Shellharbour Junction railway station
|NSW TrainLink intercity train station|
|Location||Piper Drive, Dunmore|
New South Wales
|Distance||108.887 km (67.659 mi) from Central|
|Platforms||2 side, 174 metres (571 ft)|
|Train operators||NSW TrainLink|
|Bus operators||Premier Illawarra|
|Bicycle facilities||Bike racks|
|Disabled access||Easy Access|
|Website||Transport for NSW|
|Opened||9 November 1887|
|Rebuilt||22 November 2014|
|Electrified||17 November 2001|
|Passengers (2015)||10,616 (Q1 only)|
|Rank||280th of 307|
The Shellharbour Junction railway station is a railway station located at Dunmore, New South Wales, Australia, on the Illawarra railway line. The station is served by NSW TrainLink South Coast Line trains travelling south to Kiama and north to Wollongong and Sydney. Premier Illawarra operates a connecting bus service from the station to Shellharbour.
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 Victorian–Georgian 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.
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":
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.”
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. In 2013, Ward announced that the name would be changed to Shell Cove, 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.
The project also saw the Dunmore passing loop extended north to the new station site, increasing its length to 1.8 kilometres.
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.
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.
Platforms and services
|1||services to Sydney Central & Bondi Junction|||
|2||services to Kiama|||
Premier Illawarra operates one bus route to and from Shellharbour Junction station:
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- 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.
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- Arnold, Alex (26 September 2014). "How station got a name change to Dunmore-Shellharbour". Illawarra Mercury.
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- Fuller, Bree (22 April 2012). "Flinders to get new rail station by 2014". Illawarra Mercury.
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