Petersham railway station

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Petersham Railway Station
Station statistics
Address Trafalgar Street
New South Wales, Australia
Coordinates 33°53′38″S 151°09′19″E / 33.89396°S 151.15517°E / -33.89396; 151.15517Coordinates: 33°53′38″S 151°09′19″E / 33.89396°S 151.15517°E / -33.89396; 151.15517
Line(s) Main Suburban railway line
Connections Bus
Distance 5.5 km (3.4 mi) from Central
Structure type Ground
Platforms 2 (1 Island)
Tracks 6
Parking No
Other information
Electrified 1927
Station code PSM
Owned by RailCorp
Operator Sydney Trains
Preceding station   Sydney Trains   Following station
towards Campbelltown
Inner West & South Line
towards Circular Quay

Petersham railway station is on the Inner West Line of the Sydney Trains network. It is located in the suburb of Petersham in Sydney, New South Wales. It receives the Inner West line services (four services an hour on weekdays and weekends, with more services during peak hour and less during late hours), which operate on the 'local' pair of tracks (the southernmost pair). A single island platform is provided on the local tracks. Petersham train station is frequently used by more than 600 students from Fort Street High School, especially between 8:00am and 8:30am and 2:30pm to 3:30pm (when school ends). Not all of these students use the train station itself, with many transiting to bus stops for Dulwich Hill and Marrickville. Trainees and other staff for the Transport For NSW Training College, which is located in a compound immediately to the south of the station and Petersham TAFE to the west also use the station.


Former Petersham station building (from street)
Former Petersham station building (from tracks)

Petersham station opened in 1857.[1] The heritage listed Victorian Italianate station built in 1885 in Terminus Street, with platform at rear, is the only major 'First Class' station building known to have been built in Sydney in the 19th century.[2] The Main Suburban Railway Line through Petersham was quadrupled in 1892,[3] and an island platform was built to serve both 'fast' and 'slow' pairs of tracks. The line was sextupled through Petersham in 1927 in association with electrification works[4] and the island platform serving the old 'fast' pair of tracks (to become the 'Up' and 'Down Suburban' tracks) was demolished. An ornate station building stands to the north of the tracks, but is no longer used as part of the station, and is now used as extra training rooms for the TFNSW training college located on the opposite side of the tracks. A turn-back siding previously located between the local tracks has now been removed.[5] This turn back siding was located on land now used for the training college.

A pedestrian subway was provided in 1892 at the western end of the station, connecting Trafalgar Street with Terminus Street. Access to the platforms from this subway closed after 1988.[6] The footbridge remains a fascinating piece of neo-gothic architecture. Upgrades to the station took place in the late 1990s, with the wooden steps on the footbridge being replaced due to their slipperiness in wet weather, a small but high-roofed shed at the east end of the platform being removed for security reasons, and the area under the lower part of the platform stairs also being fenced-off for similar concerns.

Platforms and services[edit]

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, with additional trains provided during peak hours; and on weekends the station is served by four trains per hour in each direction for most of the day.

Platform Line Stopping pattern Notes
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all stations services to Central and the City Circle.
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all stations services to Homebush

Transport links[edit]

View from footbridge

Sydney Buses runs three routes via Petersham station:

NightRide runs one route via Petersham station:

  • Route N50 - Between Liverpool and City (Town Hall)


  1. ^ "Main South Line". 
  2. ^
  3. ^ N.S.W. Railways Passenger Services 1880-1905 Australian Railway History, Vol 56, No. 810, April 2005 p141
  4. ^ Sydney Electric Trains from 1926 to 1960 Australian Railway Historical Society Bulletin, April 2001 p128
  5. ^ Longworth,J. Reading the Railway Landscape. Australian Railway History, May 2010 Vol 61, no 871.
  6. ^ Stations & Tracks Vol.1 Main Suburban State Rail Authority 1988

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