Werris Creek railway station

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Werris Creek
Werris Creek railway station.JPG
Station statistics
Address Werris Creek Road, Werris Creek
New South Wales, Australia
Coordinates 31°20′58″S 150°38′47″E / 31.349541°S 150.646253°E / -31.349541; 150.646253Coordinates: 31°20′58″S 150°38′47″E / 31.349541°S 150.646253°E / -31.349541; 150.646253
Elevation 382 metres (1,253 ft)
Line(s) Main North line
Distance 410 km (250 mi) from Central
Structure type Ground
Platforms 2
Tracks 2
Other information
Station code WCK
Owned by RailCorp
Operator NSW TrainLink
Services
Preceding station   NSW TrainLink   Following station
towards Armidale
NSW TrainLink North Western
towards Sydney
towards Moree
Preceding station   NSW Main lines   Following station
towards Wallangarra
Main North Line
towards Sydney
towards Mungindi
Mungindi Line Terminus

Werris Creek Railway Station opened at Werris Creek, New South Wales in 1878, and was moved to its present location in 1880.[1] The heritage listed Werris Creek railway station building, built in the late 1880s, was designed by John Whitton, the Engineer-in-Charge for the New South Wales Railways.

For approximately 70 years Werris Creek was the largest railway centre in the north of NSW. At its peak in the mid 20th century it incorporated extensive facilities. By the mid-1970s large shunting yards like Werris Creek were becoming obsolete. By the 1980s many structures such as carriage sheds, goods sheds, stockyards, loading banks and fuel terminals had been or were being removed from many yards in NSW, including from Werris Creek.[2]

On 1 October 2005 the Australian Railway Monument was opened near the station and part of the station building has been opened as a railway museum. A historic display depicts the history of Werris Creek as the first railway town in Australia from the age of steam through to the modern day diesel.[2]

Today, Werris Creek station is served by the daily NSW TrainLink Xplorer service to and from Sydney which amalgamates/divides at the station, half the train to and from Armidale, the other half to and from Moree. The train to Armidale/Moree divides at 3:34pm and the train to Sydney amalgamates at 11:29am.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Werris Creek Railway Station. NSWrail.net. Retrieved 1 April 2008.
  2. ^ a b "Werris Creek Railway Precinct". NSW State Heritage Register. Government of New South Wales: Office of Environment & Heritage. 25 August 2008. Retrieved 5 April 2012.