Macdonaldtown railway station is a Sydney Trains station in the city of Sydney. The station serves the Macdonaldtown locality within the suburb Newtown. The formal station entrance is from the railway underpass on Burren Street. It is located opposite the Sydney Trains yards at Eveleigh and adjacent to the Illawarra junction and the Macdonaldtown turnback stabling yard. Six sets of railway tracks pass through the station, but there is only one island platform - on the Main Suburban railway line's 'local' tracks.
A station opened at Macdonaldtown on 15 April 1878, at a site adjacent to the Charles Street subway. The line through Macdonaldtown was quadruplicated in 1892 when the station was moved to its present site, and sextuplicated in 1927 in association with electrification works. An island platform on the middle pair of tracks was taken out of use and demolished in November 1985. The closed access stairs to this may still be seen from the underpass entrance.
As of the new Sydney Trains timetables on Sunday the 20th of October 2013: on weekdays the station is served by four trains per hour in each direction for most of the day on weekdays and weekends. Travel time to Town Hall Station in the city is 9 minutes. The platforms are not wheelchair accessible but there are electronic indicator boards installed on the platforms. Macdonaldtown is the 150th most patronised railway station in Sydney (out of a total of 176 stations), with an average of 870 passengers boarding per day. While the station itself is only serviced by one line (T2 Inner West & South Line), there is an interchange possible to the T3 Bankstown Line by walking on foot to the nearby Erskinville Station. Macdonaldtown Station and Erskinville Station are the two closet stations on the Sydney Trains network being only 350m (5 min) apart by foot.