Carlingford railway station
Southbound view in August 2012
|Location||Lloyds Avenue, Carlingford|
|Operated by||Sydney Trains|
|Distance||27.85 kilometres from Central|
|Website||Transport for NSW|
|Opened||20 April 1896|
|Previous names||Pennant Hills|
|Passengers (2013)||370 (daily) (Sydney Trains, NSW TrainLink)|
Carlingford station was built as the terminus of a new privately owned railway from Rosehill. The Cumberland Argus and Fruitgrowers' Advocate of 12 January 1895 described the plans for the station:
The stations will also be first-class structures. At Cox's at Carlingford there will be approaches to the station on two sides. On the right hand side travelling north will be the main station building, and a covered platform 300 feet long. On the left hand side will be a goods siding. ... All the buildings will be of weatherboard. The plans are all ready, but tenders have not yet been accepted.
The station opened on 20 April 1896 as Pennant Hills, but the line was never used, as the owner had got into financial difficulty. Pennant Hills was supposed to be a temporary terminus, as it was originally intended to extend the line to Dural. The initial section of line was eventually taken over and upgraded by the government. It opened for traffic on 1 August 1901 and the Pennant Hills station was renamed Carlingford. After the government took control of the line, it directed the Public Works Committee to conduct an investigation into the value of the Dural extension. The committee ultimately decided not to support construction of the extension.
The Carlingford Produce Store is located adjacent to the station. It included facilities to load grain onto railway wagons. Some of this infrastructure is still extant today. A large amount of land lies behind the station, for future extensions of the line.
Parramatta Rail Link
A major development of Carlingford station - and the Carlingford line - was proposed as part of the Parramatta to Chatswood Rail Link project. The Epping to Parramatta section of the project was postponed indefinitely in 2003 by then-New South Wales Transport Minister Michael Costa citing a lack of projected passenger numbers and economic viability.
However, on 11 August 2010, the federal Labor Party promised $2.6 billion towards a revival of the project, as part of the party's successful campaign to retain government at that year's election. Carlingford would have been rebuilt as an underground station. Work was due to start in 2011, with a prospected 2017 finish, but the NSW Liberal Government cancelled the project, instead requesting that Federal funding be diverted to an upgrade of the Pacific Highway. The Federal Government responded by revoking the funding altogether.
Platforms & services
|1||Terminating services to and from Clyde|||
Hillsbus operates one route via Carlingford station:
State Transit operates three routes via Carlingford station:
- 513: to Meadowbank (weekdays only)
- 546: Parramatta to Epping
- M54: Parramatta station to Macquarie Park
Carlingford station is served by one NightRide route:
- Bureau of Transport Statistics. "Train Statistics 2014" (PDF). Transport NSW. Retrieved 13 July 2018.
- "The Rosehill-Pennant Hills Railway - Steady work going on". The Cumberland Argus and Fruitgrowers' Advocate. 12 January 1895. Retrieved 12 December 2016.
- "Notification of resumption of land under Simpson's Railway Act of 1893". New South Wales Government Gazette. Retrieved 13 December 2016.
- "The Rosehill-Dural Railway". The Cumberland Argus and Fruitgrowers' Advocate. 24 March 1894. Retrieved 13 December 2016.
- "Carlingford Railway". The Town and Country Journal. 10 August 1901. Retrieved 12 December 2016.
- Telopea Station NSWrail.net
- "Carlingford-Dural Railway - the proposal rejected". The Cumberland Argus and Fruitgrowers' Advocate. 20 February 1904. Retrieved 13 December 2016.
- "Carlingford Produce Store". Office of Environment & Heritage. Retrieved 13 December 2016.
- Big-ticket items go as Costa redrafts transport blueprint Sydney Morning Herald 22 August 2003
- Johnson, Stephen (13 June 2012). "Pacific Hwy should trump rail: O'Farrell". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 17 July 2013.
- Aston, Heath (29 May 2013). "Missing link: PM axes $2b Parramatta plan". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 17 July 2013.
- "Parramatta Light Rail - How the preferred network was chosen". Transport for NSW. Archived from the original on 10 December 2015. Retrieved 8 December 2015.
- "T6: Carlingford line timetable". Transport for NSW.
- "Hillsbus route 625". Transport for NSW.
- "State Transit route 513". Transport for NSW.
- "State Transit route 546". Transport for NSW.
- "State Transit route M54". Transport for NSW.
- "N61 Nightride". Transport for NSW.