Hornsby railway station

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Hornsby
Hornsby railway station platforms from footbridge.jpg
Station code HBY
Suburb Hornsby
Street(s) Station Street
George Street
Distance from Central Station 25.26 km
Altitude (above sea level) 181 m
Types of stopping trains Suburban all stops
Suburban limited stops
NSW TrainLink Intercity
NSW TrainLink Country
Number of platforms 5
Number of tracks 5
Platform arrangement 2 Island 1 Side
Type of station Ground
Ticket barriers Yes
Transfers available Train
Bus
Disabled access Yes
Station facilities Link

Hornsby railway station is a major railway station at the junction between the North Shore and Main Northern railway lines in Sydney, Australia. It serves the commercial and residential area of Hornsby. The station consists of 5 platforms accessed through an overhead concourse at the southern end. The station is a major terminus for most suburban services. Hornsby maintenance depot is situated to the north of the station. Hornsby station was upgraded in the 1990s to Easy Access for the mobility impaired with the provision of lifts between the concourse and the platforms.

Hornsby is the 17th most patronised railway station in Sydney (out of a total of 176 stations), with an average of 11,590 passengers boarding per day.

History[edit]

The station opened on 17 September 1886 as Hornsby, but was renamed Hornsby Junction on 1 November 1894. This was due to the construction of Normanhurst Station to the south, which was initially named Hornsby as it was located in what was the more densely populated area of Hornsby at the time. Naming the station Hornsby Junction was an attempt to avoid confusion, but it was realised that having two Hornsby Stations was still very confusing. On 1 May 1900, the suburb and station to the south was renamed Normanhurst, and Hornsby Junction reverted to Hornsby, which it has remained to the present day.[1]

Under the CityRail Clearways Project, a fifth platform was constructed for use by through northbound trains. To allow for the new line, the Hornsby Signal Box was shifted 120 metres (390 ft) in 2007.[2] The new platform opened on 16 March 2009, with the existing Platform 4 becoming a centre turnback platform for Northern line trains. The additional platform allows extra trains to run on the Northern Line via the Epping to Chatswood line and improves reliability. As Hornsby is both an originating and terminating point for some services, on 10 July 2003 the communications system in a Millennium Train failed because the train's software could not compute that the origin and destination of the service had the same name.[1]

Transport links[edit]

Transdev NSW runs a number of services to and from Hornsby railway station:

Hillsbus runs one service to and from Hornsby railway station:

Hornsby is also the terminus of two NightRide routes:

Platforms and services[edit]

The station is served by ten trains per hour each way, with additional trains during weekday peak hours.

Platform Line Stopping pattern Notes
1
Suburban and peak hour NSW TrainLink Intercity services towards Central along the North Shore Line.
2
Terminating services
Suburban services to Berowra and some peak hour services to Wyong.
3 NSW TrainLink North Coast Country services to Sydney Southbound goods trains pass through this platform
NSW TrainLink North Western Country services to Sydney
Suburban services to Central via Macquarie Park, then Strathfield and beyond.
Peak hour services to North Sydney via Strathfield.
Central Coast & Newcastle Line NSW TrainLink Intercity services to Central (i) via Strathfield
4
Terminating services
Suburban services to Central via Macquarie Park, then Strathfield and beyond.
Peak hour services to North Sydney via Strathfield.
Terminating platform
5 NSW TrainLink North Coast Country services to Grafton, Casino and Brisbane Northbound goods trains pass through this platform
NSW TrainLink North Western Country services to Armidale and Moree
Central Coast & Newcastle Line NSW TrainLink Intercity services to Gosford, Wyong & Newcastle

Trackplan[edit]

Current track layout at Hornsby
Track layout at Hornsby prior to construction of the fifth platform

Gallery[edit]

Neighbouring stations[edit]

Preceding station   Sydney Trains   Following station
towards Wyong or Berowra
T1
North Shore Line
towards Central
Terminus T1
Northern Line
towards Central
Preceding station   NSW TrainLink   Following station
towards Newcastle
Central Coast & Newcastle Line
towards Central
towards Grafton, Casino or Brisbane
NSW TrainLink North Coast
towards Sydney
towards Moree or Armidale
NSW TrainLink North Western

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Bozier, Rolfe, "NSWRail.net: Hornsby Railway Station". Retrieved 12 January 2008.
  2. ^ Massarella, Carlo. Monster Moves: Adventures in Moving the Impossible. London: Quercus Publishing. p. 180. ISBN 9780857386335. OCLC 751789641. 
  1. ^ CityRail -- Millennium Train Incident Reports[dead link]

External links[edit]


Coordinates: 33°42′11″S 151°05′55″E / 33.70298889°S 151.0985667°E / -33.70298889; 151.0985667