Newcastle railway station, New South Wales

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Newcastle railway station.png
Station in May 2012
Location Corner Scott & Watt Streets, Newcastle
Coordinates 32°55′35″S 151°47′01″E / 32.926432°S 151.783644°E / -32.926432; 151.783644Coordinates: 32°55′35″S 151°47′01″E / 32.926432°S 151.783644°E / -32.926432; 151.783644
Owned by RailCorp
Operated by NSW TrainLink
Line(s) Central Coast & Newcastle
Distance 168.10 km (104.45 mi) from Central
Platforms 4 (2 side, 1 island)
Tracks 4
Connections Bus
Structure type Ground
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Station code NTL
Website Sydney Trains
Opened 9 March 1858
Closed 25 December 2014
Rebuilt 1858
Electrified Yes
Preceding station   NSW TrainLink   Following station
towards Central
Central Coast & Newcastle Line Terminus
towards Dungog or Scone
Hunter Line Terminus

Newcastle railway station was formerly the main railway station in Newcastle, New South Wales. It was the terminus station 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 later became Civic station.[1] It closed on 25 December 2014, when the Newcastle line was truncated to terminate at Hamilton.

The station building 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 had a cafe on Platform 1. Newcastle station is considered historically significant, retaining its original buildings.[2]


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.[3] In November 1857 a contract for £6,347, was awarded to William Wright for the 67 chains (1.3 km; 0.84 mi) extension.[3] The station was located on a spur line which serviced Circular Wharf and was opened on Saturday 20 March 1858.[3] A large goods yard fanned east from the station, constructed in 1858. On 20 September 1987, the diesel multiple unit depot was relocated to Broadmeadow and later redeveloped as a bus station and park land.[4] redeveloped as a bus station and park land.[5]

On the 14 December 2014, hundreds travelled to the city by train to make up the over 4,000 thousand people who gathered at Pacific Park (cnr Hunter & Pacific Streets) to protest against the proposed truncation of the rail line.[6]

On 24 December 2014, the Save Our Rail group were granted an injunction by the Supreme Court of New South Wales preventing RailCorp from removing any part of line infrastructure after the closure of the line. RailCorp have lodged an appeal.[7] This did not affect the suspension of services, but if the appeal is unsuccessful, will require an Act of Parliament to formally close the line before work to remove infrastructure can continue.[8]

The last train departed Newcastle station for Gosford, at 23:27 on 25 December 2014.[9]

Platform configuration & services[edit]

Newcastle Station consisted of four platforms, two of which were used for Sydney services and two for Maitland, Scone and Dungog services. The station was part of the NSW TrainLink Intercity network. All four lines were electrified in 1984. Central Coast line services were operated by electric multiple units and Maitland line services by diesel multiple units. A loop was maintained between platforms 1 and 2 until removed in 2012.

Platform Line Stopping pattern Notes
1 Central Coast & Newcastle Line Electric Multiple Unit services to Gosford & Sydney Included early morning weekend services to Fassifern & Wyong
2 Central Coast & Newcastle Line Electric Multiple Unit services to Gosford & Sydney Included 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

Transport Links[edit]

Bus terminal in July 2014
Entrance to the bus terminal in July 2013
Bus terminal in November 2011

Newcastle Buses & Ferries (Picks up only from stand at Scott Street, near Watt Street)

  • 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: to Hamilton station via Queens Wharf, Civic and Wickham. This replaces the railway service and train fares apply if transferring to or from a train.
  • 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 Newcastle Stadium, 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 North 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

Busways (all services operated by Busways below are booked seats only, picks up from Stand 5, inside Newcastle Interchange)

  • 150: to Taree via Tea Gardens, Forster and Tuncurry[10]
  • 151: to Taree via The Rock, Forster and Tuncurry[11]
  • 152: to Hawks Nest via Raymond Terrace, Karuah and Hawks Nest and Tea Gardens[12]

Hunter Valley Buses (Picks up from stand 2, inside Newcastle Interchange)

  • 138: to Lemon Tree Passage via Mayfield, Newcastle Airport and Salt Ash (Limited service) [13]
  • 140: to Lakeside Shops and Raymond Terrace via Mayfield, Hexham and Tomago[14]
  • 267: to West Wallsend (limited services to Seahampton) via University, Wallsend and Glendale (peak-hour only, at other times, change at University for services)[15]

Port Stephens Coaches[16] (Picks up from stand 3, inside Newcastle Interchange)

  • 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
  • NSW Trainlink road coaches would also pick up from stand 3

Rover Coaches (Picks up from stand 4, inside Newcastle Interchange)

Sid Fogg's (Picks up from stand 6, inside Newcastle Interchange)



  1. ^ Newcastle Station
  2. ^ Newcastle Railway Station Group NSW Department of Environment & Heritage
  3. ^ a b c 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. 
  4. ^ "Broadmeadow Loco Depot" Railway Digest December 1987 page 399
  5. ^ "Newcastle Terminal Commissioned" Fleetline issue 257 November 1998 page 204
  6. ^ Rally for the Rail Newcastle (14 December 2014)
  7. ^ Save Our Rail: Newcastle rail campaigners seek Supreme Court injunction Sydney Morning Herald 22 December 2014
  8. ^ Newcastle rail line to stay - for now Sydney Morning Herald 24 December 2014
  9. ^ Last train leaves Newcastle station Newcastle Herald 26 December 2014
  10. ^ Route 150 timetable information Busways 1 March 2014
  11. ^ Route 151 timetable information Busways 1 March 2014
  12. ^ Route 152 timetable information Busways 1 March 2014
  13. ^ Routes 136, 137 and 138 timetable Hunter Valley Buses 27 January 2015
  14. ^ Routes 140 and 141 timetable Hunter Valley Buses 27 January 2015
  15. ^ Routes 267 and 268 timetable Hunter Valley Buses 30 June 2014
  16. ^ Newcastle to Port Stephens Port Stephens Coaches
  17. ^ Newcastle Rover Coaches
  18. ^ 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 [1965]. p. 25. 

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