Milsons Point railway station

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Milsons Point
Milsons point railway sandstone entry.jpg
Western entrance in October 2011
Location Alfred Street, Milsons Point
Coordinates 33°50′46″S 151°12′42″E / 33.8461°S 151.2118°E / -33.8461; 151.2118Coordinates: 33°50′46″S 151°12′42″E / 33.8461°S 151.2118°E / -33.8461; 151.2118
Owned by RailCorp
Operated by Sydney Trains
Line(s) North Shore
Distance 4.44 kilometres from Central
Platforms 2 (1 island)
Tracks 2
Connections Bus
Ferry
Construction
Structure type Elevated
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Status Staffed
Station code MPT
Fare zone MyZone 1
Website Sydney Trains
History
Opened 1 May 1893
Rebuilt 19 March 1932
Electrified Yes
Services
Preceding station   Sydney Trains   Following station
towards Berowra
T1
North Shore and Northern Line
via Gordon
towards Central
towards Hornsby
T1
North Shore and Northern Line
via Macquarie University
towards Wyong
T1
North Shore Line
services
(peak hours only)

Milsons Point railway station is located on the North Shore line, serving the Sydney suburb of Milsons Point. It is served by Sydney Trains T1 North Shore line services.

History[edit]

The original station on the day it closed to traffic
Aerial view of construction of the northern approach to the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The original railway alignment and construction work on the realignment for extension across the bridge can both be seen.
Eastern entrance
Sketch showing both pairs of platforms at Milsons Point

The original Milsons Point station was not in its present location, but on the edge of Sydney Harbour approximately on the site of the present northern pylon of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the North Sydney Olympic Pool. This location enabled passengers from the North Shore to transfer directly from steam trains to ferries to reach Circular Quay. It opened as the southern terminus of the North Shore railway line on 1 May 1893.[1] when extended from its previous terminus at St Leonards (opened from Hornsby 1 January 1890).[2] The site, squeezed between the rock cliffs and the edge of Sydney Harbour was cramped, with two side platforms, one of which was built on piles partly over the water's edge, and three tracks between, including a centre road.[3] Immediately adjoining it to the west was the colonnaded Milsons Point ferry wharf for the ferry service to Circular Quay in the Sydney central business district and tram terminus for the North Sydney cable tramway (opened 22 May 1886) and subsequently electrified from 11 February 1900.[4][5][6]

In 1915, to enable a start on the construction of the Sydney Harbour Bridge between Milsons Point and Dawes Point, the Government instructed the Railway Commissioners to vacate the station and a new four platform, station was constructed at the site of the boundary fence between the present-day Luna Park and Lavender Bay Sidings. This station was in operation for just seven weeks, from 30 May 1915 to 18 July 1915, as the inconvenience to passengers transferring between ferries and trains was unacceptable.[7]

Due to later overcrowding, a third platform was added on 12 December 1920 by removing the centre road track and laying a new track on inland side of the new platform 2.[8] This station remained in use until the site was requisitioned to allow construction of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

From 27 April 1924, a new temporary station was brought into use, approximately 300 metres back along the line on the site of the present Lavender Bay car sidings, just beyond the present Luna Park amusement park. It was linked to the street by stairs and three escalators, and to a new adjacent ferry wharf. The escalators at Milsons Point were the first installed in Australia, one of which was transferred to Town Hall station when the temporary station closed.[9] The tram line was also relocated to terminate adjacent to the entrance to the new station in Glen Street.

The line from Hornsby to Milsons Point was electrified from 2 August 1927.[8]

Current station[edit]

As part of the construction of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and relocation of the North Shore Line to extend across the bridge into the City, a new Milsons Point station was built on the northern approach to the bridge and opened on 19 March 1932. This station was in two parts: two platforms each side of the roadway. The western platforms were connected to the North Shore line with the eastern pair used for a tramway service between Wynyard and the northern suburbs. The tramway and the associated platforms at Milsons Point were removed in 1958 as part of the conversions of lanes 7 and 8 of the Harbour Bridge to become the Cahill Expressway.[5][6]

Platforms & services[edit]

Platform Line Stopping pattern Notes
1
services to Epping, Richmond & Emu Plains [10]
2
services to Chatswood, Hornsby & Berowra evening peak hour NSW TrainLink services to Wyong[10]

Transport links[edit]

Sydney Buses operate a number of routes via Milsons Point station:

Milsons Point station is served by one NightRide route:

References[edit]

  1. ^ Station Information - G to M JH Forsyth State Rail Authority 1998
  2. ^ Station Information - N to Z JH Forsyth State Rail Authority 1998
  3. ^ Australian Railway Historical Society Bulletin July 1959 page 107
  4. ^ Keenan, David (1987). The North Sydney Lines. Transit Press. ISBN 0 909338 05 1. 
  5. ^ a b Milsons Point Station NSWrail.net
  6. ^ a b Milsons Point Railway Station NSW Environment & Heritage
  7. ^ "The Seven Weeks Ferry Service" Australian Railway Historical Society Bulletin May 2001 pages 178-184
  8. ^ a b Australian Railway Historical Society Bulletin, September 1959 pages 135, 137
  9. ^ Railway Transportation September 1955 page 112
  10. ^ a b North Shore & Northern timetable Sydney Trains 20 October 2013

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