Bathurst railway station, New South Wales
Station front in April 2006
|Location||Keppel Street, Bathurst|
|Operated by||NSW TrainLink|
|Distance||239.90 kilometres from Central|
|Platforms||2 side (1 disused)|
|Opened||4 April 1876|
Bathurst station opened on 4 April 1876 when the Great Western Railway (now the Main Western line) was extended from Kelso. It was opened by the Governor of New South Wales, Hercules Robinson. It served as the terminus of the line until extended to Blayney on 1 November 1876.
Bathurst was developed into a major railway centre with a locomotive depot established to the north of the station in the 1879 with accommodation for eight locomotives. By 1917, Bathurst depot had a locomotive allocation of 72.
As well as working on the Main Western and Blayney-Demondrille lines, it provided bank engines for Tumulla Bank. This started a large railway workers' community and a Rail Institute, which made many jobs available and drew thousands of workers to Bathurst.
However Bathurst would remain an important railway centre, with Clyde Engineering, opening a facility in the eastern Bathurst suburb of Kelso in the 1970s. It would build 84 81 class and 15 DL class locomotives in the 1980s as well as overhaul locomotives. It closed in April 2014.
The station has two side platforms but only the northern side platform is in operation.
In 1903, Ben Chifley, who would become Prime Minister of Australia in July 1945, joined the New South Wales Government Railways at Bathurst as a shop boy and in March 1912 was promoted to become a driver. Chifley remaining based at Bathurst depot until resigning in November 1928 to become the Federal Member for Macquarie.
Bathurst is served by NSW TrainLink's Bathurst Bullet service to Sydney, the daily Central West XPT service operating between Sydney and Dubbo and the weekly Outback Xplorer between Sydney and Broken Hill.
|1||Services to & from Sydney Central|||
|Services to Sydney Central, Broken Hill and Dubbo|||
|Great Southern Rail||Indian Pacific to Sydney Central & Perth|||
|2||Not in use|
- Buildings Bathurst Regional Council
- Bathurst Railway Precinct NSW Environment & Heritage
- "Locomotive Depot No 4: Bathurst" Roundhouse" April 1986 pages 5-23
- Oberg, Leon (2007). Locomotives of Australia. Sydney: Rosenberg Publishing. p. 370. ISBN 9781877058547.
- Mood pretty sombre as Bathurst's Downer EDI plant shuts down Central Western Daily 1 May 2014
- Historic Milton Walking Tour Bathurst Regional Council
- Bathurst Railway Station Bathurst Attractions
- Chifley loco moves to Lithgow for restoration Lithgow State Mine Heritage Park & Railway
- "Blue Mountains line timetable" (PDF). NSW Trainlink. 20 October 2013 [amended January 2015].
- "Western timetable" (PDF). NSW Trainlink. 20 October 2013 [Updated 15 June 2013].
- "Indian Pacific timetable". Great Southern Rail. 2 August 2015.
- "Southern timetable" (PDF). NSW Trainlink. 20 October 2013 [Updated 30 June 2014].
- "Bathurst Route Bus timetable" (PDF). Bathurst Buslines. 5 December 2014.
- "Route 636 timetable" (PDF). Lithgow Buslines. 10 December 2014.