Hawkesbury River railway station

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Hawkesbury River
Hawkesbury River railway station.JPG
Southbound view
Location Dangar Road, Brooklyn
Coordinates 33°32′49″S 151°13′35″E / 33.5468444°S 151.2263053°E / -33.5468444; 151.2263053Coordinates: 33°32′49″S 151°13′35″E / 33.5468444°S 151.2263053°E / -33.5468444; 151.2263053
Owned by RailCorp
Operated by NSW TrainLink
Line(s) Main Northern
Distance 57.40 kilometres from Central
Platforms 2 (1 island)
Tracks 3
Connections Bus
Structure type Ground
Disabled access No
Other information
Station code HKR
Website Sydney Trains
Opened 1870
Electrified Yes
Previous names Brooklyn
Preceding station   NSW TrainLink   Following station
towards Newcastle
Central Coast & Newcastle Line
towards Central

Hawkesbury River railway station is located on the Main Northern line in New South Wales, Australia. It serves the town of Brooklyn on the Hawkesbury River.


The station circa 1922

The station opened on 7 April 1887[1][2] initially as Hawkesbury River, although the station boards apparently carried the name Flat Rock.[1] Timetables in 1889 showed Brooklyn, but in 1890 the name reverted to Hawkesbury River.

In 1891 the station name was truncated to Hawkesbury, before the final name change back to Hawkesbury River in October 1906.[1] Reflecting the confusion in the timetables, the station was known locally as Peats Ferry, Flat Rock, and Brooklyn in the early years, depending on whom one spoke to.[3]

Hawkesbury River became a popular destination for day trippers and fishermen, outstripping the capacity of the original timber platform building. This was replaced in 1903 with the current brick building, which is of the type that had recently been adopted as the standard construction for island platforms.[1]

In 1987, the station featured in Jimmy Barnes' music-video song Still On Your Side from his album Freight Train Heart.

A southbound passing loop exists to the east of the station. Immediately south of the station in the 8.6 kilometre Cowan Bank.

River Wharf Platform[edit]

Associated with the Hawkesbury River railway station is the now defunct River Wharf railway station. This was located on the eastern end of Long Island, across the causeway linking Long Island with the mainland and was in use from at least 15 August 1887.[1] River Wharf was the terminus of the northern line until the first Hawkesbury River Railway Bridge opened in 1889. During its operation, trains would disgorge passengers and goods here for transfer to the General Gordon paddle steamer.

They would then be transported out into Broken Bay and up to Woy Woy station from where they would rejoin a train for their onward journey north.[4] This inconvenience was alleviated somewhat when the Woy Woy railway tunnel was opened and the line extended south to another defunct platform named Mullet Creek, that was in the general vicinity of the present day Wondabyne station, in January 1889, as this meant the General Gordon only had to cross the Hawkesbury River and travel up Mullet Creek a few kilometres.[5]

The down platform is still extant on Long Island, although the wharf and other infrastructure associated with the station is long gone.

Platforms & services[edit]

Hawkesbury River has one island platform with two sides. It is serviced by NSW TrainLink Central Coast & Newcastle Line services travelling from Sydney to Hamilton (Newcastle).[6]

Platform Line Stopping pattern Notes
1 services to Sydney Central [6]
2 services to Hamilton (Newcastle) [6]

Transport links[edit]

Transdev NSW operates one bus route via Hawkesbury River station:


  1. ^ a b c d e Singleton, C. C. (August 1965). "The Short North - The Sydney - Newcastle Link Railway - Hornsby to Hawkesbury River". Australian Railway Historical Society Bulletin. XVI (334): 142–156. 
  2. ^ "Opening of the railway to the Hawkesbury River". Sydney Morning Herald. 8 April 1887. p. 7. 
  3. ^ "The Eight-hour dispute at Hawkesbury". Sydney Morning Herald. 26 October 1887. p. 12. 
  4. ^ "The Great Northern Railway". Australian Town and Country Journal. 4 May 1889. pp. 17, 30. 
  5. ^ "Opening of the Hawkesbury Bridge". Sydney Morning Herald. 2 May 1889. p. 7. 
  6. ^ a b c "Central Coast & Newcastle line timetable" (PDF). NSW Trainlink. 5 January 2015. 
  7. ^ "Route 592 timetable" (PDF). Transdev NSW. 20 July 2015. 

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