Museum railway station

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Commuter rail
Museum Railway Station, Sydney, June 2013.jpg
Northbound view from Platform 2, June 2013
Location 3 Elizabeth Street, Sydney CBD,
New South Wales, Australia
Coordinates 33°52′34″S 151°12′35″E / 33.8762°S 151.2097°E / -33.8762; 151.2097Coordinates: 33°52′34″S 151°12′35″E / 33.8762°S 151.2097°E / -33.8762; 151.2097
Owned by RailCorp
Operated by Sydney Trains
Line(s) City CircleT2 Sydney logo.png T3 Sydney.png
Distance 4.99 km (3.10 mi) from Central (clockwise)
Platforms 2 side
Tracks 2
Bus routes M10, M40, 380, 333, 378
Bus operators Sydney Buses
Structure type Underground
Platform levels 1
Parking Paid carparks nearby
Disabled access Yes
Architect John Bradfield (designer)
Architectural style Inter-War Stripped Classical[1]
Other information
Status Staffed
Station code MSM
Website Museum Station at Sydney Trains
Opened 20 December 1926
Electrified Yes
Preceding station   Sydney Trains   Following station
Airport, Inner West & South Line
towards Macarthur
towards Central
Bankstown Line
towards Lidcombe or Liverpool
Route map
City Circle route map

Museum railway station is an heritage-listed[1] underground commuter rail station that is located on the City Circle route at the southern end of Hyde Park in the Sydney central business district of New South Wales, Australia. The station is served by Sydney Trains T2 Airport, Inner West & South and T3 Bankstown lines. The station is named after the nearby Australian Museum and provides a direct link to Sydney Airport international and domestic railway stations.


Designed by John Bradfield in the Inter-War Stripped Classical architectural style,[1] the station comprises two platforms, each 158.5 metres (520 ft) long by 3.8 metres (12 ft) wide, under an arch with span 14.6 metres (48 ft). Museum's signage and cream tiling with maroon highlights are reminiscent of a typical London Underground tube station of the era, however its layout of central tracks under a grand arch are more in keeping with older stations of the Paris Métro. Until the construction of the Airport Line in the 1990s, it was the only underground station in Sydney without an island platform. It is a companion to St James station, both opened at the same time and use a roundel design on their station signage that is similar to the one used on the London Underground. The station opened on 20 December 1926 with the opening of the eastern city line from Central to St James.[1][2][3] It became part of the City Circle loop on 22 January 1956.

The main entrance to the station is located at the corner of Elizabeth and Liverpool Streets. Another entrance featuring a sandstone façade is located on the corner of Liverpool and Castlereagh Streets. This entrance sits at the foot of the District Court of New South Wales' Downing Centre, formerly the site of the Mark Foy's department store. Other entrances are also located on three corners of the intersection of Elizabeth and Bathurst Streets.

There are photos of the station being built and a complete photo history through the pedestrian tunnels of this station. The platforms feature various period advertisements.[1]

Work commenced 27 May 2015 on lifts between the street and the concourse level at the Elizabeth and Liverpool Streets entrance with further lifts to the platforms.[4][5]

Platforms and services[edit]

Platform Line Stopping pattern Notes
services to Homebush, Leppington & Campbelltown [6]
services to Sydney Airport international and domestic; Kingsgrove, Revesby, Campbelltown & Macarthur [7]
services to Lidcombe & Liverpool via Bankstown [8]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Museum railway station". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. 
  2. ^ "60 Years Ago" Railway Digest December 1986 page 398
  3. ^ Museum Station
  4. ^ Museum Easy Access Upgrade Transport for NSW 1 May 2015
  5. ^ Construction starts on Museum Station upgrade Transport for NSW 27 May 2015
  6. ^ "T2: Inner West & South line timetable" (PDF). Sydney Trains. 13 December 2015. 
  7. ^ "T2: Airport line timetable" (PDF). Sydney Trains. 20 October 2013 [amended January 2015]. 
  8. ^ "T3: Bankstown line timetable" (PDF). Sydney Trains. 20 October 2013 [amended January 2015]. 

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