Yass Junction railway station

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Yass Junction
Yass Junction Railway Station 003.JPG
Southbound view in May 2013
LocationFaulder Avenue, Yass
Coordinates34°48′32″S 148°54′55″E / 34.8090°S 148.9154°E / -34.8090; 148.9154Coordinates: 34°48′32″S 148°54′55″E / 34.8090°S 148.9154°E / -34.8090; 148.9154
Owned byRailCorp
Operated byNSW TrainLink
Line(s)Main South
Yass Tramway
Distance318.01 kilometres from Central
Platforms2 side
Tracks2
Construction
Structure typeGround
Other information
Station codeYAS
History
Opened3 July 1876
Previous namesYass
Services
Preceding station   NSW TrainLink   Following station
towards Griffith
NSW TrainLink Southern
Griffith Xplorer
towards Sydney
towards Melbourne
NSW TrainLink Southern
Melbourne XPT

Yass Junction railway station is located on the Main South line in New South Wales, Australia. It serves the town of Yass. The station is not in the town itself but is located approximately four kilometres away near the Hume Highway. The station was listed on the New South Wales State Heritage Register on 2 April 1999.[1]

History[edit]

Yass Junction station is located outside of Yass due to the refusal of the Engineer-in-Chief of the New South Wales Railways, John Whitton to build the Main South line through the middle of Yass itself. After a visit on 8 December 1871, to investigate possible routes for the extension of the line from Goulburn, Whitton remarked that "to bring the station to North Yass would increase the length of the line by about three quarters of a mile; that the cost would be considerably more than I had recommended, probably £30,000 or £40,000 for works alone; and that in an engineering point of view [a] divergence to North Yass could not be entertained.[2]

Despite continuous objections, none of Whitton's working plans or other Government surveys were able to find a suitable route for the railway to pass through Yass. Instead, the present route from Gunning to Bowning was chosen which passed four kilometres to the north, with the station opening on 3 July 1876 as Yass.[2][3]

The Yass Tramway[edit]

After a Government Bill was passed "to authorise the construction of tramways along certain streets and highways in the city and suburbs of Sydney and elsewhere", a tramway was built from to Yass Town to convey passengers. The trams departed from a small dock platform behind Platform 2 (the south bound platform). The line opened on 20 April 1892, with Yass station renamed Yass Junction on the same day. On 18 May 1914 the line from Coolalie was duplicated.[4][5]

Services on the Yass Tramway were suspended on the line on 1 January 1957, started again on 1 December 1957, but again suspended on 18 May 1958.[6] A private bus service continued to carry passengers between the two locations but it also ceased on 18 May 1967.[6] The final services were three steam specials hauled by locomotives 1210 and 3112 on 29 October 1988, before the line was formerly closed on 14 November 1988.[7][8] In 1990, Yass Town station was leased to the Australian Railway Historical Society.[9][10]

Services[edit]

Yass Junction is served by two daily NSW TrainLink XPT services in each direction operating between Sydney and Melbourne, and one weekly Xplorer service operating between Sydney and Griffith. NSW TrainLink also operate a road coach service from Queanbeyan to Cootamundra via Yass Junction station.[11]

Heritage listing[edit]

Yass Junction is an important site with the earliest surviving station building on the main southern railway (though altered). The site illustrates the changes from early construction with single track operation to duplication and the need for a second platform with additional facilities including refreshment rooms. These facilities in a remote location indicated concern by the railways to provide a modicum of redress to the citizens of Yass when engineering difficulties meant their town was to be by-passed by the southern railway. The site is significant because of the group of buildings including signal box, footbridge, station buildings and residence.

Yass Junction railway station was listed on the New South Wales State Heritage Register on 2 April 1999 having satisfied the criteria that the place possesses uncommon, rare or endangered aspects of the cultural or natural history of New South Wales. It was assessed as historically, architecturally and socially rare.[1]

Platform Line Stopping pattern Notes
1 services to Sydney Central , Griffith & Melbourne

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Yass Junction Railway Station group". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. H01291. Retrieved 28 May 2018.
  2. ^ a b Forsyth, J.H. (ed.) (1988–93), Stations & Tracks; Vol. 3A: "Southern Branch Lines". State Rail Authority of New South Wales: Sydney, p. 101.
  3. ^ Yass Junction Station NSWrail.net
  4. ^ Forsyth, J.H. (ed.) (1988–93), Stations & Tracks; Vol. 3A: "Southern Branch Lines". State Rail Authority of New South Wales: Sydney, p. 103.
  5. ^ Yass Junction Railway Precinct NSW Environment & Heritage
  6. ^ a b Forsyth, J.H. (ed.) (1988–93), Stations & Tracks; Vol. 3A: "Southern Branch Lines". State Rail Authority of New South Wales: Sydney, p. 97.
  7. ^ Forsyth, J.H. (ed.) (1988–93), Stations & Tracks; Vol. 3A: "Southern Branch Lines". State Rail Authority of New South Wales: Sydney, p. 96.
  8. ^ "Signalling & Safeworking" Railway Digest January 1989 page 28
  9. ^ "Yass Branch" Railway Digest July 1990 page 258
  10. ^ Home Yass Railway Museum
  11. ^ "Southern timetable" (PDF). NSW Trainlink. 30 September 2018.

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