Central Coast & Newcastle Line

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Central Coast & Newcastle Line
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Overview
Service type Intercity rail
Locale Central Coast and Newcastle, New South Wales
Current operator(s) NSW TrainLink
Route
Start Central
Stops36
End Newcastle Interchange
Distance travelled165.60km
Line(s) used Main North railway line
Newcastle railway line
Technical
Rolling stock NSW TrainLink H and V sets
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
Track owner(s) RailCorp

The Central Coast & Newcastle Line is a NSW TrainLink passenger train service that runs along the Main North railway line in New South Wales, connecting the state's two largest cities, Sydney and Newcastle. The service runs from Central through to Broadmeadow on the Main North railway line to Newcastle Interchange on the Newcastle railway line, and services the Hawkesbury River region, the Central Coast and the city of Newcastle.

NSW TrainLink operator of passenger rail services in New South Wales (exclusive of the Sydney suburban network)

NSW TrainLink is an Australian brand for the medium and long distance passenger rail and coach services in New South Wales. It operates services throughout New South Wales and into the neighbouring Australian states and territories of Victoria, Queensland and the Australian Capital Territory. Train services are operated by the government's NSW Trains. Coach services are contracted to private operators. It is an agency of Transport for NSW.

Main North railway line, New South Wales railway line in New South Wales, Australia

The Main North Line is a major railway in New South Wales, Australia. It runs through the Central Coast, Hunter and New England regions. The line was the original main line between Sydney and Brisbane, however this required a change of gauge at Wallangarra. As of 1988, the line closed progressively north of Armidale with services gradually withdrawn till 2004, with the main route between Sydney and Brisbane now the North Coast line.

Sydney City in New South Wales, Australia

Sydney is the state capital of New South Wales and the most populous city in Australia and Oceania. Located on Australia's east coast, the metropolis surrounds Port Jackson and extends about 70 km (43.5 mi) on its periphery towards the Blue Mountains to the west, Hawkesbury to the north, the Royal National Park to the south and Macarthur to the south-west. Sydney is made up of 658 suburbs, 40 local government areas and 15 contiguous regions. Residents of the city are known as "Sydneysiders". As of June 2017, Sydney's estimated metropolitan population was 5,230,330 and is home to approximately 65% of the state's population.

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Description of route

The Hawkesbury River separates Sydney and the Central Coast. The bridge over the river is one of the major engineering structures on the line. Hawkesbury River rail bridge.jpg
The Hawkesbury River separates Sydney and the Central Coast. The bridge over the river is one of the major engineering structures on the line.

The route traverse 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. To Newcastle Interchange The line is electrified at 1500 V DC throughout, and is primarily double track, although there are refuge loops at Hawkesbury River, Gosford, Wyong, Awaba, and Sulphide Junction (between Cockle Creek and Cardiff). Some services terminate at Gosford and Wyong.

The Main Western Railway is a major railway in New South Wales, Australia. It runs through the Blue Mountains, Central West, North West Slopes and the Far West regions.

Strathfield railway station railway station in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

The Strathfield railway station is a heritage-listed railway station located on the Main Suburban line in the Sydney suburb of Strathfield in the Municipality of Strathfield local government area of New South Wales, Australia. The station is served by Sydney Trains T1 North Shore, Northern & Western Line and T2 Inner West & Leppington Line suburban services as well as NSW TrainLink Intercity and regional services. The station is located on the Main Northern and Main Western railway lines, forming a major junction for regional and suburban rail services. The station is also known as the Strathfield Railway Station group, Strathfield Triangle, Strathfield Flyover and Strathfield Underbridges. The property is owned by RailCorp, an agency of the Government of New South Wales. The station and associated infrastructure was added to the New South Wales State Heritage Register on 2 April 1999.

Broadmeadow railway station

Broadmeadow railway station is located on the Main Northern line in New South Wales, Australia. It serves the western Newcastle suburb of Broadmeadow, opening on 15 August 1887.

Sometimes when there is trackwork between Strathfield and Hornsby, trains will operate via the North Shore line to Hornsby, then follow the Main North railway line as normal.

Hornsby railway station railway station in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Hornsby railway station is located at the junction of the Main Northern and North Shore lines, serving the Sydney suburb of Hornsby. It is served by Sydney Trains T1 North Shore Line and T9 Northern Line services and NSW TrainLink Intercity and regional services.

North Shore railway line railway line in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

The North Shore Line is a railway line serving the North Shore in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. The North Shore Line extends from Sydney Central station through the western limb of the City Circle, across the Sydney Harbour Bridge and through the North Shore area to Hornsby where it joins the Main North Line. Most services on the line are part of the T1 North Shore, Northern & Western Line, with some services to Wyong during peak hours.

Partial closure of Newcastle Line

The section of the Newcastle railway line between Hamilton and Newcastle was closed on 25 December 2014. Until the opening of Newcastle Interchange in 2017, Hamilton formed a temporary terminus. [1] The closed section between Wickham and Newcastle was replaced with the Newcastle Light Rail that opened in February 2019. [2] [3]

Newcastle railway line, New South Wales

The Newcastle railway line is a branch railway line in the city of Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia. The line branches off the Main North line at Broadmeadow and travels in an easterly direction through the inner suburbs to Newcastle Interchange, with one intermediate station at Hamilton. Until its curtailment in December 2014, it extended to Newcastle station. NSW TrainLink operates electric passenger train services over this line as part of its Central & Newcastle line service, and diesel railcars to Maitland and beyond as part of the Hunter Line.

Hamilton railway station, New South Wales

Hamilton railway station is a heritage-listed railway station on the Newcastle line in the inner Newcastle suburb of Hamilton in New South Wales, Australia. It was added to the New South Wales State Heritage Register on 2 April 1999.

Newcastle Light Rail Light rail system in Australia

The Newcastle Light Rail is a light rail system in Newcastle, New South Wales, running from Newcastle Interchange through the central business district to Pacific Park. Major construction commenced in September 2017 with the line was opened on 17 February 2019. It is operated by Newcastle Transport.

Services

Prior to electrification of the route, steam hauled passenger trains were varied and interesting. [4] From November 1929 until April 1988, the Newcastle Flyer operated on the route. After electrification, services were taken over by U and V sets. Later the U sets were replaced by K and G sets which in turn were replaced by H sets.

Newcastle Flyer

The Newcastle Flyer was an Australian passenger express train that operated from November 1929 until April 1988 connecting New South Wales' two largest cities, Sydney and Newcastle.

New South Wales U set class of electric multiple unit operating in New South Wales, Australia

The U sets were a type of electric multiple unit operated by the New South Wales Government Railways and its successors between September 1958 and November 1996. They were nicknamed U-boats.

NSW TrainLink V set class of electric multiple unit operating in New South Wales, Australia

The V sets are a class of Australian electric multiple unit operated by NSW TrainLink in New South Wales. These stainless steel double deck trains operate on Interurban services on the Main Western line to Lithgow and Main Northern line to Newcastle.

From the time the line was electrified, services to Gosford were hauled by 46 class locomotives, their sphere of operation increasing as the wires were extended.

New South Wales 46 class locomotive

The 46 class was a class of mainline electric locomotive built by Metropolitan-Vickers and its partner Beyer, Peacock and Company in England for the New South Wales Government Railways.

The last electric locomotives were withdrawn in March 1998 [5] with all services since hauled by diesel locomotives. Today Aurizon, Pacific National and Southern Shorthaul Railroad all regularly operate freight trains on the line.

Most all-stations trains have four carriages, with the first and last car being quiet carriages. Peak-hour and most express services usually have eight cars, with quiet carriages on the first, last, and the two middle carriages.

Upgrades

Completed

The line was electrified to Gosford in January 1960, Wyong in April 1982 [6] and Newcastle in June 1984. [7]

As part of the Northern Sydney Freight Corridor project the following projects were completed: [8] The projects were: [9] [10]

ProjectDescriptionStart dateCompletion date
North Strathfield underpassGrade separation for southbound freight trains heading to Flemington2013June 2015
Epping to Pennant Hills third trackThird track for northbound trains climbing 1 in 40 grades2013Mid-2016
Gosford passing loopsOne passing loop in each direction to allow fast trains to overtake slower trains2013April 2015

In Progress

Glendale Station

A railway station is being constructed in Glendale. This will be called Lake Macquarie Transport Interchange. It will also have connections to buses. Construction started in 2015. It will be located between Cockle Creek and Cardiff railway station.

Proposed

A NSW TrainLink H set. H sets, along with V sets, service the line. Sydney Trains H22 OSCAR.jpg
A NSW TrainLink H set. H sets, along with V sets, service the line.

Warnervale station

A new station is proposed for Warnervale. [11] [12] The draft Central Coast Transportation Strategy stated that construction of the new railway station was to be completed by 2016. [13] In October 2014 there were some differences between Wyong Council and the State Government over how a strategic piece of land should be developed at Warnervale. [14]

Stations

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

Central Coast & Newcastle Line stations
NameRailway lineServing town/suburbsNotes
Central Main Suburban Haymarket, Chippendale, Ultimo, Surry Hills Transport hub featuring Sydney Trains, other Intercity trains,
Regional trains, buses and light rail
Redfern
(peak hours only)
Redfern, Waterloo, DarlingtonInterchange with most Sydney Trains lines
Strathfield Strathfield, BurwoodInterchange with the Blue Mountains Line, Sydney Trains and Regional trains
Epping Main Northern Epping, North Epping, Carlingford,Interchange with Sydney Trains and Sydney Metro's Metro North West Line
Hornsby Hornsby, WaitaraInterchange with Sydney Trains and Regional trains
Asquith
(limited service only)
AsquithUsually served by Sydney Trains
Mount Colah
(limited service only)
Mount ColahUsually served by Sydney Trains
Mount Kuring-Gai
(limited service only)
Mount Kuring-GaiUsually served by Sydney Trains
Berowra Berowra, Berowra HeightsEnd of the Sydney Trains network
Cowan Cowan
Hawkesbury River Brooklyn
Wondabyne Wondabyne
Woy Woy Woy Woy
Koolewong Koolewong
Tascott Tascott
Point Clare Point Clare
Gosford GosfordInterchange with Regional trains
Narara Narara
Niagara Park Niagara Park
Lisarow Lisarow
Ourimbah Ourimbah
Tuggerah Tuggerah, Mardi, Chittaway Point, Kangy Angy
Wyong Wyong, WattanobiInterchange with Regional trains
Warnervale Warnervale, Woongarrah, Hamlyn Terrace
Wyee Wyee
Morisset Morisset
Dora Creek Dora Creek, Myuna Bay, Eraring
Awaba Awaba
Fassifern Fassifern, Blackalls Park, Fennell BayInterchange with Regional trains
Booragul Booragul, Marmong Point
Teralba Teralba
Cockle Creek Cockle Creek, Boolaroo, Argenton
Cardiff Cardiff, Cardiff Heights, Glendale
Kotara Kotara, Kotara South
Adamstown Adamstown, New Lambton
Broadmeadow BroadmeadowInterchange with Regional trains
Hamilton Newcastle Hamilton, IslingtonInterchange with the Hunter Line
Newcastle Interchange Wickham, NewcastleInterchange with the buses, Hunter Line trains and Newcastle Light Rail

Patronage

The following table shows the patronage of each line of the NSW TrainLink Intercity network for the year ending 30 June 2018, based on Opal tap on and tap off data. [15]

2017-18 NSW TrainLink Intercity patronage by line
10168000
Central Coast & Newcastle Line
19441000
926000
9851000
1059000

See also

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Woy Woy railway station

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Ourimbah railway station

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Gosford railway station railway station on Main Northern line in New South Wales, Australia

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Northern Sydney Freight Corridor

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Newcastle Interchange transport interchange in Newcastle, New South Wales

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References

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  2. "Light rail construction" . Retrieved 16 October 2017.
  3. Light rail in Newcastle opening from Monday 18 February Transport for NSW 3 February 2019
  4. 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
  5. "Electric Locos" Railway Digest June 1998 page 35
  6. Railway Sign Official Opening Gosford - Wyong Electrification 3 April 1982 Powerhouse Museum Collection
  7. "The Official Opening of Newcastle Rail Electrification" Railway Digest July 1984 page 218
  8. Northern Sydney Freight Corridor Locked In Archived 10 May 2013 at the Wayback Machine Minister for Infrastructure & Transport 7 December 2011
  9. "Sydney's mega rail upgrade gets green light". The Construction Index. 7 December 2011. Retrieved 7 December 2011.
  10. Industry Briefing Archived 4 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine Transport for NSW 24 January 2012
  11. A new Central Coast Regional Growth and Infrastructure Plan New South Wales Planning & Environment retrieved 27 December 2014
  12. Warnervale Town Centre Development Control Plan 2012 New South Wales Planning & Environment
  13. Warnervale Town Centre Wyong Shire Council 19 February 2014
  14. NSW Government and Wyong Council in row over plans for key Warnervale land Daily Telegraph
  15. "Train Patronage - Monthly Figures". Transport for NSW. Retrieved 14 September 2018.

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