Muswellbrook railway station

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Muswellbrook
MuswellbrookRailwayStationFromRoad.JPG
Station buildings
Location Market Street, Muswellbrook
Australia
Coordinates 32°16′03″S 150°53′25″E / 32.267372°S 150.890265°E / -32.267372; 150.890265Coordinates: 32°16′03″S 150°53′25″E / 32.267372°S 150.890265°E / -32.267372; 150.890265
Owned by RailCorp
Operated by NSW TrainLink
Line(s) Main Northern
Distance 288.78 kilometres from Central
Platforms 1
Tracks 5
Construction
Structure type Ground
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Station code MBK
Website Sydney Trains
History
Opened 19 May 1869
Previous names Musclebrook
Services
Preceding station   NSW Main lines   Following station
towards Wallangarra
Main North Line
towards Sydney
Preceding station   NSW TrainLink   Following station
towards Scone
Hunter Line
Main North Line
(Scone to Maitland)
towards Newcastle
towards Moree or Armidale
NSW TrainLink North Western
towards Sydney

Muswellbrook railway station is located on the Main Northern line in New South Wales, Australia. It serves the town of Muswellbrook.

History[edit]

Historical photo of the station

The station opened on 19 May 1869 as Musclebrook, being renamed on 1 September 1890.[1]

The original 1869 John Whitton brick station building remains.[2]

For a number of years in the 1980s, the passenger services were replaced by road coaches while the line was upgraded. Rail services were restored on 14 March 1988.[3]

Muswellbrook formerly had an extensive freight yard including a locomotive roundhouse.[2] The Merriwa section of the Ulan line branches off the Main Northern line at the northern end of the yard.

Muswellbrook railway yard and station in 2007 viewed from the Bell Street bridge

In early 2007, the Australian Rail Track Corporation commenced work to rationalise the tracks within the yard and add a passing loop long enough to accommodate 1,500 metre long trains. Upon completion, freight trains are to pass through the yard area at 80 km/h, improving travel times.

In March 2009, duplication of the Main Northern line reached Muswellbrook station, the completion of a project to upgrade the line to double track between Antiene and Muswellbrook to improve coal haulage capacity.[4][5]

Platforms & services[edit]

The station has one platform and a disused dock platform at the southern end. Muswelbrook is serviced by NSW TrainLink Hunter Line services travelling between Hamilton (Newcastle) and Scone.[6]

It is also served by NSW TrainLink Xplorer services from Sydney to Armidale and Moree.[7]

Platform Line Stopping pattern Notes
1 services to Hamilton (Newcastle) & Scone [6]
services to Armidale/Moree & Sydney Central [7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Muswellbrook Station NSWrail.net
  2. ^ a b Muswellbrook Railway Precinct NSW Environment & Heritage
  3. ^ "Rail Returns to Muswellbrook" Railway Digest April 1988 page 121
  4. ^ St Heliers to Muswellbrook Duplication Commissioning Australian Rail Track Corporation 17 March 2009
  5. ^ "In Brief: Duplication reaches Muswellbrook after 59 years" Railway Digest June 2009
  6. ^ a b "Hunter line timetable" (PDF). NSW Trainlink. 18 April 2015. 
  7. ^ a b "North West timetable" (PDF). NSW Trainlink. 20 October 2013. 

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