Dapto railway station
Platforms 1-3 in October 2018
|Location||Station Street, Dapto|
New South Wales
|Owned by||Transport Asset Holding Entity|
|Operated by||NSW TrainLink|
|Distance||95.047 km from Central|
|Train operators||NSW TrainLink|
|Bicycle facilities||Bike racks|
|Architectural style||Late Victorian|
|Website||Transport for NSW|
|Opened||9 January 1887|
|Electrified||24 January 1993|
|Passengers (2013)||500 (daily) (Sydney Trains, NSW TrainLink)|
The railway from Clifton to North Kiama, opened in 1887, passed through the sparsely-settled rural district of Dapto. Although the station was built some distance south of the existing village centre (that area, now called Brownsville, was considered too swampy) the platform building was significantly larger than any other south of Wollongong – of a scale usually reserved for medium-sized country towns. The commercial centre of Dapto duly migrated south to be nearer the station.
The approach to the platform building from Station Street is via a circular driveway through Hartigan Park, planted with brush box and Canary Island date palm. (Today, the park also contains Korean and Vietnam war memorials.)
Entry is via a gabled entry porch flanked by small verandahs. The building is made of weatherboard, with a complex, gabled roof clad in corrugated steel. The building was renovated in the 1920s and again in 1970. The original toilet block was replaced with the current blond-brick structure in 1971.
Dapto served as the interchange point between diesel multiple units to Bomaderry and electric multiple units to Wollongong and Sydney from 1993 until the Kiama electrification in 2001. To accommodate the interchange, a new platform 1 was built on the western side of the station, and a new dock platform (3) was added to the northern end of the main platform, which was renumbered platform 2. Access between platforms 1 and 2 is via the Bong Bong Road level crossing on the southern end of the platforms. Additional minor upgrades were completed in 2013 and 2014.
In 2014, the railway station was featured in the first episode of an online animated series called Damo and Darren where the two main characters argue over a lighter.
Platforms & services
|1||services to Kiama, Sydney Central & Bondi Junction|||
|2||services to Kiama, Sydney Central & Bondi Junction|||
|3||terminating services to & from Sydney Central & Bondi Junction||dock platform|
Premier Illawarra operates five routes via Dapto station:
- 31: Wollongong to Horsley
- 33: to Wollongong
- 37: Wollongong Beach to Wollongong station via Oak Flats & Shellharbour anti-clockwise loop
- 41: to University of Wollongong
- 57: Wollongong station to Wollongong Beach via Shellharbour & Oak Flats clockwise loop
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- Bureau of Transport Statistics (November 2012). Compendium of Sydney Rail Travel Statistics, 8th Edition.
- Bureau of Transport Statistics. "Train Statistics 2014" (PDF). Transport NSW. Retrieved 13 July 2018.
- Office of Environment & Heritage (29 May 2009). "Dapto railway station group".
- City of Wollongong Library (29 June 2015). "Suburb profile: Dapto".
- "Dapto electrics spark timetable changes" Railway Digest February 1993
- Opal card available on all Sydney trains by next Friday Sydney Morning Herald 20 March 2014
- Australia's Beavis and Butthead: Damo and Darren "Sydney Morning Herald 5 April 2014
- "South Coast line timetable". Transport for NSW.
- "Premier Illawarra route 31". Transport for NSW.
- "Premier Illawarra route 33". Transport for NSW.
- "Premier Illawarra route 37". Transport for NSW.
- "Premier Illawarra route 41". Transport for NSW.
- "Premier Illawarra route 57". Transport for NSW.
- "Southern Highlands line timetable". Transport for NSW.