Rockdale railway station

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South-east bound view in March 2006
Location Railway Street, Rockdale
Coordinates 33°57′07″S 151°08′12″E / 33.952051°S 151.136658°E / -33.952051; 151.136658Coordinates: 33°57′07″S 151°08′12″E / 33.952051°S 151.136658°E / -33.952051; 151.136658
Owned by RailCorp
Operated by Sydney Trains
Line(s) Illawarra
Distance 10.41 kilometres from Central
Platforms 5 (1 side, 2 island)
Tracks 5
Connections Bus
Structure type Ground
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Status Staffed
Station code RKL
Website Sydney Trains
Opened 15 October 1884
Electrified Yes
Preceding station   Sydney Trains   Following station
towards Waterfall or Cronulla
Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra Line

Rockdale railway station is located on the Illawarra line, serving the Sydney suburb of Rockdale. It is served by Sydney Trains T4 line services.


Northbound view with Platform 1 in foreground

Rockdale station opened on 15 October 1884 on the same date as the Illawarra line from Redfern to Hurstville with two side platforms.[1][2]

In 1907, the northbound platform was converted to an island with a new southbound track. The former southbound track (current Platform 4) became the northbound track, with the former southbound platform (current Platform 3) becoming a refuge siding.

In 1908, Platform 3 was converted to an island platform and an additional track laid along its western face. Rockdale now had four platform numbers. In 1923, a terminus platform (current Platform 1) was erected, when the Illawarra line was quadruplicated from Wolli Creek and the level crossing at Frederick Street was replaced by a bridge.[2][3][4]

In February 1993 Rockdale Signal Box was abolished. Its frame consisted of a combination of pistol grip and large mechanical levers, the last example in New South Wales.[5]

Platforms & services[edit]

Platform Line Stopping pattern Notes
1 no booked services abandoned, unelectrified dock siding used for
stabling track maintenance equipment
services to Bondi Junction [6]
services to Cronulla & Waterfall [6]
services to Bondi Junction [6]
services to Cronulla, Waterfall & Helensburgh [6]

Transport links[edit]

Sydney Buses operate 10 routes via Rockdale station:

Transdev NSW operate two routes to and from Rockdale station:

Rockdale station is served by three NightRide routes:[14]


Track layout


  1. ^ Rockdale Station
  2. ^ a b Rockdale Railway Station Group NSW Environment & Heritage
  3. ^ "Historical Notes on the Illawarra Line" Public Transport Commission Volume 1 1976
  4. ^ "The History & Mystery of Platform 1 at Rockdale" Australian Railway History issue 945 July 2016 pages 4-10
  5. ^ "Rockdale" Railway Digest April 1993 page 151
  6. ^ a b c d "T4: Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra line timetable" (PDF). Sydney Trains. 20 October 2013 [amended January 2015]. 
  7. ^ a b "Routes 400 and 410 timetable" (PDF). Sydney Buses. 29 April 2013. 
  8. ^ "Route 422 timetable" (PDF). Sydney Buses. 28 January 2015. 
  9. ^ "Route 473 timetable" (PDF). Sydney Buses. 21 March 2010. 
  10. ^ a b c d "Routes 476, 477, 478 and 479 timetable" (PDF). Sydney Buses. 20 October 2013. 
  11. ^ "Routes 490 and 492 timetable" (PDF). Sydney Buses. 20 October 2013. 
  12. ^ "Route 493 timetable" (PDF). Sydney Buses. 21 March 2010. 
  13. ^ a b "Routes 452 and 453 timetable" (PDF). Transdev NSW. 27 April 2015. 
  14. ^ NightRide bus services Transport Info NSW

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