|Service type||Intercity rail|
|Locale||Hunter Region, New South Wales|
|Current operator(s)||NSW TrainLink|
|Rolling stock||Endeavour & Hunter railcars|
|Track gauge||1,435 mm (4 ft 8+1⁄2 in) standard gauge|
|Track owner(s)||Transport Asset Holding Entity|
The Hunter Line is a NSW TrainLink passenger train service that operates from Newcastle to Dungog and Scone in the New South Wales Hunter Region. It operates on the Newcastle, Main North and North Coast lines.
Description of Route
Hunter Line services operate from Newcastle on the Newcastle branch line to Islington Junction, the Main North line between Islington Junction and Scone, the North Coast line between Maitland and Dungog. The Hunter Line shares its portion of the Main North Line and North Coast Line with NSW TrainLink North Western and North Coast regional services respectively.
Until 2007, 620/720 class railcars operated the service. The line was the last in Australia to have a regular steam hauled passenger service. The final service was hauled from Newcastle to Singleton on 24 July 1971 by 3246. Diesel locomotive hauled services operated until replaced by 620/720 and 660/760 class railcars in 1984.
Trains that service the line have two carriages, while some peak hour services have four carriages. There are no quiet carriages on these trains.
|Name||Railway line||Serving suburbs/towns||Notes|
|Newcastle Interchange||Newcastle||Wickham, Newcastle||Interchange with Central Coast & Newcastle Line and Newcastle Light Rail|
|Hamilton||Hamilton, Islington, Tighes Hill||Interchange with Central Coast & Newcastle Line|
|Waratah||Main North||Waratah, Georgetown, Mayfield, Mayfield East|
|Warabrook (University)||Warabrook, Callaghan|
|Victoria Street||East Maitland|
|East Maitland||East Maitland, Pitnacree, Tenambit|
|High Street||South Maitland, Maitland|
|At Maitland, the line branches. The northern branch is towards Dungog, and the northwestern branch is towards Scone.|
|Telarah||North Coast||Telarah, Rutherford||Terminus of most services|
|Martins Creek||Martins Creek|
|Greta||Greta, North Rothbury|
|Branxton||Branxton, East Branxton|
|Singleton||Singleton||Terminus of certain services|
|Muswellbrook||Muswellbrook||Terminus of certain services|
The following table shows the patronage of each line of the NSW TrainLink Intercity network for the year ending 30 June 2020, based on Opal tap on and tap off data.
|2 887 000|
|5 450 000|
|2 878 000|
- "Hunter line timetable". Transport for NSW.
- Inquiry in Planning Process in Newcastle and the Broader Hunter Region NSW Parliament 23 October 2014
- Upcoming transport changes in Newcastle Archived 9 January 2015 at the Wayback Machine Transport Info NSW 8 December 2014
- "Train Patronage - Monthly Figures". Transport for NSW. Retrieved 20 September 2021.