Goulburn railway station

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Street front in March 2006
Location Sloane Street, Goulburn
Coordinates 34°45′30″S 149°43′10″E / 34.758397°S 149.7194°E / -34.758397; 149.7194Coordinates: 34°45′30″S 149°43′10″E / 34.758397°S 149.7194°E / -34.758397; 149.7194
Owned by RailCorp
Operated by NSW TrainLink
Line(s) Main South
Distance 224.90 kilometres from Central
Platforms 3 (1 side, 1 island)
Tracks 3
Structure type Ground
Other information
Station code GUL
Website Sydney Trains
Opened 19 May 1869
Preceding station   NSW Main lines   Following station
towards Albury
Main Southern Line
towards Sydney
Preceding station   NSW Closed lines   Following station
towards Crookwell
Crookwell Line Terminus
Preceding station   NSW TrainLink   Following station
Terminus Southern Highlands Line
towards Central
towards Canberra
NSW TrainLink Southern
Canberra Xplorer
towards Sydney
towards Griffith
NSW TrainLink Southern
Griffith Xplorer
towards Melbourne
NSW TrainLink Southern
Melbourne XPT
towards Sydney

Goulburn railway station is located on the Main South line in New South Wales, Australia. Opened on 19 May 1869,[1] it serves the city of Goulburn.


The station c.1879

The foundation stone for the main station building was laid by the Mayor of Goulburn, William Davies, on 12 May 1868.[2] At the time, the explorer William Hovell lived immediately opposite the main station building on Sloane Street. The land on which the station buildings are sited was originally designated for public parkland.[2]

The station buildings were opened in 1869 with arrival of the railway from Sydney, which was opened by the Governor Lord Belmore (an event commemorated by Belmore Park in the centre of the city), along with the completion of the line from Sydney to Albury in 1881 (and the connection with Victorian Railways in 1883), was a boom to the town. Later branchlines were constructed to Cooma (opened in 1889) and later extended further to Bombala, and to Crookwell[3][4] and Taralga.[5] Goulburn became a major railway centre with a roundhouse and engine servicing facilities and a factory which made pre-fabricated concrete components for signal boxes and station buildings. A large railway refreshment room opened on the island platform in 1915, closing in 1986 with the withdrawal of the Cooma Mail.[6] A disused bay platform is located at the southern end of platform 1.

From April 1962 until March 1975 the Spirit of Progress conveyed a through car between Melbourne and Canberra, three days per week in each direction. The through carriage was detached at Goulburn and conveyed to Canberra attached to a mixed train.[7] Until the early 1990s, Goulburn was also the terminating point for the Goulburn Day Train and Southern Highlands Express from Sydney.

Platforms and services[edit]

Goulburn has one side platform and one island platform with two faces. It is serviced by early morning and evening NSW TrainLink Southern Highlands Line services to and from Sydney Central, Campbelltown and Moss Vale.[8]

During the day it is served by one NSW TrainLink road coach service to/from Moss Vale.[8]

It is also serviced by NSW Trainlink Xplorer and XPT long distance services from Sydney to Canberra, Griffith and Melbourne.[9]

Platform Line Stopping pattern Notes
1 services to & from Moss Vale, Campbelltown & Sydney Central [8]
services to Canberra, Griffith, Melbourne & Sydney Central [9]
2 occasionally used if Platform 1 is occupied [8]
occasionally used if Platform 1 is occupied [9]
3 not used by passenger services


  1. ^ Goulburn Station NSWrail.net
  2. ^ a b "LAYING THE FOUNDATION STONE OF THE GOULBURN RAILWAY STATION.". The Sydney Morning Herald. LVII, (9355). 14 May 1868. p. 5 – via National Library of Australia. 
  3. ^ "PROPOSED CROOKWELL RAILWAY.". The Sydney Morning Herald. National Library of Australia. 17 September 1895. p. 5. Retrieved 3 August 2015. 
  4. ^ Goulburn to Crookwell Railway Act 1899 No 37 (NSW)
  5. ^ Roslyn to Taralga Railway Act 1915 No 49 (NSW)
  6. ^ "The Railway Refreshment Rooms of New South Wales 1855–1995" Australian Railway Historical Society Bulletin issue 790 August 2003
  7. ^ Stokes, HJW (1984). Railways of The Canberra and Monaro Districts. Canberra: Australian Railway Historical Society, ACT Division. p. 28. 
  8. ^ a b c d "Southern Highlands line timetable" (PDF). NSW Trainlink. 18 April 2015. 
  9. ^ a b c "Southern timetable" (PDF). NSW Trainlink. 20 October 2013 [Updated 30 June 2014]. 

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