Berry railway station

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Berry
NSW TrainLink intercity train station
Gerringong · Bomaderry
Berry railway station
Location Station Road, Berry
New South Wales
Australia
Coordinates 34°46′50″S 150°41′47″E / 34.7805°S 150.6964°E / -34.7805; 150.6964Coordinates: 34°46′50″S 150°41′47″E / 34.7805°S 150.6964°E / -34.7805; 150.6964
Owned by RailCorp
Operated by NSW TrainLink
Line(s) South Coast
Distance 140.8 km from Central[1]
Platforms 1, 113 metres[1]
Train operators NSW TrainLink
Construction
Structure type At-grade
Parking Yes
Bicycle facilities Yes
Disabled access Easy Access
Other information
Website Sydney Trains
History
Opened 2 June 1893[2]
Traffic
Passengers (2014) 27,483[3]
Rank 254th of 307[4]

Berry is a single-platform intercity train station located in Berry, New South Wales, Australia, on the South Coast railway line. The station serves NSW TrainLink diesel multiple unit trains travelling south to Bomaderry and north to Kiama.[5] Early morning and late night services to the station are provided by train replacement bus services.[5] In the past, the station precinct also catered to freight trains carrying cattle and dairy products.[6]

The NSW Government Railways opened its South Coast Line extension, from Bombo to Bomaderry, on 2 June 1893. Berry Station was built to serve what was at the time the largest town on the alignment, and opened as part of this extension. The station, constructed by the firm of G. J. Featherstone & T. J. Barbel, included a passing loop, stationmaster's cottage, platform, waiting shed and goods shed. The main platform building contained a ticket office, general waiting room, 'ladies' room' and toilet. The buildings were constructed from weatherboard with corrugated steel roofs. Though the original plans called for a second platform and waiting shed, these did not eventuate.

The station precinct grew to include the Berry Central Butter Factory, cattle yards, and a number of residences for railway workers. A signal box was added in 1912, and a brick toilet block in 1979. Of the former goods yard, today only a small up siding opposite the station and a small down siding to the west remain.[1] With most of its 1893 buildings intact as of 2009, Berry Station is considered state-significant heritage by the Office of Environment & Heritage. As the buildings pre-date the standardisation of railway buildings such as cottages, they are relatively rare examples of their type.[6]

Two other stations in the district, Jaspers Brush to the south and Toolijooa to the north, opened at the same time, but were closed in 1974 as part of a network-wide rationalisation of low-patronage stations.[7][8]

Operations[edit]

The South Coast Line south of Kiama is non-electrified single track. Since 2001, most northbound trains from Berry have terminated at Kiama, requiring passengers to change to electric multiple unit services to Wollongong and Sydney. In 2005, then Minister for Transport John Watkins announced that electrification would be extended to the terminus at Bomaderry at an unspecified future date, but the proposal did not progress.[9]

Berry and Bomaderry were the last locations in the NSW metropolitan rail network to use the electric staff signalling system. The system, installed in 1908, was replaced with automated signalling in 2014.[10] The same year, electronic ticketing in the form of the Opal smart card became available at Berry.[11]

Platforms & Services[edit]

Platform Line Stopping pattern Notes
1 services to Kiama & Bomaderry (Nowra) [5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Asset Standards Authority (30 April 2015). "Train Operating Conditions (TOC) Manual – Track Diagrams (version 3.0)" (PDF). 
  2. ^ Bozier, Rolfe. "NSWrail.net: Berry Station". 
  3. ^ Bureau of Transport Statistics (March 2015). "Summary of train journeys (official patronage figures)". 
  4. ^ Bureau of Transport Statistics (November 2012). Compendium of Sydney Rail Travel Statistics, 8th Edition. 
  5. ^ a b c Sydney Trains (October 2014). "South Coast Line – Bomaderry or Port Kembla to Central and Bondi Junction". 
  6. ^ a b Office of Environment & Heritage (7 July 2009). "NSW heritage register: Berry railway station group". Retrieved 16 August 2015. 
  7. ^ Bozier, Rolfe. "NSWrail.net: Toolijooa Station". 
  8. ^ Longworth, Jim (November 2004). "A changing network: the historical context of lines and closures" (PDF). 
  9. ^ "Govt announces Kiama-Bomaderry rail electrification". ABC News. 1 July 2005. 
  10. ^ Sydney Trains. "End of the line: the electric train staff system – video transcript" (PDF). 
  11. ^ Opal card available on all Sydney trains by next Friday Sydney Morning Herald 20 March 2014

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