Newcastle and Central Coast railway line

Newcastle and Central Coast railway line
Newcastle & Central Coast line
CityRailbusred.png
CityRailinterred.png
Mode Regional rail line
Coach service
Owner CityRail
Operator(s) CityRail
Connects Central
Woy Woy
Gosford
Wyong
Fassifern
Toronto (by coach)
Hamilton
Newcastle
Length 168 km
Stations 31
Fleet V, G, K and H (Oscar) sets
Depot(s) Flemington
Hornsby
Line colour Red/Grey
Key dates
1887 Opened

The Newcastle and Central Coast Line is an intercity railway line of Sydney's CityRail network. It runs from Sydney's Central Station via the Central Coast along an inland route, and ends in the Central Business District of Newcastle. It is coloured red on a grey background on CityRail maps and other promotional material.

Contents

Description of route

The route follows the Main West and Main South railway line routes until Strathfield, where it diverts north and follows the route of the Main North line until Broadmeadow, before diverting east along the route of the Newcastle branch line. The line is electrified at 1500V DC throughout, and is primarily double track, although there are passing loops at Hawkesbury River, Gosford, Wyong, Awaba, and Sulphide Junction (between Cockle Creek and Cardiff). Terminating of trains is available at Gosford, Wyong, and Morisset stations.

Prior to electrification of the route, steam hauled passenger trains were varied and interesting.[1]

There are two stations planned on the line - a new station for Warnervale town centre (Woongarrah) at North Warnervale and a Glendale station between Cockle Creek and Cardiff. Both of these are in the planning stage.

This line is currently receiving ongoing track work between Gosford and Newcastle. This is part of the Track Reconstruction Strategy which commenced in 2003. Track reconstruction work includes replacing timber sleepers with concrete, new rails, ballast cleaning, reconditioning, drainage, resurfacing track, overhead wiring adjustments, track adjustments, signal restoration works and rail corridor clean-up and presentation. The track work is expected to be completed in 2009/10. During track work times, buses replace most trains when tracks are not ready.

The line is notable for the detailed Street art murals that adorn areas near most stations between Hornsby and Newcastle, incorporating imagery and names related to the appropriate station. The route also takes in a meandering but picturesque section along the Hawkesbury River, Brisbane Water and Lake Macquarie.

Stations

This table does not include the services which run via the North Shore Line and extend to Gosford and Wyong.

Name of Station Code MyMulti
Zone
Serving Suburbs Pattern stops at this station Connections
Newcastle and Central Coast Line
Central SYD One Central, Strawberry Hills, Ultimo, Surry Hills Bullet-red.png Bullet-red.png Bullet-red.png Bullet-red.png Bullet-red.png Bullet-red.png Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra Line
Bankstown Line   South Line
Airport & East Hills Line
Inner West Line   Northern Line
Western Line   North Shore Line
South Coast Line
Blue Mountains Line
Southern Highlands Line
(peak hours only)
Redfern
(peak hours only)
RDF One Redfern, Waterloo, Darlington
The University of Sydney
Bullet-blue.png Bullet-blue.png Bullet-blue.png Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra Line
Bankstown Line   South Line
Airport & East Hills Line*
Western Line   Inner West Line
Northern Line
South Coast Line*
Blue Mountains Line*

*peak hours only

Strathfield SFD Two Strathfield, Burwood Bullet-red.png Bullet-red.png Bullet-red.png Bullet-red.png Bullet-red.png Bullet-red.png Western Line   South Line
Inner West Line   Northern Line
Blue Mountains Line
West Ryde
(peak hours only)
WRD Two West Ryde Bullet-blue.png Bullet-blue.png Northern Line
Eastwood EAW Two Eastwood, Marsfield Bullet-red.png Bullet-red.png Bullet-blue.png Northern Line
Epping EPG Two Epping, North Epping Bullet-red.png Bullet-red.png Bullet-red.png Bullet-blue.png Northern Line
Hornsby HBY Two Hornsby, Waitara Bullet-red.png Bullet-red.png Bullet-red.png Bullet-red.png Bullet-red.png Bullet-red.png North Shore Line   Northern Line
Asquith
(limited service only)
ASQ Three Asquith Bullet-blue.png
Berowra BEW Three Berowra, Berowra Heights Bullet-red.png Bullet-blue.png Bullet-red.png Bullet-red.png North Shore Line
Cowan CWN Three Cowan Bullet-red.png Bullet-red.png Bullet-red.png
Hawkesbury River HKR Three Brooklyn Bullet-red.png Bullet-blue.png Bullet-red.png Bullet-red.png
Wondabyne WDB Three Wondabyne Bullet-red.png Bullet-red.png Bullet-red.png
Woy Woy WOY Three Woy Woy Bullet-red.png Bullet-red.png Bullet-red.png Bullet-red.png Bullet-red.png Bullet-blue.png North Shore Line(peak hours only)
Koolewong KWG Three Koolewong Bullet-red.png Bullet-red.png Bullet-red.png
Tascott TSC Three Tascott Bullet-red.png Bullet-red.png Bullet-red.png
Point Clare PCL Three Point Clare Bullet-red.png Bullet-red.png Bullet-red.png
Gosford GOS Three Gosford Bullet-red.png Bullet-red.png Bullet-red.png Bullet-red.png Bullet-red.png Bullet-red.png North Shore Line(peak hours only)
Narara NRR Three Narara Bullet-red.png Bullet-blue.png Bullet-red.png Bullet-red.png
Niagara Park NIA Three Niagara Park Bullet-red.png Bullet-blue.png Bullet-red.png Bullet-red.png
Lisarow LRW Three Lisarow Bullet-red.png Bullet-blue.png Bullet-red.png Bullet-red.png
Ourimbah OUR Three Ourimbah Bullet-red.png Bullet-blue.png Bullet-red.png Bullet-red.png
Tuggerah TGG Three Tuggerah,
Mardi,
Chittaway Point,
Kangy Angy
Bullet-red.png Bullet-red.png Bullet-red.png Bullet-red.png Bullet-blue.png
Wyong WYG Three Wyong,
Wattanobi
Bullet-red.png Bullet-red.png Bullet-red.png Bullet-red.png Bullet-blue.png North Shore Line(peak hours only)
Warnervale WNV Three Warnervale, Woongarrah, Hamlyn Terrace Bullet-red.png Bullet-red.png Bullet-red.png
North Warnervale
(under planning)
- Three Woongarrah - - - - - - - -
Wyee WYE Three Wyee Bullet-red.png Bullet-red.png Bullet-red.png
Morisset MOI Three Morisset Bullet-red.png Bullet-red.png Bullet-red.png Bullet-red.png Bullet-red.png
Dora Creek DRK Three Dora Creek, Myuna Bay, Eraring Bullet-red.png Bullet-red.png Bullet-red.png
Awaba AWB Three & Green Awaba Bullet-red.png Bullet-red.png Bullet-red.png
Fassifern FSN Three & Green Fassifern, Blackalls Park, Fennell Bay Bullet-red.png Bullet-red.png Bullet-red.png Bullet-red.png Bullet-red.png Fassifern to Toronto Bus Service
Booragul BGL Three & Green Booragul, Marmong Point Bullet-red.png Bullet-red.png Bullet-red.png
Teralba TRB Three & Green Teralba Bullet-red.png Bullet-red.png Bullet-red.png
Cockle Creek CKK Three & Green Cockle Creek Bullet-red.png Bullet-red.png Bullet-red.png
Glendale
(under planning)
- Three & Green Glendale, Cardiff - - - - - - - -
Cardiff CDF Three & Green Cardiff, Cardiff Heights, Glendale Bullet-red.png Bullet-red.png Bullet-red.png Bullet-red.png Bullet-red.png
Kotara KRZ Three & Green Kotara, Kotara South Bullet-red.png Bullet-red.png Bullet-red.png
Adamstown ADT Three & Green Adamstown, New Lambton Bullet-red.png Bullet-red.png Bullet-red.png
Broadmeadow BMD Three & Green Broadmeadow Bullet-red.png Bullet-red.png Bullet-red.png Bullet-red.png Bullet-red.png
Hamilton HMN Three & Green Hamilton, Islington Bullet-red.png Bullet-red.png Bullet-red.png Bullet-red.png Bullet-red.png Hunter Line
Wickham WKH Three & Green Wickham, Newcastle West Bullet-red.png Bullet-red.png Bullet-red.png
Civic CVI Three & Green Newcastle, Honeysuckle, Cooks Hill Bullet-red.png Bullet-red.png Bullet-red.png Bullet-red.png
Newcastle NTL Three & Green Newcastle, Newcastle East, The Hill Bullet-red.png Bullet-red.png Bullet-red.png Bullet-red.png Bullet-red.png Hunter Line

Despite the introduction of the MyMulti ticket on 18 April 2010, a Green Newcastle TravelPass continues to be available, valid for travel on this line between Newcastle and Awaba (including the Fassifern to Toronto "Train Bus" service). All stations served by the Newcastle TravelPass are also accessible with a MyMulti 3 ticket.

Stopping Patterns

A service to Newcastle waiting to depart from Central.
  • Pattern 1: Newcastle, all to Berowra, Hornsby, Epping, Eastwood, Strathfield, Central and vice-versa (early morning and late night services; one morning peak hour service to Central; one evening peak service to Newcastle). Some trains stop all stations from Newcastle to Honrsby, except for Wondabyne, then Epping, Strathfield, Central *
  • Pattern 2: Newcastle, Civic, Hamilton, Broadmeadow, Cardiff, Fassifern, Morisset, all to Tuggerah, Gosford, Woy Woy, Hornsby, Epping, Eastwood, Strathfield, Central and vice-versa (daytime off-peak and peak hours)
  • Pattern 3: Wyong, all to Berowra, Hornsby, Epping, Eastwood, Strathfield, Redfern, Central and vice-versa (daytime off-peak and peak hours) ¹
  • Pattern 4: Newcastle, all to Morisset and vice-versa (daytime off-peak and evening peak hour)
  • Pattern 5: Newcastle, all to Gosford, Woy Woy, Hornsby, Epping, Eastwood, Strathfield, Central and vice-versa (peak hours only)
  • Pattern 6: Gosford, all to Berowra, Hornsby, Epping, Eastwood, Strathfield, Central and vice-versa (late afternoon off-peak and early evening peak hour) ²
  • Pattern 7: The former "Newcastle Flyer" service: Newcastle, Hamilton, Broadmeadow, Cardiff, Fassifern, Morisset, Gosford, Hornsby, Strathfield, Central and vice-versa (One peak hour morning service to Central; one peak hour evening service to Newcastle) ³
Note: Bullet-blue.png means that not all services on this pattern service this station:

* Some early morning services also stop at Asquith. The morning peak hour service to Central also stops at West Ryde. The evening peak hour service to Newcastle also stops at Redfern.

† Some services also stop at Ourimbah, Lisarow, Niagara Park and Narara. (1 afternoon Newcastle bound train also stops at Berowra and 1 morning Newcastle bound train stops at Hawkesbury River.)

¹ Some services to Central in the morning peak hour also stops at West Ryde.

² One service to Gosford in the afternoon peak stops at Redfern. Most services stop at both Eastwood ans Epping.

³ The morning peak service also stops at Woy Woy. The evening peak service also stops at Tuggerah and Wyong.

Off peak pattern

1tph: Sydney Terminal, Strathfield, Eastwood, Epping, Hornsby, Berowra and then all stations to Wyong.

1tph: Sydney Terminal, Strathfield, Eastwood, Epping, Hornsby, Woy Woy, Gosford, Tuggerah all stations to Morisset, Fassifern, Cardiff, Broadmeadow, Hamilton, Civic and Newcastle.

1tph: Morisset and then all stations to Newcastle

Weekend pattern

1tph: Sydney Terminal, Strathfield, Eastwood, Epping, Hornsby, Berowra and then all stations to Wyong.

0.5tph: Sydney Terminal, Strathfield, Eastwood, Epping, Hornsby, Woy Woy, Gosford, Tuggerah all stations to Morisset, Fassifern, Cardiff, Broadmeadow, Hamilton, Civic and Newcastle.

0.5tph: Sydney Terminal, Strathfield, Eastwood, Epping, Hornsby, Woy Woy, Gosford, Tuggerah all stations to Newcastle.

See also

Further reading

References

  1. ^ Some Steam Trains of New South Wales in Retrospect: Trains to Newcastle and the Short North Covell, Charles Australian Railway Historical Society Bulletin, October, 2000 pp369-386

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