Sydenham railway station, Sydney
Northbound view from Platform 1 in November 2011
|Location||Gleeson Avenue, Sydenham|
|Operated by||Sydney Trains|
|Distance||5.31 kilometres from Central|
|Platforms||6 (2 island, 2 side)|
|Opened||15 October 1884|
In 1896, Sydenham became a junction station with the opening of the Bankstown line with the current platforms 3 and 4 opened. Two additional platform faces (now platforms 2 and 5) came with quadruplication in 1907. The substantial platform building on the current platform 2/3 island previously faced the street.
In 1928, the tracks were rearranged with the current Platform 2 closed and platform 6 opened in its place. In 1960-62, to relieve congestion at the station and in preparation for the planned Eastern Suburbs line, Platform 2 was re-opened and another platform, now Platform 1, built. This resulted in Bankstown line trains being re-routed from current platforms 3 and 4 to the new platforms. It had been intended that the tracks on platforms 1 and 2 would extend along the alignment to Erskineville as an adjunct to the Eastern Suburbs railway.
This plan was never completed, although partial platforms were erected at St Peters and Erskineville in preparation. Because of this, Bankstown line trains continue to run on the same tracks as East Hills services, and the Bankstown line's junction with the Illawarra line has been merely moved from the south of Sydenham station to the north. The construction of Platform 1 included a brick parcel office on the northern end of the platform. One of the few free-standing parcel offices on the Sydney network, it was in service until the 1980s. Now closed, the building itself remains standing.
Sydenham station now has side platforms at both the eastern and western extremities of the station (platforms 1 and 6 respectively) and two island platforms for the four inner tracks. Platforms 1 and 2 serve the Bankstown Line and Platforms 5 and 6 serve the Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra Line. Prior to the oprning of the Airport line in May 2000, all East Hills line services operated via platforms 3 and 4. Most East Hills trains now run via the Airport line, although some peak hour services continue to travel via Sydenham using these platforms.
A new concourse including four lifts and new stairs to access the platforms opened in February 2013. The upgrade also included new ticketing facilities, a new family accessible toilet and staff facilities.
Platforms & services
|1||services to Central & the City Circle||Opened 1962|
|2||services to Lidcombe & Liverpool via Bankstown||Opened 1907, closed 1928, reopened 1962|
|3||limited morning peak services to Central & the City Circle||Original platform|
|4||limited evening peak services to Campbelltown||Original platform|
|5||services to Bondi Junction||Opened 1907|
|6||services to Cronulla, Waterfall & Helensburgh||Opened 1928|
Sydney Buses operate three routes via Sydenham station:
- 418: Burwood to Bondi Junction Interchange
- 425: Dulwich Hill and Tempe
- M30: to Spit Junction
- Sydenham Station NSWrail.net
- Sydenham Railway Station Group NSW Environment & Heritage
- "Station Information N to Z" JH Forsyth State Rail Authority 1997
- Lunch Club Notes Australian Railway Historical Society
- Improved public transport facilities for Sydenham commuters Transport for NSW
- CityRail Update Bankstown and Inner West Edition August 2011
- Sydenham (Illawarra Line) Underbridge NSW Environment & Heritage
- "T3: Bankstown line timetable" (PDF). Sydney Trains. 20 October 2013 [amended January 2015].
- "T2: Airport line timetable" (PDF). Sydney Trains. 20 October 2013 [amended January 2015].
- "T4: Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra line timetable" (PDF). Sydney Trains. 20 October 2013 [amended January 2015].
- "Routes 418 and 425 timetable" (PDF). Sydney Buses. 26 October 2014.
- "Route M30 timetable" (PDF). Sydney Buses. Retrieved 13 June 2015.