Macdonaldtown railway station

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Macdonaldtown Railway Station 2.JPG
Eastbound view in August 2007
Location Burren Street, Macdonaldtown
Coordinates 33°53′48″S 151°11′11″E / 33.8967°S 151.1863°E / -33.8967; 151.1863Coordinates: 33°53′48″S 151°11′11″E / 33.8967°S 151.1863°E / -33.8967; 151.1863
Owned by RailCorp
Operated by Sydney Trains
Line(s) Main Suburban
Distance 2.48 kilometres from Central
Platforms 2 (1 island)
Tracks 6
Structure type Ground
Other information
Status Staffed
Station code MAC
Website Sydney Trains
Opened 1878
Rebuilt 3 April 1892
Electrified Yes
Preceding station   Sydney Trains   Following station
Inner West & South Line
towards Circular Quay

Macdonaldtown railway station is located on the Main Suburban line, serving the Sydney suburb of Newtown. It is served by Sydney Trains T2 Inner West & South line services.


The original Macdonaldtown station opened in 1878 at a site adjacent to the Charles Street subway. It was relocated to its present site on 3 April 1892.[1][2][3]

The Main Suburban line through Macdonaldtown was quadruplicated in 1892,[4] and sextuplicated in 1927 in association with electrification works.[5]

An island platform on the middle pair of tracks was taken out of use and demolished in November 1985.[6] The closed access stairs to this may still be seen from the underpass entrance. To the south of the station, lie the Macdonaldtown Stabling Yards. A footbridge that spanned all six lines was removed in June 1996.[7]

On the morning of 13 July 1986 Macdonaldtown station was painted pink by then 18 year-old John Philip Baxter and his 14-year-old brother. Baxter also glued a table, two chairs and a pot-plant (also painted pink) to the platform to further his "overall effort to enhance the station". No conviction was recorded and the State Rail Authority's claim for damages was rejected by the magistrate.[8]

Platforms & services[edit]

Platform Line Stopping pattern Notes
services to Central & the City Circle [9]
services to Homebush
one morning peak service to Liverpool & Campbelltown


  1. ^ "'Station Information G to M"' State Rail Authority 1998
  2. ^ Macdonaldtown Station
  3. ^ Macdonaldtown (Burren Street) Railway Underbridge NSW Environment & Heritage
  4. ^ "NSW Railway Passenger Services 1880-1905" Australian Railway History issue 810 April 2005 page 141
  5. ^ "Sydney Electric Trains from 1926-1960" Australian Railway Historical Society Bulletin April 2001 page 128
  6. ^ "Stations & Tracks Volume 1 - Main Suburban and Branches"State Rail Authority 1988
  7. ^ "Signalling & Safeworking" Railway Digest July 1996 page 42
  8. ^ Victory for John, station Picaso Sydney Morning Herald 19 September 1986 page 3
  9. ^ a b Inner West & South Line timetable Sydney Trains

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