Moss Vale railway station

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Moss Vale
Moss Vale railway station.JPG
Southbound view of Platform 1
LocationDalys Way, Moss Vale
Coordinates34°32′53″S 150°22′17″E / 34.5481°S 150.371504°E / -34.5481; 150.371504Coordinates: 34°32′53″S 150°22′17″E / 34.5481°S 150.371504°E / -34.5481; 150.371504
Owned byRailCorp
Operated byNSW TrainLink
Line(s)Main South
Distance106.6 kilometres from Central
Platforms2 (1 island)
Structure typeGround
Other information
Station codeMSV
WebsiteTransport for NSW
Opened2 December 1867
Previous namesSutton Forest
Passengers (2013)250 (daily)[1] (Sydney Trains, NSW TrainLink)
Preceding station   TfNSW T.svg NSW TrainLink   Following station
towards Central
Southern Highlands Line
towards Goulburn
towards Canberra
NSW TrainLink Southern
Canberra Xplorer
towards Sydney
towards Melbourne
NSW TrainLink Southern
Melbourne XPT
towards Sydney

Moss Vale railway station is a heritage-listed railway station on the Main South line in New South Wales, Australia. It serves the town of Moss Vale. It opened on 2 December 1867 as Sutton Forest, being renamed in 1877.[2][3] It was added to the New South Wales State Heritage Register on 2 April 1999.[4]


The station c.1890

Moss Vale station opened as Suttons Forest on 2 December 1867. It was the terminus of the line until the extension to Marulan on 6 August 1868. The station was renamed to Moss Vale in 1877.[4]

In March 1999, a refuelling and stabling facility for Endeavour railcars was built to the north of the station.[5]

Platforms & services[edit]

Moss Vale has an island platform with two sides. It is serviced by NSW TrainLink Southern Highlands Line services from Campbelltown and a limited number of peak hour services operating to Sydney Central and Goulburn.[6]

It is also serviced by NSW Trainlink Xplorer and XPT long distance services from Sydney to Canberra and Melbourne.[7]

Platform Line Stopping pattern Notes
1 services to Campbelltown & Sydney Central [6]
services to Sydney Central[7]
2 services to Goulburn [6]
services to Canberra & Melbourne[7]

Transport links[edit]

NSW TrainLink also operate road coach services to Bundanoon, Goulburn and Wollongong from the station forecourt.[6]


The original station building is a second-class brick building built by W. & A. Elphinstone in 1867. Alterations were made in 1890, including improvements to the Governor's waiting room and chandeliers. A two-storey hotel and refreshment room was added in 1891. The awning to the down platform was added in 1914 and the brick booking office in 1915. Alterations were made to the refreshment room in 1919, involving the conversion of the bar to a dining room and the construction of a new bar.[4]

The station has an unusually wide island platform, which is connected to the station entrance and the street by a pedestrian overpass. The platform included a garden and a private dining room for Governor Belmore who spent the summers in nearby Throsby Park from 1870 to 1872. The dining room had to be big enough for a cook to prepare simple dishes and for a footman to serve.[8] The current up platform was built in brick and lengthened in 1882. The new down platform was constructed in 1914 following duplication, with road bridge access and car turning area, specifically to enable Governor Gerald Strickland's disabled daughter to access the train.[4]

The two-storey hip-roof timber signal box in the yard and the two metal-framed pedestrian bridges both date from 1915. The station precinct also contains a dock platform, road overbridge at the up end, weighbridge and triangle to turn 57 class locomotives. The pedestrian approach from the east side, brick walls and embankment, station forecourt and signs are all included in the station's heritage listing.[4]

There is a grassy area at the south end of the station, with picnic tables in between the platforms. A dock platform previously existed at the northern end of Platform 1 for services to Wollongong, but this track has since been lifted. Immediately north of the station, is the junction for the Unanderra line.[9]

The former stationmaster's residence, completed in 1874, was based on a standard design from the office of Commissioner John Whitton. In 1918, the Residence was converted for use as dormitory for female staff employed within the Railway Refreshment Room. An entrance porch was added in 1926. The Residence was adapted again, in 1952, into two separate apartments for railway staff. The works included the installation of timber partitions, an access cut through the northern wall and new internal door openings. It was leased to the Wingecarribee Shire Council to house the Southern Highlands Regional Gallery in 1994, at which time it saw the erection of a new pergola and a new southern extension, the removal of the eastern Railway outbuildings, and all the internal doors removed for ease of movement through the gallery. It had returned to residential use by 2001.[4]

Heritage listing[edit]

Moss Vale is one of the most important station groups in the State. It contains rare examples of early buildings, various later structures, vice-regal buildings, unique entry arrangement, very high quality buildings and the remains of a working yard seen in the signal box and embankments. The early elements of the site are significant buildings in their own right. The site has excellent interiors along with the outstanding architecture and gives many opportunities to demonstrate the wealth and range of railway structures and the importance of rail travel in the past. The site has a strong social historical connection through use by the Governors and is an important focal point of the town of Moss Vale.[4]

Moss Vale railway station was listed on the New South Wales State Heritage Register on 2 April 1999.[4]


  1. ^ Bureau of Transport Statistics. "Train Statistics 2014" (PDF). Transport NSW. Retrieved 15 July 2018.
  2. ^ Moss Vale Station
  3. ^ Moss Vale Railway Precinct NSW Environment & Heritage
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h "Moss Vale Railway Station and yard group". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. H01200. Retrieved 2 June 2018.
  5. ^ "Signalling & Safeworking" Railway Digest April 1999 page 39
  6. ^ a b c d "Southern Highlands line timetable". Transport for NSW.
  7. ^ a b c "Southern timetable" (PDF). NSW Trainlink. 30 September 2018.
  8. ^ Bemore, fourth Earl of (1835-1913) Australian Dictionary of Biography Volume 3 1969
  9. ^ Moss Vale Junction


  • Allman Johnston Architects (1999). Statement to accompany Development Application for the adaptive reuse of Former Refreshment Room Building.
  • Attraction Homepage (2007). "Heritage Express".
  • David Sheedy Pty. Ltd. (1988). Moss Vale railway station; conservation and management plan.
  • Peter Freeman P/L Conservation Architects & Planners (1998). Moss Vale Railway Station Precinct Conservation Management Plan.
  • State Rail Authority of NSW Author: State Rail Authority of New South Wales.; Publisher: (1994). Strategic property plan - Moss Vale.


CC-BY-icon-80x15.png This Wikipedia article contains material from Moss Vale Railway Station and yard group, entry number 01200 in the New South Wales State Heritage Register published by the State of New South Wales and Office of Environment and Heritage 2018 under CC-BY 4.0 licence, accessed on 2 June 2018.

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