Werris Creek railway station

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Werris Creek
Werris Creek railway station.JPG
Platform 1 in October 2009
Station statistics
Address Werris Creek Road, Werris Creek
Coordinates 31°30′19″S 150°40′52″E / 31.5054°S 150.6811°E / -31.5054; 150.6811
Line(s) Main Northern
Mungindi
Distance 410.70 kilometres from Central
Structure type Ground
Platforms 2
Other information
Opened 1880
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Station code WCK
Owned by RailCorp
Operator NSW TrainLink
Services
Preceding station   NSW Main lines   Following station
towards Wallangarra
Main North Line
towards Sydney
towards Mungindi
Mungindi Line Terminus
Preceding station   NSW TrainLink   Following station
towards Armidale
NSW TrainLink North Western
towards Sydney
towards Moree

Werris Creek railway station is located at the junction of the Main North and Mungindi lines in New South Wales, Australia. It serves the town of Werris Creek, opening in 1880.

History[edit]

The present Werris Creek station opened in 1880, replacing a temporary station opened when the Main North line was extended from Quirindi to West Tamworth in October 1878. The late 1880s built, heritage listed station building, was designed by John Whitton and is the third largest in the state.[1][2][3]

Werris Creek is a major junction, with the Main North, Mungindi and Binnaway lines all intersecting in the region. It was the first, and remains the last, railway town in New South Wales.[3][4] In 1913, a locomotive depot opened with a roundhouse built in 1920.[5]

For approximately 70 years Werris Creek was the largest railway centre in Northern New South Wales, the depot alone employing 800.[4]

In 1896 a locomotive shed formerly in use in Gunnedah was erected opposite the station. In 1917, a 10 stall roundhouse was erected one kilometre south of the station, with a further five stalls added in 1920. In November 1954, the 23 metre turntable was replaced by a 32 metr example to allow 60 class locomotives to be turned.[6]

From the 1970s, the railway began to decline, but it still remains an important part of the network, with Pacific National still using the depot.[2]

Monument & Museum[edit]

On 1 October 2005, the Australian Railway Monument was opened near the station and part of the station building has been opened as the Werris Creek Rail Journeys 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][7]

The Australian Railway Monument commemorates railway men and women who have lost their lives in railway accidents since 1850. The landscaped monument area features six large sculptures of railway workers, an amphitheatre for public concerts and over 2,400 names on walls of remembrance.[3]

Services[edit]

Werris Creek is served by NSW TrainLink's daily Northern Tablelands Xplorer service. The service from Sydney divides south of the station before continuing to Armidale and Moree.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Werris Creek Station NSWrail.net
  2. ^ a b c Werris Creek Railway Precinct NSW Environment & Heritage
  3. ^ a b c Australian Rail Monument & Museum Destination NSW
  4. ^ a b Werris Creek - a town devoted to the railway Heritage Australia
  5. ^ "Byways of Steam - Murrurundi" Roundhouse October 1981 page 22
  6. ^ "Locomotive Depot No 9: Werris Creek" Roundhouse" July 1986 pages 4-28
  7. ^ Brochure Australian Railway Monument & Rail Journeys Museum
  8. ^ North Western timetable NSW TrainLink 20 October 2013

External links[edit]

Media related to Werris Creek station at Wikimedia Commons