Hornsby railway station

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Hornsby railway station platform 1 & 2 from footbridge.jpg
Southbound view
Location George Street, Hornsby
Coordinates 33°42′11″S 151°05′55″E / 33.70298889°S 151.0985667°E / -33.70298889; 151.0985667Coordinates: 33°42′11″S 151°05′55″E / 33.70298889°S 151.0985667°E / -33.70298889; 151.0985667
Owned by RailCorp
Operated by Sydney Trains
Line(s) Main Northern
North Shore
Distance 33.86 kilometres from Central via Strathfield
Platforms 5 (1 side, 2 island)
Tracks 5
Connections Bus
Structure type Ground
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Status Staffed
Station code HBY
Fare zone MyZone 2
Website Sydney Trains
Opened 17 September 1886
Electrified Yes
Previous names Hornsby Junction
Preceding station   Sydney Trains   Following station
towards Berowra
North Shore and Northern Line
via Gordon
towards Central
Terminus T1
North Shore and Northern Line
via Macquarie University
towards Central
towards Wyong
North Shore Line
(peak hours only)
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

Hornsby railway station is located at the junction of the Main Northern and North Shore lines, serving the Sydney suburb of Hornsby. It is served by Sydney Trains T1 North Shore & Northern Line services and NSW TrainLink Intercity and regional services.


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.[1][2]

On 1 January 1890, Hornsby became a junction station with the opening of the North Shore line to St Leonards. In 1894, a third platform was built along with a locomotive depot to the east of the station.[3] Hornsby was the northern extermity of the electrified network from 1930 until it was extended to Gosford in 1960. The wires did continue north of the station as far as the Hornsby Maintenance Depot.

As part of 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 in 2007.[4] The new platform opened on 16 March 2009, with the existing Platform 4 becoming a 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.[5] 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.[6]

Platforms & services[edit]

Platform Line Stopping pattern Notes
services to Epping, Richmond & Emu Plains via Gordon [7]
terminating services
services to Berowra
evening peak services to Wyong
services to Penrith & Richmond via Macquarie Park & North Sydney [7]
services to Central [8]
services to Central [9]
services to Central [10]
terminating services to & from Penrith & Richmond via Macquarie Park & North Sydney [7]
5 services to Grafton, Casino & Brisbane [9]
services to Armidale/Moree [10]
services to Hamilton (Newcastle) [8]

Transport links[edit]

Hillsbus operates one route to and from Hornsby station:

Transdev NSW operates ten routes to and from Hornsby station:

Hornsby is also the terminus of two NightRide routes:[22]


Current track layout
Track layout prior to construction of Platform 5


  1. ^ Hornsby Station NSWrail.net
  2. ^ Hornsby Railway Station Group & Barracks NSW Environment & Heritage
  3. ^ "Byways of Steam Cowan - Hornsby" Roundhouse January 1985 pages 4-24
  4. ^ Massarella, Carlo. Monster Moves: Adventures in Moving the Impossible. London: Quercus Publishing. p. 180. ISBN 9780857386335. OCLC 751789641. 
  5. ^ Hornsby Platform 5 & Stabling Project Profile Transport Infrastructure Development Corporation
  6. ^ Millennium Train Incident Reports CityRail 24 October 2007
  7. ^ a b c d North Shore & Northern Line timetable Sydney Trains 20 October 2013
  8. ^ a b c Central Coast & Newcastle line timetable NSW TrainLink 5 January 2015
  9. ^ a b North Coast timetable NSW TrainLink 6 April 2014
  10. ^ a b North Western timetable NSW TrainLink 20 October 2013
  11. ^ Route M60 timetable Hillsbus 1 August 2014
  12. ^ Route 575 timetable Transdev NSW 20 October 2013
  13. ^ Route 587 timetable Transdev NSW 20 October 2013
  14. ^ Route 588 timetable Transdev NSW 20 October 2013
  15. ^ Route 589 timetable Transdev NSW 30 June 2014
  16. ^ Route 592 timetable Transdev NSW 20 October 2013
  17. ^ Routes 584 and 594H timetable Transdev NSW 20 October 2013
  18. ^ Route 595 timetable Transdev NSW 20 October 2013
  19. ^ Route 596 timetable Transdev NSW 20 October 2013
  20. ^ Route 597 timetable Transdev NSW 20 October 2013
  21. ^ Route 598 timetable Transdev NSW 20 October 2013
  22. ^ NightRide bus services Transport Info NSW

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