Maitland railway station

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Maitland railway station platforms.jpg
Westbound from platform 4 in July 2014
Location Church Street, Maitland
Coordinates 32°44′17″S 151°33′07″E / 32.738073°S 151.552016°E / -32.738073; 151.552016Coordinates: 32°44′17″S 151°33′07″E / 32.738073°S 151.552016°E / -32.738073; 151.552016
Owned by RailCorp
Operated by NSW TrainLink
Line(s) Main Northern
North Coast
Distance 192.55 kilometres from Central
Platforms 5 (1 side, 2 island)
Tracks 6
Connections Bus
Structure type Ground
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Station code MTL
Website Sydney Trains
Opened 1880
Previous names West Maitland
Preceding station   NSW TrainLink   Following station
towards Dungog
Hunter Line
towards Scone
towards Grafton, Casino or Brisbane
NSW TrainLink North Coast
towards Sydney
towards Moree or Armidale
NSW TrainLink North Western

Maitland railway station is located on the Main Northern line in New South Wales, Australia. It serves the city of Maitland opening on in 1880 as West Maitland being renamed on 1 April 1949.[1] It is the junction station for the Main Northern and North Coast lines.


Station in 1877
Station front in December 2010

The Great Northern Railway was built through Maitland in the 1850s and extended to Lochinvar in July 1860. Maitland was serviced by Victoria Street, East Maitland and High Street when it opened however it was not until 1880 that what is now Maitland's principal station opened as West Maitland.

Initially the station comprised only one platform, the present Platform 1. The station expanded with an island platform and footbridge constructed in 1914 followed in 1933 by another island platform.[2] In April 1949 in recognition of its position as Maitland's primary station it received its present name. A bay platform was located at the eastern end of Platform 1 for terminating services from Newcastle, it was removed in the 1990s.

The station is susceptible to floods. In the 1955 floods the signalbox was washed away with its replacement constructed on stilts. This closed on 27 October 1990 and has been leased to a model railway club.[3][4][5] The high water marks have been marked on the building on Platform 1. Flood gates have been installed at the northern end of the platforms. A new signal box opened opposite the station on 17 December 1990.[6]

A yard is located east of the station. It is mainly used to stable railway maintenance equipment, although each April is used as a depot for locomotives attending the Hunter Valley Steamfest.

Immediately east of the station the Main Northern and North Coast lines split, while about 500 metres west of the station the South Maitland Railways line to Pelton branches south.

On 27 July 2015 Maitland was the first station to receive a Regional Customer Support Centre covering the Central Coast, Hunter and North West areas of NSW.[7]

Platforms & services[edit]

Maitland has five platforms, although only four are used by passenger trains. It is serviced by NSW TrainLink Hunter Line services travelling from Hamilton (Newcastle) to Muswellbrook, Scone, Telarah and Dungog.[8]

It is also serviced by NSW Trainlink Xplorer and XPT long distance services from Sydney to Armidale, Moree, Grafton, Casino and Brisbane.[9][10]

Platform Line Stopping pattern Notes
1 services to Hamilton (Newcastle), Telarah & Dungog [8]
services to Sydney Central [10]
2 services to Dungog & Telarah [8]
services to Grafton, Casino & Brisbane [10]
3 services to Hamilton (Newcastle)
terminating services to & from Hamilton (Newcastle)
services to Sydney Central [9]
4 services to Muswellbrook & Scone [8]
services to Armidale/Moree [9]
5 not in regular passenger service, Hunter Valley Coal Chain trains pass through


Each April, Maitland station is the focal point for the Hunter Valley Steamfest, an event that has been held annually since 1986.[11]

Transport links[edit]

Hunter Valley Buses operates seven routes via Maitland station:

Rover Coaches operates two routes via Maitland station:[16]

Sid Fogg's operates one route via Maitland station:


  1. ^ Maitland Station
  2. ^ Maitland Railway Precinct NSW Environment & Heritage
  3. ^ "Signalling & Safeworking" Railway Digest January 1991 page 24
  4. ^ New Lease of Life for Maitland Heritage Signal Box Australian Rail Track Corporation 23 July 2013
  5. ^ "New lease of life for Maitand heritage signal box" Railway Digest September 2013 page 55
  6. ^ "Maitland box opened" Railway Digest February 1991 page 39
  7. ^ New NSW Trainlink Centre keeps an eye on the time and customer safety Transport for NSW 27 July 2015
  8. ^ a b c d e "Hunter line timetable" (PDF). NSW Trainlink. 18 April 2015. 
  9. ^ a b c "North West timetable" (PDF). NSW Trainlink. 20 October 2013. 
  10. ^ a b c "North Coast timetable" (PDF). NSW Trainlink. 20 October 2013 [Updated 6 April 2014]. 
  11. ^ Home Hunter Valley Steamfest
  12. ^ a b "Routes 179, 180 and 401 - 403 timetable". Hunter Valley Buses. 27 January 2015. 
  13. ^ a b "Routes 181, 183 and 186 timetable". Hunter Valley Buses. 27 January 2015. 
  14. ^ "Routes 182 and 189 timetable". Hunter Valley Buses. 27 January 2015. 
  15. ^ a b "Routes 184, 185, 187 and 192 timetable". Hunter Valley Buses. 27 January 2015. 
  16. ^ Maitland timetables Rover Coaches
  17. ^ Express Coach Services timetables Sid Fogg's 18 February 2013

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