|||
|5||no scheduled services|
|6||terminating services to & from Central & the City Circle|||
|7||limited morning peak services to Campbelltown via Granville|||
Sydney Buses operate one route via Homebush station:
- Homebush Station NSWrail.net
- Homebush Railway Station Group NSW Environment & Heritage
- "Homebush Station...Then & Now" Railway Digest November 1994 page 13
- "Olympic Games Special Services" Railway Digest October 2000 page 18
- Homebush Turnback Project Profile Transport Infrastructure Development Corporation
- T2 Inner West & South timetable Sydney Trains 20 October 2013
- Bankstown Line timetable Sydney Trains
- Routes 407 and 408 timetable Sydney Buses 30 January 2011
- NightRide bus services Transport Info NSW
- Media related to Homebush railway station at Wikimedia Commons
- Homebush station details Sydney Trains
- Photo gallery showing construction of the new platform