North Shore, Northern & Western Line

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North Shore, Northern & Western Line
T1 logo.png
Mode Commuter rail line
Operator(s) Sydney Trains
Depot(s) Hornsby Maintenance Depot
Auburn Maintenance Facility
Line colour Yellow
Key dates
1855 Main Suburban railway line opened
1863 Main Western railway line opened
1864 Richmond railway line opened
1886 Main Northern railway line opened
1890 North Shore railway line opened
1932 North Shore and Western lines connected
2009 Epping to Chatswood railway line opened
2013 Northern Line services grouping with
North Shore and Western lines
Route map
Newcastle & Central Coast Line
44.7 km Berowra
40.7 km Mount Kuring-gai
37.7 km Mount Colah
35.7 km Asquith
Hornsby depot
Cudgegong Road
35.3 km / 25.2 km Hornsby
Sydney T-Way logo (simplified).svg Rouse Hill
Sydney T-Way logo (simplified).svg Kellyville
33.1 km Normanhurst
Sydney T-Way logo (simplified).svg Kellyville
30.8 km Thornleigh
Sydney T-Way logo (simplified).svg Bella Vista
30.0 km Pennant Hills
Pennant Hills Road
Norwest
28.3 km Beecroft
Hills Centre
26.8 km Cheltenham
Castle Hill
Cherrybrook
24.2 km Waitara
Pacific Motorway
22.6 km Wahroonga
21.9 km Warrawee
M2 Hills Motorway
20.8 km Turramurra
proposed North West Rail Link
18.9 km Pymble
Epping 23.4 km / 24.8 km
Mona Vale Road
Macquarie University 20.9 km
17.1 km Gordon
Macquarie Park 19.6 km
15.9 km Killara
North Ryde 18.2 km
14.6 km Lindfield
13.3 km Roseville
Eastwood 21.4 km
Denistone 20.2 km
11.7 km Chatswood
West Ryde 19.2 km
10.3 km Artarmon
Victoria Road
Gore Hill Freeway
Meadowbank 18.2 km
8.4 km St Leonards
7.2 km Wollstonecraft
6.1 km Waverton
Luna Park siding
 5.1 km North Sydney
4.4 km Milsons Point
Parramatta River
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Rhodes 16.6 km
City Circle
Homebush Bay Drive
2.1 km Wynyard
Concord West 14.5 km
1.1 km Town Hall
North Strathfield 13.4 km
M4 Western Motorway
0 km Central Sydney CountryLink logo simplified.svg Sydney metro logo.svg
Parramatta Road
1.3 km Redfern
Macdonaldtown
Newtown
King Street
Stanmore
Petersham
Lewisham
Inner West Light Rail Sydney metro logo.svg
Summer Hill
Ashfield
Croydon
10.6 km Burwood
11.8 km Strathfield
Homebush
Flemington
Metropolitan Goods line
Flemington Depot
Olympic Park
16.6 km Lidcombe
Bankstown line
Olympic Drive
18.6 km Auburn
Duck River
18.6 km Clyde
Carlingford line
21.4 km Granville
South line
Parramatta Road
Cumberland line
M4 Western Motorway
22.5 km Harris Park
23.2 km Parramatta Sydney CountryLink logo simplified.svg Sydney T-Way logo (simplified).svg
25.1 km Westmead Sydney T-Way logo (simplified).svg
26.7 km Wentworthville
Cumberland Highway
28.3 km Pendle Hill
29.9 km Toongabbie
32.1 km Seven Hills
34.8 km Blacktown Sydney CountryLink logo simplified.svg Sydney T-Way logo (simplified).svg
Marayong 37.4 km
38.6 km Doonside
Westlink M7
Quakers Hill 40.1 km
40.9 km Rooty Hill
Schofields 43.8 km
43.3 km Mount Druitt
Riverstone 46.0 km
47.4 km St Marys
Vineyard 49.2 km
49.1 km Werrington
Mulgrave 52.6 km
52.7 km Kingswood
The Northern Road
Windsor 55.0 km
55.1 km Penrith Sydney CountryLink logo simplified.svg
Clarendon 57.2 km
Nepean River
East Richmond 60.0 km
57.4 km Emu Plains
Richmond 60.7 km
Blue Mountains Line

The North Shore, Northern & Western Line (numbered T1, coloured yellow) is a grouping of three commuter rail lines operated by Sydney Trains in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. It serves the North Shore, Northern Suburbs and parts of the Inner West and Western Suburbs.

History[edit]

Following victory in the 2011 New South Wales election, the O'Farrell Government embarked on reform of transport in New South Wales. In November 2011, a new organisation, Transport for NSW, was created to improve planning and coordination of transport projects and services. The organisation developed a new rail timetable and branding, which was put into effect on 20 October 2013. This saw the grouping together of the North Shore Line and Western Line (Berowra - City via Gordon then to Emu Plains or Richmond via Strathfield) with the Northern Line (Hornsby - City via Macquarie Park then to Epping via Strathfield). A new numbering system was also introduced and the line was given the number T1. The whole group of lines is colour coded yellow.

Railway line history[edit]

The North Shore, Northern & Western Line utilises a number of different railway lines and is the result of various schemes to link the lines together. The line is centred around the Main Suburban railway line which runs from Central to Granville. The Main Northern and Main Western lines branch from the Main Suburban Line and it was later connected to the North Shore Line. The Epping to Chatswood line provides a second connection between the Main Northern and North Shore lines, enabling the creation of the North Shore, Northern & Western Line's current layout.

Main Western and Richmond lines[edit]

Diagram of Western line prior to merger in 2013

The Main Western Line opened to Penrith in 1863 as a double track branch from the junction with the Main South line at Granville.[1] Electrification reached Parramatta in 1928 and Penrith in 1955.[2]

A branch line was opened to Richmond in 1864 under the stewardship of engineer James Moore. Electrification from Riverstone to Richmond opened in August 1991.[3] Through running to and from Sydney commenced in 1992.

Trains from the Main Western and Richmond lines run as the Western Line and services often continue onto the North Shore Line. The Western Line and North Shore lines are colour coded yellow even before the 2013 timetable revamp.

North Shore Line[edit]

Diagram of the Northern Line and North Shore Line between 2009 and 2013. The red line is the Northern Line and the yellow line is the North Shore Line

The North Shore Line was opened on 1 January 1890 between Hornsby and St Leonards. The line was extended to the Sydney Harbour foreshore at Milsons Point on 1 May 1893. Transport between this original Milsons Point station and central Sydney was by ferry boat. In 1927 the line was converted to electric operation using a 1500 volt DC, overhead supply.

When the Sydney Harbour Bridge was opened in 19 March 1932 a new Milsons Point station (on the bridge approach) came into operation and the North Shore Line was extended through it and over the Sydney Harbour Bridge to link with the underground lines of central Sydney. The result is that the two ends of the North Shore Line link to the Sydney railway system at Central and Hornsby.

Trains from the North Shore Line run as the North Shore Line and services often continue onto the Western Line. The Western Line and North Shore lines are colour coded yellow even before the 2013 timetable revamp.

Main Northern and Epping to Chatswood lines[edit]

Diagram of the Northern Line prior to the opening of the Epping to Chatswood railway line in 2009

The traditional Northern Line was the suburban portion of the Main Northern Line which opened in as a single track line 1886. In 1892, the line was duplicated to Hornsby,[4] and electrified in 1926 as part of the Bradfield electrification scheme. When the Sydney Harbour Bridge was opened, the Northern Line was connected to the City underground and the North Shore line.

In 2009 the Epping to Chatwood Line was opened. The traditional Northern line route originally ran from Hornsby to North Sydney via Strathfield and the City. When the Epping to Chatswood Line opened, the Northern Line was split in two, with trains from north of Epping operating via the new link, approaching the city via the North Shore Line and rejoining the traditional route before terminating at Epping. The Northern Line were colour coded red until the 2013 timetable revamp. In the revamp, the Northern Line loop was split, with weekday trains from the upper Northern Line continuing to Richmond or Emu Plains, while occasional weekend trains from the upper Northern Line terminate at Chatswood.

Route[edit]

The route is complex and features many branches. It passes through a number of business districts and major centres, namely Hornsby, Macquarie Park, Chatswood, North Sydney, the Central Business District, Parramatta, Blacktown and Penrith.

The line heads south from Berowra to Hornsby to using the Main Northern Line. Trains from this branch then divert on to the North Shore Line. A second branch starts at Hornsby and continues down the Main Northern Line to Epping. At Epping the line heads underground to the Macquarie employment centre and Chatswood via the Epping to Chatswood Line. The line surfaces at Chatswood and joins the Berowra branch on the North Shore Line for the run south towards the City. Trains pass through North Sydney station before heading across the Sydney Harbour Bridge, through the western limb of the City Circle and the stations of Central and Redfern.

Services then run along the Main Suburban Railway, usually using the middle 'Suburban' pair of the six tracks between Redfern and Strathfield. Services do not stop at intermediate stations between Redfern and Burwood. At Strathfield, trains to Epping via Rhodes usually head onto a flyover over the 'Main lines', before heading north back on the Main Northern Line, crossing the Parramatta River between Rhodes and Meadowbank, and terminating at Epping's surface platforms. Other services continue west from Strathfield to Granville where trains join the Main Western Line. After passing through Parramatta, trains reach Blacktown, where the line divides in two. A western branch continues along the Main Western Line as far as Emu Plains and a north-western branch heads to Richmond using the Richmond Line.

Services[edit]

There are no general stopping patterns for services during weekdays peak hours. However there are general stopping patterns for other times. Services stated here do not include express trains between City and Blue Mountains or Newcastle.

Stopping Patterns (Weekdays outside peak hours)

  • Hornsby to and from Epping (surface) all stations to Chatswood via Gordon, all stations to North Sydney, all stations to Central, Redfern, Burwood and Strathfield, then all stations to Epping. (2 trains per hour)
  • Berowra to and from Epping (surface) via all stations to Chatswood via Gordon, all stations to North Sydney, all stations to Central, Redfern, Burwood and Strathfield, then all stations to Epping. (2 trains per hour)
  • Hornsby to and from Richmond via all stations to Epping (underground), Macquarie University, Macquarie Park, North Ryde, Chatswood, all stations to North Sydney, all stations to Central, Redfern, Strathfield, (Lidcombe / Granville), Parramatta, (Westmead, Seven Hills) and Blacktown then all stations to Richmond. (2 trains per hour)
  • Hornsby to and from Penrith via all stations to Epping (underground), Macquarie University, Macquarie Park, North Ryde, Chatswood, all stations to North Sydney, all stations to Central, Redfern, Strathfield, (Lidcombe / Granville), Parramatta, (Westmead, Seven Hills) and Blacktown then all stations to Penrith (2 trains per hour)
  • North Sydney to and from Emu Plains via all stations to Central, Redfern, Burwood, Strathfield, Lidcombe, all stations to Penrith and Emu Plains. (2 trains per hour)

Stopping Patterns (Weekends)

  • Berowra to and from Penrith, via all stations to Chatswood via Gordon, all stations to North Sydney, all stations to Central, Redfern, Strathfield, Lidcombe, all stations to Granville, Parramatta, Westmead, Seven Hills, Blacktown and all stations to Penrith. (2 trains per hour)
  • Hornsby to and from Richmond via all stations to Chatswood via Gordon, all stations to North Sydney, all stations to Central, Redfern, Burwood, Strathfield, Lidcombe, Granville, Harris Park, Parramatta, all stations to Blacktown and all stations to Richmond. (2 trains per hour)
  • Hornsby to and from Epping (surface) via all stations to Epping (underground), Macquarie University, Macquarie Park, North Ryde, Chatswood, Artarmon, St Leonards, North Sydney all stations to Central, Redfern, Burwood, Strathfield and all stations to Epping. (2 trains per hour)
  • Hornsby to and from Chatswood via all stations to Epping (underground), Macquarie University, Macquarie Park and North Ryde. (2 trains per hour)

Emu Plains is served by the Blue Mountains Line on weekends.

Stations[edit]

Name Code Distance from
Central
[5][6][7][8]
Opened
[5][6][7][8]
Railway Line Serving Suburbs Connection with other Lines
Berowra - Chatswood via Gordon
Berowra BER 44.7 km 1887 Main Northern Berowra NSW TrainLink
Mount Kuring-gai MKI 40.7 km 1901 Main Northern Mount Kuring-gai NSW TrainLink*
*limited services only
Mount Colah MCL 37.7 km 1887 Main Northern Mount Colah NSW TrainLink*
*limited services only
Asquith ASQ 35.7 km 1915 Main Northern Asquith NSW TrainLink*
*limited services only
Hornsby HBY 33.9 km 1886 North Shore Hornsby, Waitara NSW TrainLink
Waitara WAI 24.2 km 1895 North Shore Waitara
Wahroonga WRO 22.6 km 1890 North Shore Wahroonga
Warrawee WAE 21.9 km 1900 North Shore Warrawee, Wahroonga
Turramurra TRM 20.8 km 1890 North Shore Turramurra
Pymble PYM 18.9 km 1890 North Shore Pymble, West Pymble
Gordon GDN 17.1 km 1890 North Shore Gordon, West Pymble
Killara KIL 15.9 km 1899 North Shore Killara, East Lindfield
Lindfield LFD 14.6 km 1890 North Shore Lindfield, West Lindfield, East Lindfield
Roseville RSV 13.3 km 1890 North Shore Roseville
Hornsby - Chatswood via Macquarie University
Hornsby HBY 35.3 km 1886 Main Northern Hornsby, Waitara NSW TrainLink
Normanhurst NMH 33.1 km 1895 Main Northern Normanhurst
Thornleigh THL 30.8 km 1886 Main Northern Thornleigh, Westleigh
Pennant Hills PLL 30 km 1886 Main Northern Pennant Hills, Cherrybrook
Beecroft BCF 28.3 km 1886 Main Northern Beecroft
Cheltenham CHT 26.8 km 1898 Main Northern Cheltenham
Epping (underground) EPG 24.8 km 2009 Epping to Chatswood Epping, North Epping, Marsfield NSW TrainLink
Macquarie University MCU 20.9 km 2009 Epping to Chatswood Macquarie University, Marsfield
Macquarie Park MQP 19.6 km 2009 Epping to Chatswood Macquarie Park
North Ryde NRQ 18.2 km 2009 Epping to Chatswood North Ryde
Chatswood - Strathfield
Chatswood CWD 11.7 km 1890 North Shore Chatswood
Artarmon ATO 10.3 km 1898 North Shore Artarmon, Willoughby, Narenburn
St Leonards STL 8.4 km 1890 North Shore St Leonards, Gore Hill,
Osbourne Park, Greenwich
Wollstonecraft WSC 7.2 km 1893 North Shore Wollstonecraft, Greenwich
Waverton WVT 6.1 km 1893 North Shore Waverton, Lavender Bay, North Sydney
North Sydney NSY 5.1 km 1932 North Shore North Sydney, Crows Nest
Milsons Point MPT 4.4 km 1932 North Shore Milsons Point, Kirribilli
Wynyard WYN 2.1 km 1932 North Shore Sydney CBD, The Rocks, Millers Point Airport, Inner West & South Line
Bankstown Line
Town Hall TWH 1.2 km 1932 North Shore Sydney CBD,
Darling Harbour
Airport, Inner West & South Line
Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra Line
Bankstown Line
NSW TrainLink*

*limited services only

Central CEN 0 km 1855 North Shore Sydney CBD, Chippendale,
Strawberry Hills, Ultimo, Surrey Hills
Airport, Inner West & South Line
Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra Line
Bankstown Line
NSW TrainLink
Redfern RDF 1.3 km 1878 Main Suburban Redfern, Waterloo, Darlington, Airport, Inner West & South Line
Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra Line
Bankstown Line
NSW TrainLink*

*peak hours only

Burwood BUW 10.6 km 1855 Main Suburban Burwood Airport, Inner West & South Line
Strathfield SFD 11.8 km 1876 Main Suburban Strathfield Airport, Inner West & South Line
NSW TrainLink
Strathfield - Epping
North Strathfield NST 13.4 km 1918 Main Northern North Strathfield, Concord West, Concord
Concord West CCW 14.5 km 1887 Main Northern Concord West, Liberty Grove, Concord
Rhodes RHS 16.6 km 1886 Main Northern Rhodes, Liberty Grove
Meadowbank MEB 18.2 km 1887 Main Northern Meadowbank, Shepherd's Bay,
Putney, Melrose Park
West Ryde WSR 19.2 km 1886 Main Northern West Ryde, Ryde
Denistone DST 20.2 km 1937 Main Northern Denistone
Eastwood EAW 21.4 km 1886 Main Northern Eastwood, Marsfield NSW TrainLink
Epping (aboveground) EPG 23.4 km 1886 Main Northern Epping, North Epping, Marsfield NSW TrainLink
Strathfield - Blacktown
Lidcombe LDC 16.6 km 1858 Main Suburban Lidcombe Airport, Inner West & South Line
Bankstown Line
Olympic Park Line
NSW TrainLink*

*limited services only

Auburn AUB 18.7 km 1877 Main Suburban Auburn Airport, Inner West & South Line
Clyde CLJ 20.6 km 1882 Main Suburban Clyde, Granville

Carlingford Line

Granville GRN 21.4 km 1860 Main Suburban Granville Airport, Inner West & South Line
NSW TrainLink*

*limited services only

Harris Park HPK 22.6 km After 1883 Main Western Harris Park Cumberland Line
Parramatta PTA 23.2 km 1860 Main Western Parramatta Cumberland Line
NSW TrainLink
Westmead WMD 25.1 km 1883 Main Western Westmead Cumberland Line
NSW TrainLink*

*limited services only

Wentworthville WWV 26.7 km 1883 Main Western Wentworthville Cumberland Line
Pendle Hill PDH 28.3 km 1924 Main Western Pendle Hill Cumberland Line
Toongabbie TBB 29.9 km 1880 Main Western Toongabbie Cumberland Line
Seven Hills SEV 32.1 km 1863 Main Western Seven Hills Cumberland Line
Blacktown BAK 34.8 km 1860 Main Western
Richmond
Blacktown Cumberland Line
NSW TrainLink
Blacktown - Emu Plains
Doonside DOD 38.6 km 1880 Main Western Doonside
Rooty Hill RYH 40.9 km 1861 Main Western Rooty Hill
Mount Druitt MTT 43.3 km 1881 Main Western Mount Druitt
St Marys STM 47.4 km 1862 Main Western St Marys, Dunheved
Werrington WRT 49.1 km 1868 Main Western Werrington
Kingswood KWD 52.7 km 1887 Main Western Kingswood
Penrith PEN 55.1 km 1863 Main Western Penrith NSW TrainLink
Emu Plains EPS 57.4 km 1868 Main Western Emu Plains, Emu Heights NSW TrainLink
Blacktown - Richmond
Marayong MYG 37.4 km 1922 Richmond Marayong Cumberland Line
Quakers Hill QKH 40.1 km 1872 Richmond Quakers Hill Cumberland Line
Schofields SFS 43.8 km 1870 Richmond Schofields Cumberland Line
Riverstone RVS 46.0 km 1864 Richmond Riverstone Cumberland Line
Vineyard VYR 49.2 km 1935 Richmond Vineyard
Mulgrave MUV 52.6 km 1864 Richmond Mulgrave
Windsor WSR 55.0 km 1864 Richmond Windsor
Clarendon CRD 57.2 km 1870 Richmond Clarendon
East Richmond ERD 60.0 km 1939 Richmond East Richmond, Richmond
Richmond RCD 60.7 km 1864 Richmond Richmond, North Richmond

Gallery[edit]

Aerial view of construction of the northern approach to the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The original railway alignment and construction work on the realignment for extension across the bridge can both be seen. 
First passenger train crossing the bridge, 19 March 1932 
A North Shore Line train crossing the Sydney Harbour Bridge

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Main West Line". Nswrail.net. Retrieved 3 January 2007. 
  2. ^ "Cheers for rail plan, now let's get it moving". Sydney Morning Herald, 9/6/2005. 10 June 2005. Retrieved 3 January 2007. 
  3. ^ "The Times Oct 1998". AATC. Retrieved 3 January 2007. 
  4. ^ "NSW Railway Passenger Services 1880-1905.". Australian Railway History, April 2005. ARHS NSW Division. 
  5. ^ a b "NSW Rail.net Main North line". Retrieved 3 July 2007. 
  6. ^ a b "NSW Rail.net North Shore line". Retrieved 3 July 2007. 
  7. ^ a b "NSW Rail.net City Circle". Retrieved 3 July 2007. 
  8. ^ a b "NSW Rail.net Main South line". Retrieved 3 July 2007. 

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