Newcastle railway station, New South Wales
Station in May 2012
|Location||Corner Scott & Watt Streets, Newcastle
|Operated by||NSW TrainLink|
|Distance||168.10 km (104.45 mi) from Central|
|Platforms||4 (2 side, 1 island)|
|Opened||9 March 1858|
|Closed||25 December 2014|
Newcastle railway station was formerly the main railway station in Newcastle, New South Wales. It was the terminus station for NSW TrainLink Central Coast & Newcastle and Hunter line services until it closed in December 2014.
Newcastle station was originally located at the site of the Honeysuckle Point Terminus. Early on in the making of the Honeysuckle Point Terminus, Newcastle residents called for an extension to the centre of town and in 1857 the parliamentary select committee recommended, that a single line for goods and passenger traffic be laid from Honeysuckle Point to the wharf at Watt Street. In November 1857 a contract for £6,347, was awarded to William Wright for the 67 chains (1.3 km; 0.84 mi) extension. The station was located on a spur line which serviced Circular Wharf and was opened on Saturday 20 March 1858. The current station opened on 9 March 1858, replacing the temporary terminus on what later became Civic station.
A large goods yard fanned east from the station, constructed in 1858. On 20 September 1987, the diesel multiple unit depot was relocated to Broadmeadow and later redeveloped as a bus station and park land. redeveloped as a bus station and park land.
On the 14 December 2014, hundreds travelled to the city by train to make up the over 400 people who gathered at Pacific Park (cnr Hunter & Pacific Streets) to protest against the proposed truncation of the rail line.
On 24 December 2014, the Save Our Rail group were granted an injunction by the Supreme Court of New South Wales preventing RailCorp from removing any part of line infrastructure after the closure of the line. RailCorp have lodged an appeal. This did not affect the suspension of services, but if the appeal is unsuccessful, will require an Act of Parliament to formally close the line before work to remove infrastructure can continue.
Platform & services
Newcastle Station consisted of four platforms, two of which were allocated for Central Coast & Newcastle Line services and two for Hunter Line services, although in practice all services could use any platform.
The station was part of the NSW TrainLink Intercity network. All four lines were electrified in 1984. A loop was maintained between platforms 1 and 2 until removed in 2012.
|1||services to Gosford & Sydney|||
|2||services to Gosford & Sydney|||
|3||services to Maitland, Telarah, Dungog, Muswellbrook & Scone|||
|4||services to Maitland, Telarah, Dungog, Muswellbrook & Scone|||
Newcastle Buses & Ferries (Picks up only from stand at Scott Street, near Watt Street)
- 100: to Charlestown via Mayfield, University and Jesmond
- 104: Newcastle East to Jesmond via Carrington, Waratah and University
- 106: to Jesmond via Mayfield, Warabrook and Shortland
- 107: to Jesmond via Mayfield, Warabrook and Shortland
- 110: to Hamilton station via Queens Wharf, Civic and Wickham. This replaces the railway service and train fares apply if transferring to or from a train.
- 111: to Mount Hutton via Mayfield, Kotara and Charlestown
- 118: to Stockton (night service only) via Mayfield, Kooragang and Fern Bay
- 201: Marketown to Hamilton via Bar Beach, The Junction and Merewether
- 222: Newcastle East to Wallsend via New Lambton, John Hunter Hospital and Elemore Vale
- 224: to Wallsend via Kotara, John Hunter Hospital and Elemore Vale
- 225: to Jesmond via Kotara, New Lambton and University
- 226: to Glendale via Broadmeadow, University and Wallsend
- 230: to Wallsend via Lambton, Jesmond and Shortland
- 231: to Wallsend via Newcastle Stadium, Lambton and Silver Ridge
- 235: to Maryland via Hamilton, North Lambton and Wallsend
- 310: to Belmont via The Junction, Charlestown and Mount Hutton
- 317: to Belmont via Kotara, Charlestown and Mount Hutton
- 320: to Warners Bay via The Junction, Charlestown and Mount Hutton
- 322: to Belmont via Kotara, Charlestown and Redhead
- 334: to Glendale via Adamstown, Kotara and Cardiff
- 349: to Swansea North via Charlestown, Pelican and Belmont
- 350: to Swansea Heads via Charlestown, Jewells and Belmont
- 363: to Warners Bay via Broadmeadow, John Hunter Hospital and Glendale
- Ferry: to Stockton
Busways (all services operated by Busways below are booked seats only, picks up from Stand 5, inside Newcastle Interchange)
- 150: to Taree via Tea Gardens, Forster & Tuncurry
- 151: to Taree via The Rock, Forster & Tuncurry
- 152: to Hawks Nest via Raymond Terrace, Karuah & Tea Gardens
Hunter Valley Buses (Picks up from stand 2, inside Newcastle Interchange)
- 138: to Lemon Tree Passage
- 140: to Raymond Terrace
- 267: to Seahampton (Limited services)
- 130: to Fingal Bay via Anna Bay
- 131: to Fingal Bay via Nelson Bay
- NSW Trainlink road coaches would also pick up from stand 3
Rover Coaches (Picks up from stand 4, inside Newcastle Interchange)
Sid Fogg's (Picks up from stand 6, inside Newcastle Interchange)
- McKillop, Roberts; Sheedy, David (May 2008). Our Region, Our Railway: The Hunter and the Great Northern Railway (1857-2007). Australian Railway Historical Society (1st ed.). p. 21~22.
- Newcastle Station NSWrail.net
- Newcastle Railway Station Group NSW Department of Environment & Heritage
- "Broadmeadow Loco Depot" Railway Digest December 1987 page 399
- "Newcastle Terminal Commissioned" Fleetline issue 257 November 1998 page 204
- Rally for the Rail Newcastle (14 December 2014)
- Save Our Rail: Newcastle rail campaigners seek Supreme Court injunction Sydney Morning Herald 22 December 2014
- Newcastle rail line to stay - for now Sydney Morning Herald 24 December 2014
- Last train leaves Newcastle station Newcastle Herald 26 December 2014
- Central Coast & Newcastle line timetable NSW TrainLink 20 October 2013
- Hunter line timetable NSW TrainLink 20 October 2013
- "Routes 100, 106, 107 and 111 Timetable" (PDF). Newcastle Buses. 5 October 2014.
- "Route 104 timetable" (PDF). Newcastle Buses. 17 October 2010 [Reprinted May 2014].
- Transport changes in Newcastle from 26 December Transport NSW Info 22 December 2014
- "Stockton Ferry and route 118 Timetable" (PDF). Newcastle Buses and Ferries. 2 March 2015.
- "Route 201 timetable" (PDF). Newcastle Buses. 30 November 2008 [Reprinted October 2010].
- "Routes 222, 224 and 225 timetable" (PDF). Newcastle Buses. 22 August 2011.
- "Routes 226, 230, 231 and 235 timetable" (PDF). Newcastle Buses. 20 October 2013.
- "Routes 310, 313, 318 and 320 timetable" (PDF). Newcastle Buses. 17 October 2010.
- "Routes 317 and 322 Timetables" (PDF). Newcastle Buses. 17 October 2010.
- "Routes 334 and 339 timetable information" (PDF). Newcastle Buses. 17 October 2010 [Reprinted May 2014].
- "Routes 349, 350 and 352 Timetable" (PDF). Newcastle Buses. 5 October 2014.
- "Route 363 timetable" (PDF). Newcastle Buses. 20 October 2013.
- "Route 150 timetable information". Busways. 1 March 2014.
- "Route 151 timetable information". Busways. 1 March 2014.
- "Route 152 timetable information". Busways. 1 March 2014.
- "Routes 136, 137 and 138 timetable". Hunter Valley Buses. 27 January 2015.
- "Routes 140 and 141 timetable". Hunter Valley Buses. 27 January 2015.
- "Routes 267 and 268 timetable". Hunter Valley Buses. 20 April 2015.
- Port Stephens timetables Port Stephens Coaches
- Newcastle Rover Coaches
- Express Coach Services timetables Sid Fogg's 18 February 2013
- Station Names. Date of opening, closing and/or change of name. Public Transport Commission of New South Wales Administrative Branch (Archives Section) (3rd ed.). February 1979 . p. 25.
- Media related to Newcastle railway station at Wikimedia Commons
- Newcastle station details Sydney Trains