Newcastle railway station, New South Wales
Station in May 2012
|Address||Corner Scott & Watt Streets, Newcastle
|Line(s)||Central Coast & Newcastle
|Distance||168.10 km (104.45 mi) from Central|
|Platforms||4 (2 side, 1 island)|
|Opened||9 March 1858|
|Closed||26 December 2014|
|Fare zone||MyZone 3|
Newcastle railway station is the main railway station in Newcastle, New South Wales. It is the terminal for NSW TrainLink services to Gosford and Sydney on the Central Coast & Newcastle line and to Maitland, Muswellbrook, Scone, Telarah and Dungog on the Hunter line. It opened on 9 March 1858 replacing the temporary terminus on what is now Civic.
It is located at the end of the Newcastle branch line.
The station is situated on the corner of Scott and Watt Streets with access on street level, without stairs. It is in walking distance of Nobbys Beach and to Newcastle Harbour. The railway station has a cafe on Platform 1. Newcastle station is considered historically significant, retaining its original buildings.
A taxi rank is next to the station and a bus station is situated adjacent to Platform 4. The station is staffed 24 hours a day and has security guards on duty from 18:00 nightly.
Newcastle station was originally located at the site of the Honeysuckle Point Terminus. Early on in the making of the Honeysuckle Point Terminus, Newcastle residents called for an extension to the centre of town and in 1857 the parliamentary select committee recommended, that a single line for goods and passenger traffic be laid from Honeysuckle Point to the wharf at Watt Street. In November 1857 a contract for £6,347, was awarded to William Wright for the 67 chains (1.3 km; 0.84 mi) extension. The station was located on a spur line which serviced Circular Wharf and was opened on Saturday 20 March 1858. A large goods yard fanned east from the station, constructed in 1858. This was closed in the 1990s and redeveloped as a bus station and park land. In 1880, an additional two platforms were constructed to cater for traffic growth.
On the 14th December 2014, hundreds travelled by train to make up thousands at Pacific Park to protest against the proposed truncation of the rail line on 26th December.
Platform configuration & services
Newcastle Station consists of four platforms, two of which are used for Sydney services and two for Maitland, Scone and Dungog services. Sometimes trains go to/from platforms 3 and 4.The station is part of the NSW TrainLink Intercity network. All four lines were electrified in 1984. The Central Coast line is operated by electric multiple units and the Maitland line by diesel multiple units. A loop was maintained between platforms 1 and 2 until removed in 2012.
|1||Central Coast & Newcastle Line||Electric Multiple Unit services to Gosford & Sydney||Includes early morning weekend services to Fassifern & Wyong|
|2||Central Coast & Newcastle Line||Electric Multiple Unit services to Gosford & Sydney||Includes early morning weekend services to Fassifern & Wyong|
|3||Hunter Line||Endeavour/Hunter railcar services to Maitland, Telarah, Dungog, Muswellbrook & Scone|
|4||Hunter Line||Endeavour/Hunter railcar services to Maitland, Telarah, Dungog, Muswellbrook & Scone|
- 100: to Charlestown via Mayfield, University and Jesmond
- 104: Newcastle East to Jesmond via Carrington, Waratah and University
- 106: to Jesmond via Mayfield, Warabrook and Shortland
- 107: to Jesmond via Mayfield, Warabrook and Shortland
- 110 (From 26th December): to Hamilton Station via Queens Wharf, Civic and Wickham (Extends to Broadmeadow until 4th January 2015)
- 111: to Mount Hutton via Mayfield, Kotara and Charlestown
- 118: to Stockton (night service only) via Mayfield, Kooragang and Fern Bay
- 201: Marketown to Hamilton via Bar Beach, The Junction and Merewether
- 222: Newcastle East to Wallsend via New Lambton, John Hunter Hospital and Elemore Vale
- 224: to Wallsend via Kotara, John Hunter Hospital and Elemore Vale
- 225: to Jesmond via Kotara, New Lambton and University
- 226: to Glendale via Broadmeadow, University and Wallsend
- 230: to Wallsend via Lambton, Jesmond and Shortland
- 231: to Wallsend via Sports Centre, Lambton and Silver Ridge
- 235: to Maryland via Hamilton, North Lambton and Wallsend
- 310: to Belmont via The Junction, Charlestown and Mount Hutton
- 317: to Belmont via Kotara, Charlestown and Mount Hutton
- 320: to Warners Bay via The Junction, Charlestown and Mount Hutton
- 322: to Belmont via Kotara, Charlestown and Redhead
- 334: to Glendale via Adamstown, Kotara and Cardiff
- 349: to Swansea via Charlestown, Pelican and Belmont
- 350: to Swansea Heads via Charlestown, Jewells and Belmont
- 363: to Warners Bay via Broadmeadow, John Hunter Hospital and Glendale
- Ferry: to Stockton
- 150: to Taree via Tea Gardens, Forster and Tuncurry
- 151: to Taree via The Rock, Forster and Tuncurry
- 152: to Tea Gardens via Raymond Terrace, Karuah and Hawks Nest
- 138: to Lemon Tree Passage via Mayfield, Newcastle Airport and Salt Ash (Limited service) 
- 140: to Lakeside Shops and Raymond Terrace via Mayfield, Hexham and Tomago
- 267: to West Wallsend (limited services to Seahampton) via University, Wallsend and Glendale (peak-hour only, at other times, change at University for services)
- 130: to Fingal Bay via Mayfield, Newcastle Airport and Anna Bay
- 131: to Fingal Bay (peak hour express service) via Mayfield, Salamander Bay and Nelson Bay
- Newcastle Station NSWrail.net
- Newcastle Railway Station Group NSW Department of Environment & Heritage
- Revitalisation of Newcastle CBD underway with truncation to begin on Boxing Day Transport for NSW 3 July 2014
- McKillop, Roberts; Sheedy, David (May 2008). Our Region, Our Railway: The Hunter and the Great Northern Railway (1857-2007). Australian Railway Historical Society (1st ed.). p. 21~22.
- "Newcastle Terminal Commissioned" Fleetline issue 257 November 1998 page 204
- Rally 4 Rail Newcastle (14 December 2014)
- Routes 150-152 Map Busways 23 October 2011
- Medowie & Lemon Tree Passage to Newcastle Hunter Valley Buses 20 October 2013
- Raymond Terrace to Newcastle Hunter Valley Buses February 2012
- Newcastle to Port Stephens Port Stephens Coaches
- Newcastle Rover Coaches
- Express Coach Services Sid Fogg's
- Station Names. Date of opening, closing and/or change of name. Public Transport Commission of New South Wales Administrative Branch (Archives Section) (3rd ed.). February 1979 . p. 25.
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