Olympic Park Line

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Olympic Park Line
Sydney Olympic Park rail tunnel 2.JPG
The single track balloon loop towards Lidcombe as it passes under the Olympic Boulevard.
Overview
Termini Lidcombe
Stations 2
Operation
Opening 8 March 1998 (1998-03-08)
Owner RailCorp
Operator(s) Sydney Trains
Technical
Track length 7km (Balloon loop)
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge

The Olympic Park Line (numbered T7, coloured grey, also called the Olympic Park Sprint) is a railway line and an associated Sydney Trains service in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia that connects the Sydney Olympic Park precinct to the rest of the metropolitan train network. It has one station, Olympic Park, which is located on a balloon loop. The original purpose of the line to Olympic Park was to convey passengers to and from venues at Sydney Olympic Park and the Sydney CBD during the 2000 Summer Olympics. Today, the line continues to transport people to and from major events occurring within the Sydney Olympic Park precinct, but also carries workers and residents of Olympic Park to and from the rest of the Sydney Trains network.

History[edit]

Olympic Park station, with a train stopped at platforms 3 and 4.

The line was conceived in the early 1990s to serve the site of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. A balloon-loop style branch line was chosen over other options, such as a connecting line between Rhodes on the Main Northern Line and Flemington Junctions, where the chosen design joins the Main Suburban line.[1] The chosen route follows the former goods lines which branched from the Main West line between Flemington and Homebush, to the Abattoirs and Brickworks site at the Homebush Bay industrial precinct.[2][3][4] The line crosses over Parramatta Road and the M4 motorway using the former goods alignment. The first test train operated over the line on 24 November 1997, and the line's first major event was the Royal Easter Show in April 1998.[5]

Services[edit]

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Olympic Park Line
Waratah A4 at Lidcombe.jpg
Overview
Service type Commuter rail
Locale Sydney, New South Wales
First service 8 March 1998 (1998-03-08)
Current operator(s) Sydney Trains
Route
Start Lidcombe
Stops 2
End Olympic Park
Line used Olympic Park railway line
Technical
Rolling stock Sydney Trains S and A set
Track owner(s) RailCorp
The Olympic Park Sprint platform at Lidcombe; notice the crowd control fencing in the centre of the platform

Outside of special events, trains to Olympic Park depart from a special platform at Lidcombe (technically platform 0, but referred to as the 'Olympic Park Sprint Platform' rather than its number). Services operate with a frequency of one train every 10 minutes in each direction.[6] The trip between Lidcombe and Olympic Park takes about 5 minutes each way.

During major events at Sydney Olympic Park, train services run direct from the intercity platforms of Central, also sometimes stopping at Redfern and Strathfield. After larger events, west-bound trains from Olympic Park are also extended beyond Lidcombe to Blacktown via the Western Line, to Glenfield and Campbelltown via the South Line.

Stations[edit]

Name Code Railway line Serving Suburbs Connections
Olympic Park Line
Lidcombe LDC Olympic Park Lidcombe North Shore, Northern & Western Line
Airport, Inner West & South Line
Bankstown Line
Blue Mountains Line*
*limited services only
Olympic Park OLP Olympic Park Sydney Olympic Park

Special Events[edit]

In special events, there are two main stopping patterns that follows:

  • Stratfield, Redfern and Central
  • Lidcombe, Granville, Parramatta, Westmead, Seven Hills and Blacktown

References[edit]

  1. ^ Date, K, Rogers D. Can CityRail win the Olympics? Railway Digest, September 2000.
  2. ^ The Story of the Abattoirs Line Pollard, N.J. Australian Railway Historical Society Bulletin, April:May 1985 pp75-93;99-113
  3. ^ Memories of the Abattoirs Branch Groves, K.T. Australian Railway Historical Society Bulletin, January 1987 pp15-19
  4. ^ Forgotten Railways to the Olympic Site Oakes, John Australian Railway Historical Society Bulletin, March 1999 pp87-97
  5. ^ Hoyle, J. Preparing for the Games- the first train to Olympic Park. Railway Digest, January 1998.
  6. ^ "Timetables by line". Sydney Trains. Sydney Trains. Retrieved 17 November 2013. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 33°50′47″S 151°04′12″E / 33.84647°S 151.07008°E / -33.84647; 151.07008