Strathfield railway station

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Strathfield
Strathfield railway station.jpg
Station statistics
Address Albert Road and Everton Road
Strathfield
New South Wales, Australia
Coordinates 33°52′18″S 151°05′40″E / 33.87180°S 151.09433°E / -33.87180; 151.09433Coordinates: 33°52′18″S 151°05′40″E / 33.87180°S 151.09433°E / -33.87180; 151.09433
Elevation 15 metres (49 ft)
Line(s) Main Suburban line
Connections Bus
Train
Distance 11.81 km (7.34 mi) from Central
Structure type Ground
Platforms 8 (4 Island)
Tracks 8
Other information
Electrified 1927
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Station code STR
Owned by RailCorp
Operator Sydney Trains
Opal Active
Website Link
Services
Preceding station   Sydney Trains   Following station
towards Emu Plains or Richmond
T1
Western Line
towards Central
towards Epping
T1
Northern Line
towards Campbelltown
T2
Inner West & South Line
towards Circular Quay
Terminus
T7
Olympic Park Line
(occasional services only)
towards Central
Preceding station   NSW TrainLink   Following station
towards Bathurst
Blue Mountains Line
Terminus
towards Newcastle
Newcastle and Central Coast Line
towards Broken Hill or Dubbo
NSW TrainLink Western
towards Moree or Armidale
NSW TrainLink North Western
towards Grafton, Casino or Brisbane
NSW TrainLink North Coast

Strathfield railway station is a major interchange station on the Sydney Trains network and is also a stop for trains on the NSW TrainLink network. The station acts as a hub for buses serving the northern part of the inner west of Sydney. Strathfield is located on the Main Suburban railway line and has Easy Access for wheelchairs.

The suburb of Strathfield includes many high-rise apartments and a number of shopping centres such as Strathfield Plaza. These are mostly on the southern side of the station along with a large taxi stand and bus terminal.

Strathfield is the 9th most patronised railway station in Sydney (out of a total of 176 stations), with an average of 19,800 passengers boarding per day.

History[edit]

Former Strathfield station

The first platforms were opened as Redmyre in 1877. The name was changed to Strathfield on 29 August 1900.[1] The current platforms were completed on 7 March 1927.[2] In addition, a platform and building was erected at the up end of platform 8 which provided a mortuary receiving facility.[3] This was subsequently converted to a store for the Railway Refreshment Room on the station.

Rail traffic in the Strathfield area has been controlled from Strathfield signal box, which is actually situated at Homebush, since 1983. Signalling at Strathfield is controlled by an entrance-exit (NX) route control panel with an early automatic route setting (ARS) system, which was manufactured by Westinghouse in the United Kingdom. This system is connected to double light colour light signals and electro-pneumatic switch machines on the ground. The 1926-vintage power box, which had a Westinghouse miniature lever frame, still stands to the west end of platform 8.


Platforms and services[edit]

Aerial view of the station

The station has eight platforms, with the northern platforms (1–3) serving NSW Trainlink and inter-city trains; (4–6) serving the North Shore, Northern and Western Line; and the southern platforms (7–8) serving the Airport Inner West & South Line. On the north end of the station is a stop for Murrays, Greyhound Australia and other road coach services.

Access to the platforms is via a pedestrian subway with ramps on either side of the subway leading up to the platforms. The ramps are too steep for disabled passengers, so lifts have also been provided. An indicator board is located in the centre of the subway. The subway can get congested at peak times.

The station is served by thirteen to sixteen trains per hour each way, with additional trains during weekday peak hours.

Platform Line Stopping pattern Notes
1 Central Coast & Newcastle Line Intercity services to Sydney Terminal.
NSW TrainLink North Western Country services to Sydney (1 per day) (set down only)
NSW TrainLink North Coast Country services to Sydney (3 per day) (set down only)
Northern Line Suburban all stations and limited stops services to Central and North Sydney via the City, then on to Hornsby via Macquarie Park. Occasionally used.
2 Blue Mountains Line Intercity services to Sydney Terminal. Peak hour some intercity services proceed along the North Shore Line.
Olympic Park Line Suburban weekday off-peak and special event limited stops services to Central.
NSW TrainLink Western Country services to Sydney (1 per day, 2 on Tuesdays).
Carlingford Line Suburban express service stopping Redfern and Central. One service per weekday.
T1 Western Line Suburban all stations and limited stops services to Central; then on to the North Shore Line. Occasionally used.
3 Blue Mountains Line Intercity services to Springwood, Katoomba, Mount Victoria and Lithgow via Parramatta.
Central Coast & Newcastle Line Intercity services to Gosford, Wyong and Newcastle via Eastwood.
Olympic Park Line Suburban weekday off-peak and special event limited stops services to Olympic Park.
NSW TrainLink Western Country services to Dubbo (1 per day) and Broken Hill (1 per week).
NSW TrainLink North Western Country services to Armidale & Moree (1 per day).
NSW TrainLink North Coast Country services to Grafton (1 per day), Casino (1 per day) and Brisbane (1 per day).
Suburban all stations and limited stops services to Richmond, Penrith and Emu Plains via Parramatta and Blacktown. Occasionally used.
Suburban all stations and limited stops services to Epping via Eastwood; peak hour services to Hornsby via Eastwood. Occasionally used.
4
Suburban all stations and limited stops services to Central, then Chatswood and beyond.
Suburban all stations and limited stops services to Central and the City Circle. Occasionally used.
5
Suburban all stations and limited stops services to Central and North Sydney via the City, then Chatswood and beyond.
6
Suburban all stations and limited stops services to Richmond, Penrith and Emu Plains via Parramatta and Blacktown.
Suburban all stations and limited stops services to Epping via Eastwood; peak hour services to Hornsby via Eastwood. Change at Epping for all stations to Hornsby.
Suburban all stations and limited services to Glenfield and Campbelltown via Granville. Occasionally used.
7
Suburban all stations and limited stops services to Central and the City Circle.
8
Suburban all stations and limited services to Glenfield and Campbelltown via Granville and Homebush.

Bus services[edit]

Sydney Buses runs the following routes via Strathfield station:

Transdev NSW runs three routes via Strathfield railway station:

Punchbowl Bus Company runs the following route via Strathfield Station:

NightRide runs the following routes via Strathfield station:

Image gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Department of Railways Research and Information Section (1966) Railway Quiz (Department of Railways) p11
  2. ^ Stations & Tracks Vol.1 Main Suburban State Rail Authority 1988
  3. ^ 125 Years of the Sydney to Parramatta Railway Preston, R.G. NSW Rail Transport Museum ISBN 0-909862-13-3