Maitland railway station

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Maitland
Maitland railway station platforms.jpg
Looking west from platform 4 & 5 in July 2014
Station statistics
Address Church Street, Maitland
Australia
Coordinates 32°44′17″S 151°33′07″E / 32.738073°S 151.552016°E / -32.738073; 151.552016Coordinates: 32°44′17″S 151°33′07″E / 32.738073°S 151.552016°E / -32.738073; 151.552016
Line(s) Main Northern
Distance 192.55 km (119.65 mi) from Central
Structure type Ground
Platforms 5 (1 side, 2 island)
Tracks 6
Other information
Opened 1880
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Station code MTL
Owned by RailCorp
Operator NSW TrainLink
Fare zone MyZone 3
Website Maitland
Services
Preceding station   NSW TrainLink   Following station
towards Dungog
Hunter Line
towards Newcastle
towards Scone
towards Grafton, Casino or Brisbane
NSW TrainLink North Coast
towards Sydney
towards Moree or Armidale
NSW TrainLink North Western

Maitland railway station is located on the Main Northern line in New South Wales, Australia. It serves the city of Maitland opening on in 1880 as West Maitland being renamed on 1 April 1949.[1] It is the branch point for the Main North line to Scone and Armidale and the North Coast line to Dungog and Brisbane.

History[edit]

Station in 1877
Rail Crossing in 1911
Station front in December 2010

The Great Northern Railway was built through Maitland in the 1850s and extended to Lochinvar in July 1860. Maitland was serviced by Victoria Street, East Maitland and High Street when it opened however it was not until 1880 that what is now Maitland's principal station opened as West Maitland.

Initially the station comprised only one platform, the present Platform 1. The station expanded with an island platform and footbridge constructed in 1914 followed in 1933 by another island platform.[2] In April 1949 in recognition of its position as Maitland's primary station it received its present name. A bay platform was located at the eastern end of Platform 1 for terminating services from Newcastle, it was removed in the 1990s.

The station is susceptible to floods. In the 1955 floods the signalbox was washed away with its replacement constructed on stilts. This has since closed and has been leased to a model railway club.[3] The high water marks have been marked on the building on Platform 1. Flood gates have been installed at the northern end of the platforms.

A yard is located east of the station. It is mainly used to stable railway maintenance equipment, although each April is used as a depot for locomotives attending the Hunter Valley Steamfest.

Immediately east of the station the Main North and the North Coast lines split, while about 500 metres west of the station the South Maitland Railways line to Pelton branches south.

Platforms & services[edit]

Maitland has five platforms, although only four are used by passenger trains. It is serviced by NSW TrainLink Hunter line services travelling from Newcastle to Muswellbrook, Scone, Telarah and Dungog.[4]

It is also serviced by NSW Trainlink Xplorer and XPT long distance services from Sydney to Armidale, Moree, Grafton, Casino and Brisbane.[5][6]

Platform Line Stopping pattern Notes
1 Hunter Line Endeavour/Hunter railcar services to Newcastle, Telarah & Dungog
NSW TrainLink North Coast XPT services to Sydney (3 per day)
2 Hunter Line Endeavour/Hunter railcar services to Dungog & Telarah
NSW TrainLink North Coast XPT services to Grafton, Casino & Brisbane (all 1 per day)
3 Hunter Line Endeavour/Hunter railcar services from Scone & Muswellbrook, terminating services from Newcastle
NSW TrainLink North Western Xplorer services to Sydney (1 per day)
4 Hunter Line Endeavour/Hunter railcar services to Muswellbrook & Scone
NSW TrainLink North Western Xplorer services to Armidale/Moree (1 per day)
5 not in regular passenger service, Hunter Valley Coal Chain trains pass through

Events[edit]

Each April, Maitland station is the focal point for the Hunter Valley Steamfest, an event that has been held annually since 1986.[7]

Transport links[edit]

Hunter Valley Buses operates seven routes via Maitland station:[8]

Rover Coaches operates two routes via Maitland station:

Sid Fogg's operates one route via Maitland station (Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays):

Image Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Maitland Station NSWrail.net
  2. ^ Maitland Railway Precinct NSW Environment & Heritage
  3. ^ New Lease of Life for Maitland Heritage Signal Box Australian Rail Track Corporation 23 July 2013
  4. ^ Hunter line timetable NSW TrainLink 20 October 2013
  5. ^ North Western timetable NSW TrainLink 20 October 2013
  6. ^ North Coast timetable NSW TrainLink 20 October 2013
  7. ^ Home Hunter Valley Steamfest
  8. ^ Maitland District Bus Guide Hunter Valley Buses November 2010
  9. ^ Maitland Rover Coaches
  10. ^ Express Coach Services Sid Fogg's

External links[edit]

Media related to Maitland railway station, New South Wales at Wikimedia Commons