Sydenham railway station, Sydney

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Sydenham
Sydenham Station CityRail.jpg
Northbound view from Platform 1 in November 2011
Location Gleeson Avenue, Sydenham
Coordinates 33°54′52″S 151°10′00″E / 33.914525°S 151.1665333°E / -33.914525; 151.1665333Coordinates: 33°54′52″S 151°10′00″E / 33.914525°S 151.1665333°E / -33.914525; 151.1665333
Owned by RailCorp
Operated by Sydney Trains
Line(s) Illawarra
Bankstown
Distance 5.31 kilometres from Central
Platforms 6 (2 island, 2 side)
Tracks 6
Connections Bus
Construction
Structure type Ground
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Status Staffed
Station code SDN
Fare zone MyZone 1
Website Sydney Trains
History
Opened 15 October 1884
Electrified Yes
Previous names Marrickville
Services
Preceding station   Sydney Trains   Following station
towards Macarthur
T2
Airport Line
peak hours only
towards Circular Quay
towards Lidcombe or Liverpool
T3
Bankstown Line
towards City Circle
towards Waterfall or Cronulla
T4
Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra Line

Sydenham railway station is located on the Illawarra line, serving the Sydney suburb of Sydenham. It is served by Sydney Trains T2 South, T3 Bankstown and T4 Illawarra services.

History[edit]

Sydenham station opened on 15 October 1884 as Marrickville when the Illawarra line opened to Hurstville. It was renamed Sydenham on 19 January 1895.[1][2]

In 1896, Sydenham became a junction station with the opening of the Bankstown line with the current platforms 3 and 4 opened.[3] Two additional platform faces (now platforms 2 and 5) came with quadruplication in 1907. The substantial platform building on the current platform 2/3 island previously faced the street.

In 1928, the tracks were rearranged with the current Platform 2 closed and platform 6 opened in its place. In 1960-62, to relieve congestion at the station and in preparation for the planned Eastern Suburbs line, Platform 2 was re-opened and another platform, now Platform 1, built. This resulted in Bankstown line trains being re-routed from current platforms 3 and 4 to the new platforms. It had been intended that the tracks on platforms 1 and 2 would extend along the alignment to Erskineville as an adjunct to the Eastern Suburbs railway.[2]

This plan was never completed, although partial platforms were erected at St Peters and Erskineville in preparation. Because of this, Bankstown line trains continue to run on the same tracks as East Hills services, and the Bankstown line's junction with the Illawarra line has been merely moved from the south of Sydenham station to the north.[4] The construction of Platform 1 included a brick parcel office on the northern end of the platform. One of the few free-standing parcel offices on the Sydney network, it was in service until the 1980s. Now closed, the building itself remains standing.[2]

Sydenham station now has side platforms at both the eastern and western extremities of the station (platforms 1 and 6 respectively) and two island platforms for the four inner tracks. Platforms 1 and 2 serve the Bankstown Line and Platforms 5 and 6 serve the Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra Line. Prior to the oprning of the Airport line in May 2000, all East Hills line services operated via platforms 3 and 4. Most East Hills trains now run via the Airport line, although some peak hour services continue to travel via Sydenham using these platforms.

A new concourse including four lifts and new stairs to access the platforms opened in February 2013.[5] The upgrade also included new ticketing facilities, a new family accessible toilet and staff facilities.[6]

Immediately south of the station, the Metropolitan Goods Line to Port Botany crosses via a pratt truss bridge that opened in 1925, while beyond lies the XPT Service Centre.[7]

Platforms & services[edit]

Platform Line Stopping pattern Notes
1
services to Central & the City Circle Opened 1962[8]
2
services to Lidcombe & Liverpool via Bankstown Opened 1907, closed 1928, reopened 1962[8]
3
limited morning peak services to Central & the City Circle Original platform[9]
4
limited evening peak services to Campbelltown Original platform[9]
5
services to Bondi Junction Opened 1907[10]
6
services to Cronulla & Waterfall Opened 1928[10]

Transport links[edit]

Sydney Buses operate three routes via Sydenham station:

Trackplan[edit]

Track arrangement at Sydenham

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sydenham Station NSWrail.net
  2. ^ a b c Sydenham Railway Station Group NSW Environment & Heritage
  3. ^ "Station Information N to Z" JH Forsyth State Rail Authority 1997
  4. ^ Lunch Club Notes Australian Railway Historical Society
  5. ^ Improved public transport facilities for Sydenham commuters Transport for NSW
  6. ^ CityRail Update Bankstown and Inner West Edition August 2011
  7. ^ Sydenham (Illawarra Line) Underbridge NSW Environment & Heritage
  8. ^ a b T3 Bankstown Line timetable Sydney Trains 20 October 2013
  9. ^ a b T2 Airport Line timetable Sydney Trains 20 October 2013
  10. ^ a b T4 timetable Sydney Trains 20 October 2013
  11. ^ a b Routes 418 and 425 timetable Sydney Buses 26 October 2014
  12. ^ Route M30 timetable Sydney Buses

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