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Shellharbour Junction railway station

Coordinates: 34°35′30″S 150°50′46″E / 34.591550°S 150.846216°E / -34.591550; 150.846216
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Shellharbour Junction
Shellharbour Junction Station
General information
LocationPiper Drive, Dunmore
New South Wales
Coordinates34°35′30″S 150°50′46″E / 34.591550°S 150.846216°E / -34.591550; 150.846216
Elevation29 metres (95 ft)
Owned byTransport Asset Holding Entity
Line(s)South Coast
Distance108.887 kilometres (67.659 mi) from Central[1]
Platforms2 side, 174 metres (571 ft)[1]
Train operatorsNSW TrainLink
Bus operatorsPremier Illawarra
Structure typeAt-grade
Parking105 spaces
Bicycle facilitiesBike racks
Other information
WebsiteTransport for NSW
Opened9 November 1887[2]
Rebuilt22 November 2014[3]
Electrified17 November 2001[4]
Previous names
  • Dunmore
  • Dunmore (Shellharbour)
  • Flinders
  • Shell Cove
  • Shellharbour
  • 88,900 (year)
  • 244 (daily)[5] (Sydney Trains, NSW TrainLink)
Preceding station NSW TrainLink Following station
towards Kiama
South Coast Line Oak Flats

Shellharbour Junction railway station is a railway station located in Dunmore in the City of Shellharbour, New South Wales, Australia, on the Illawarra railway line. The station is served by NSW TrainLink South Coast Line trains traveling south to Kiama and north to Wollongong and Sydney.[7] Premier Illawarra operates a connecting bus service from the station to Shellharbour.


Historical photo of Shellharbour station

The Shellharbour district was initially reliant on coastal shipping for its connection to Wollongong and Sydney, but this changed with the construction of the South Coast railway line to Wollongong in 1887, and its connection to Sydney the following year. Dunmore Station opened along with the Wollongong–North Kiama extension in 1887, with a single platform, weatherboard platform building and VictorianGeorgian brick stationmaster's residence. The station was used by passengers from nearby Shellharbour; the main freight users were local pastoralists and the neighbouring basalt quarry. The growth in quarry traffic necessitated the construction of a goods siding in 1923 and a signal box two years later. The station was refurbished around the same time. In 1940, a second side platform ("platform 1") was added. The flow of rail freight from the district waned in the late 20th century, however, and the goods siding was removed in 1970. The old station buildings, still extant today, are located near where Dunmore Road (formerly Shellharbour Road) intersects with the railway line, at the southern end of Dunmore.[8]

The book All aboard!: Tales of Australian railways, by Jim Haynes and Russell Hannah, recounts a story about former State Rail Authority Chief Executive David Hill, who is said to have visited Dunmore Station incognito in the mid-1980s, when the station appeared on maps as "Shellharbour":

Dunmore (Shellharbour) station in the 2010s

When he reached Shellharbour Station he found himself surrounded by cow paddocks with the straggle of houses on the other side of the road. Now David Hill was no dill and he realised that this couldn’t possibly be the resort town of Shellharbour even though the station signs were telling him so – after all he couldn’t even see the sea.

It was still the days when the railways employed people and there, waiting to collect his ticket, was a 16-year-old junior station assistant.

"Well” says David to the kid; “This clearly isn’t Shellharbour Township”.

“No mate” says the kid (he didn’t know who David Hill was, you see, or he would have called him sir). “This is Dunmore.”

“Well where’s Shellharbour?” asks David.

The kid points up Shellharbour Road and says “it's up the road there a bit, just over the hill – it’s about four or five kilometres away.”

“That’s a bit strange,” muses David. “Wouldn’t you have thought that they would have built the station a bit closer to the town than this?’’

Well, the kid looks at David Hill like he’s a bit simple and says; “No mate, it’s much better down here near the railway line.”

According to the story, it was this visit that led to the nameboards and maps being amended to read "Dunmore (Shellharbour)".[9][10]

New site[edit]

Given the rapid growth of new suburbs along the railway line, including Shell Cove and Flinders, in 2003 RailCorp began planning work to relocate Dunmore's railway station to the north. The project was announced as "Flinders Station" by the then member for Kiama, Matt Brown, in 2011. His successor, Gareth Ward, re-announced the project the following year, and construction began, with an announced budget of $39 million.[11] In 2013, Ward announced that the name would be changed to Shell Cove,[12] but it later emerged that the station could not be named Shell Cove (or Flinders) because it was physically located in Dunmore. Transport for NSW successfully applied to the Geographical Names Board to have the station named Shellharbour Junction instead.[13]

The project also saw the Dunmore passing loop extended north to the new station site, increasing its length to 1.8 kilometres.[1]

The new station opened to passengers on 22 November 2014. Services to the former Dunmore Station ceased the previous day, and the old station was fenced off pending a decision on its future use.[3]

Shellharbour Junction recorded 10,616 passenger journeys in the first three months of 2015, almost as many as the number of journeys recorded by Dunmore Station in its last full year of operation.[14]

Platforms and services[edit]

Platform Line Stopping pattern Notes
1 services to Sydney Central & Bondi Junction [7]
2 services to Kiama [7]

Transport links[edit]

Premier Illawarra operates one bus route via Shellharbour Junction station, under contract to Transport for NSW:


  1. ^ a b c Asset Standards Authority (30 April 2015). "Train Operating Conditions (TOC) Manual – Track Diagrams (version 3.0)" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 23 September 2015.
  2. ^ Bozier, Rolfe. "NSWrail.net: Dunmore/Shellharbour Station". Archived from the original on 4 July 2017. Retrieved 17 August 2015.
  3. ^ a b "New Shellharbour Junction Station opens for business". Illawarra Mercury. 21 November 2014. Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 17 August 2015.
  4. ^ "Electrifying news". South Coast Register. 20 November 2001. Archived from the original on 2 August 2015. Retrieved 17 August 2015.
  5. ^ This figure is the number of entries and exits of a year combined averaged to a day.
  6. ^ "Train Station Monthly Usage". Open Data. Retrieved 26 January 2024.
  7. ^ a b c "South Coast line timetable". Transport for NSW.
  8. ^ Office of Environment & Heritage (18 September 2009). "Dunmore (Shellharbour) Railway Station and Residence". Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 17 August 2015.
  9. ^ Arnold, Alex (26 September 2014). "How station got a name change to Dunmore-Shellharbour". Illawarra Mercury. Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 17 August 2015.
  10. ^ Haynes, Jim (2004). All aboard!: Tales of Australian railways.
  11. ^ Fuller, Bree (22 April 2012). "Flinders to get new rail station by 2014". Illawarra Mercury. Archived from the original on 9 March 2014. Retrieved 9 March 2014.
  12. ^ Humphries, Glen (16 February 2013). "Shell Cove Station to be a community asset". Illawarra Mercury. Archived from the original on 7 March 2013. Retrieved 15 February 2013.
  13. ^ Arnold, Alex (26 September 2014). "From Shellharbour, Dunmore, Flinders, Shell Cove to Shellharbour Junction". Illawarra Mercury. Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 17 August 2015.
  14. ^ Bureau of Transport Statistics (November 2012). Compendium of Sydney Rail Travel Statistics, 8th Edition. list Dunmore (Shellharbour) at 280th place as at 2012, before the move to Shellharbour Junction.
  15. ^ "Premier Illawarra route 52". Transport for NSW.

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