Parkes railway station

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Parkes
Parkes Railway Station.jpg
Westbound view in March 2009
Location Welcome Street, Parkes
Coordinates 33°08′32″S 148°10′24″E / 33.1421°S 148.1733°E / -33.1421; 148.1733
Owned by RailCorp
Operated by NSW TrainLink
Line(s) Broken Hill
Distance 445.50 kilometres from Central
Platforms 1
Tracks 4
Construction
Structure type Ground
Other information
Station code PKE
History
Opened 18 December 1893
Services
towards Broken Hill
Broken Hill Line
towards Orange
Preceding station   NSW Branch lines   Following station
towards Stockinbingal
Stockinbingal–Parkes line Terminus
Terminus Parkes–Narromine line
towards Narromine
Preceding station   NSW TrainLink   Following station
towards Broken Hill
NSW TrainLink Western
Broken Hill Outback Xplorer
towards Sydney
Preceding station   Great Southern Railway   Following station
towards East Perth
Indian Pacific
towards Sydney

Parkes railway station is located on the Broken Hill line in New South Wales, Australia. It serves the town of Parkes.

History[edit]

Parkes station opened on 18 December 1893.[1]

Parkes is the junction point for the Broken Hill, Stockingbingal-Parkes and Parkes-Narromine lines, the latter two form a cross country route between Cootamundra on the Main South line, and Werris Creek on the Main North line. As such it has always been an important railway town, and still maintains a locomotive depot.[2][3]

A railway station also served Parkes Racecourse between 1923 and 1937.[4] In June 1999, a Y junction opened to the west of the station removing the need for trains from Broken Hill to Cootamundra to operate via the station.[5]

Services[edit]

Parkes is served by NSW TrainLink's weekly Outback Xplorer between Sydney and Broken Hill.[6]

Great Southern Rail's weekly Indian Pacific also calls at Parkes.[7]

NSW TrainLink also operate road coach services to Lithgow and Condobolin.[6]

Platform Line Stopping pattern Notes
1 services to Sydney Central & Broken Hill
Great Southern Rail Indian Pacific to Sydney Central & Perth

References[edit]

  1. ^ Parkes Station NSWrail.net
  2. ^ New South Wales Cross-Country Lines - Narromine-Cootamundra Australian Railway Historical Society Bulletin July 1953 pp85-88
  3. ^ Parkes Railway Precinct NSW Environment & Heritage
  4. ^ Parkes Racecourse Station NSWrail.net
  5. ^ "Tim Fisher Owns Parkes Y-Link" Railway Digest August 1999 page 9
  6. ^ a b "Western timetable" (PDF). NSW Trainlink. 20 October 2013 [Updated 15 June 2013]. 
  7. ^ "Indian Pacific timetable". Great Southern Rail. 2 August 2015. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Parkes railway station at Wikimedia Commons