Central railway station, Sydney


Sydney Central Railway Station (also: Sydney Terminal) is the Central Train Station, the largest railway station in Australia and hence the railways in New South Wales. He has 27 platform tracks, four of which are underground and of these two are not used for rail traffic. They are numbered from west to east.


The station is located south of downtown Sydney on Railway Square, the official postal address is Haymarket. Next to the station is the Belmore Park.


In the area that the station occupies today, there were a total of three stations. The first was the Redfern railway station. This was the first railway line, which it began in Sydney, on 26 September 1855 in operation. The station building had only one platform in a corrugated iron hall. This first small station was replaced because he could not cope with the traffic. At the same place in 1874 was a new station with first two tracks, the number of which increased over time to 14 platform tracks. The present structure built - 1906 was finally - the station was the increased traffic again no longer cope. It is located further north than the previous systems by a few meters and built-over by, among others, a former cemetery. Buried had to be reburied.

The station building was built in the Neo-Renaissance style, designed by the government architect Walter Liberty Vernon. With great effort on stone carvings in the locally popular sandstone of Sydney facades and interiors were designed. The cross- platform is spanned by a large concourse. The building dominating today 75 meter high clock tower was not until 1920/21 added. The station building is classified as a cultural monument.

The construction works includes the " Graveyard Train Station " Sydney Regent Street Station, a special reception building to take the coffin and the funeral guests by train to Rookwood Cemetery may, where there was a corresponding reception building.

The new station had 15 platform tracks was opened on August 4, 1906 and went into operation the following day. It is still used as Sydney's Central Station. Increased traffic was thus collected, that the station was expanded to the east.

1916 was the main scene of a mutiny by soldiers who revolted against their insufficient accommodations in Camps of the station and the surrounding hotels.


The station now consists of two adjacent holiday plants, which differ from each other in many ways. The western part of 1906 is a terminal station, Sydney Terminal. Three of his 15 platform tracks serve the long-distance transport also within New South Wales and about the rest of the transport. To the west of the track 1 were still two tracks for mail trains. Once this service has been set, a track of the plant was rebuilt and is now used for the loading of cars on the Indian Pacific. The other track was built with a hostel, whose building was modeled on the old railway carriages.

The eastern part of the train station is a through station, mainly for the S -Bahn from Sydney, which takes over the function of a subway in the city center. This facility was completed in 1926. Eight of the platform tracks are above ground, elevated and to run over the road in front of the historic part of the plant on a viaduct can. Four other platforms were built underground in 1948, but were delayed because of the connection of the Eastern Suburbs Line, which should serve them, first into operation in 1979. For their operation but only two tracks are needed so that the space that the other two are taking, is currently used by the New South Wales Railways to archive documents.



Hourly run 27-32 trains per direction at the station in the rush hour even more. Almost all lines of CityRail drive to the train station. He is a central transit or hub of public transport in the city.

In the long-distance transport operated by CountryLink goals here in New South Wales and links to Brisbane and Melbourne. The " showpiece " of the railway in Australia, the Indian Pacific to the Great Southern Railway, which runs twice a week from here on, always from platform 1


The main train station is also the eastern terminus of the Metro Light Rail, the only currently traveling in Sydney tram. She drives to the reception building at the upstream loggia. But she was also originally thought. But lost the station in 1958 its previously existing links with the tram.

Numerous bus lines of Sydney's transport and a few lines of long distance service stops at the station.