Dubbo railway station

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Dubbo
Dubbo NSW 2830, Australia - panoramio (31).jpg
LocationTalbragar Street, Dubbo, Dubbo Regional Council, New South Wales
Australia
Coordinates 32°14′41″S148°36′34″E / 32.2448°S 148.6095°E / -32.2448; 148.6095 Coordinates: 32°14′41″S148°36′34″E / 32.2448°S 148.6095°E / -32.2448; 148.6095
Owned by RailCorp
Operated by NSW TrainLink
Line(s)
Distance462.20 km (287.20 mi) from Central
Platforms1
Tracks2
Construction
Structure typeGround
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Station code DBO
History
Opened1 February 1881
Services
Preceding station  NSW TrainLink  Following station
Terminus NSW TrainLink Western
Dubbo XPT
towards  Sydney
Official nameDubbo Railway Station and yard group
TypeState heritage (complex / group)
Designated2 April 1999
Reference no.1130
TypeRailway Platform/ Station
CategoryTransport - Rail
Architect John Whitton (attributed)
Location
New South Wales

The Dubbo railway station is an heritage-listed railway station and bus interchange located on the Main Western line in Dubbo in the Dubbo Regional Council local government area of New South Wales, Australia. The station serves the city of Dubbo and was opened on 1 February 1881. [1] The station is also known as Dubbo Railway Station and yard group. The property is owned by RailCorp, an agency of the Government of New South Wales and was added to the New South Wales State Heritage Register on 2 April 1999. [2] The station and associated yards were designed by the office of the Engineer-in-Chief of the NSW Government Railways, under the direction of John Whitton. [3]

Dubbo City in New South Wales, Australia

Dubbo is a city in the Orana Region of New South Wales, Australia. It is the largest population centre in the Orana region, with a population of 38,943 as recorded by the 2016 census.

Dubbo Regional Council Local government area in New South Wales, Australia

The Dubbo Regional Council is a local government area located in the Central West and Orana regions of New South Wales, Australia. The council was formed on 12 May 2016 through a merger of the City of Dubbo and Wellington Council. Originally named Western Plains Regional Council, the name was changed to Dubbo Regional Council on 7 September 2016.

New South Wales State of Australia

New South Wales is a state on the east coast of Australia. It borders Queensland to the north, Victoria to the south, and South Australia to the west. Its coast borders the Tasman Sea to the east. The Australian Capital Territory is an enclave within the state. New South Wales' state capital is Sydney, which is also Australia's most populous city. In September 2018, the population of New South Wales was over 8 million, making it Australia's most populous state. Just under two-thirds of the state's population, 5.1 million, live in the Greater Sydney area. Inhabitants of New South Wales are referred to as New South Welshmen.

Contents

Dubbo was a major railway centre, being the junction for the Main Western, Molong-Dubbo and Coonamble lines and maintaining a sizeable locomotive depot. Dubbo was the limit for heavier 36, 38 and 60 class locomotives, with smaller locomotives taking over for journeys further west. [4] [5] The station previously had a bay platform, which was removed in August 1988. [6] Rail services east from Central Sydney terminate at Dubbo and there are now services by coaches to the north west.

Coonamble railway line

The Coonamble railway line is a railway line in New South Wales, Australia. The line branches from the Main West Line at Dubbo. It opened in 1903, and carried passenger traffic until the 1970s. 900/950 class railmotors were first introduced on the service between Dubbo and Coonamble. It continues to carry goods traffic, predominantly grain. The disused historic Coonamble railway station is currently at risk of demolition due to vandalism and high maintenance costs. The line is owned by the Rail Infrastructure Corporation of New South Wales, however operations over the line are managed by the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) under a 60-year agreement. The northern section of the line features track that is in generally poor condition with derailments not uncommon.

New South Wales C36 class locomotive class of 75 Australian 4-6-0 locomotives

The New South Wales C36 class was a class of two-cylinder, simple, non-condensing, coal-fired superheated, 4-6-0 express passenger steam locomotives built by Eveleigh Railway Workshops and Clyde Engineering for the New South Wales Government Railways in Australia.

New South Wales C38 class locomotive class of 30 Australian 4-6-2 locomotives

The C38 class was a class of steam locomotive built for the New South Wales Government Railways in Australia.

Services

Dubbo was served by the Western Mail from Central Sydney until services ceased in November 1988. [7] [8] At Dubbo it connected with the Far West Express to Bourke, Cobar and Coonamble. [9]

The Western Mail was an Australian passenger train that ran from Sydney to Dubbo and Parkes from the 1973 until November 1988. The service commenced when the Dubbo Mail and Forbes Mail were combined.

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

The Central railway station is a heritage-listed railway station located at the southern end of the Sydney central business district in the City of Sydney local government area of New South Wales, Australia. The station is the largest and busiest railway station in New South Wales and serves as a major transport interchange for NSW TrainLink inter-city rail services, Sydney Trains commuter rail services, Sydney light rail services, State Transit bus services, and private coach transport services. Often abbreviated as Central or Central station, the station is also known as Sydney Terminal and Central Railway Stations Group and Central Railway; Central Station; Underbridges. The property is owned by RailCorp, an agency of the Government of New South Wales. It was added to the New South Wales State Heritage Register on 2 April 1999. It recorded 11.35 million passenger movements in 2013.

Far West Express

The Far West Express was an Australian passenger train operated by the New South Wales Government Railways from December 1957 until September 1975 from Dubbo to Bourke, Cobar and Coonamble.

In September 1975, the Public Transport Commission introduced six Denning coaches to replace all train services north and west from Dubbo. [10]

Public Transport Commission rail, bus and ferry agency of NSW (1972–1980)

The Public Transport Commission (PTC) was an agency of the Government of New South Wales responsible for the provision of rail, bus and ferry services in New South Wales, Australia from October 1972 until June 1980.

Denning (bus manufacturer)

Denning was an Australian bus and coach manufacturer in Acacia Ridge, Brisbane.

Today Dubbo is served by NSW TrainLink's daily Central West XPT service operating to and from Central Sydney. [11] NSW TrainLink also operate road coach services from Dubbo to Lithgow, Cootamundra, Broken Hill, Bourke, Nyngan and Lightning Ridge. [11] [12]

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 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.

Central West Express

The Central West Express is an Australian passenger train operating on the Main Western line in New South Wales from Sydney to Dubbo.

New South Wales XPT

The New South Wales XPT is the main long-distance passenger train operated by NSW TrainLink on regional railway services in New South Wales, Australia from Sydney to Dubbo, Grafton and Casino as well as interstate destinations, Brisbane, and Melbourne. The XPT is based on the British Rail designed High Speed Train and entered service in April 1982.

PlatformLineStopping patternNotes
1services to Sydney Central

History

Eastbound view of the platform Dubbo NSW 2830, Australia - panoramio (52).jpg
Eastbound view of the platform

Most of the stone structures comprising Dubbo Railway Station were built between 1879 and 1881 in preparation for its opening in 1881. The station master's residence was completed that same year. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries some additions were made to the precinct, including: [2]

Numerous additions and alterations were made in the first two decades of the early 20th century, decreasing in frequency into the 1930s and 1940s. [2]

By 1975 passenger services to Bourke, Cobar and Coonamble were replaced by a road coach services connecting with the trains at Dubbo Railway Station. [2]

The 1980s saw demolition of several by-then anacrhonistic structural elements including the municipal gas siding, the livestock loading facility, the Darling Street gate house and the Institute Hall (relocated elsewhere). In 1988 the Dubbo-Molong line was decommissioned in 1988. [2]

Dubbo Railway Station remains an operational station on the western line, operated by RailCorp, although the station master's residence is now in private ownership. [2] [13] :13

Description

Buildings

The station building is a type 5 stone first class station building, erected in 1881, with platform awnings cantilevered via brackets on steel posts. The station contained a railway refreshment room accommodation, also completed in stone in 1881. [14] There are two adjacent residences, the station master's house located at Talbragar Street, [15] being a type 4 building, completed in 1881 in stone; and at 106 Darling Street, being a type 11 building in stone, originally used as a locomotive straight shed. [2] [16]

Structures

The railway station platform faces were completed in 1881 in stone; and the location pump house was completed in corrugated iron, attached to the bridge, and completed c.1881. [2]

Modifications and dates

In the first two decades of the 20th century numerous additions and alterations were made, decreasing in frequency into the 1930s and 1940s. [2] By 1975 passenger services to Bourke, Cobar and Coonamble were replaced by a road coach service, connecting with trains at Dubbo. [2] The 1980s saw demolition of several by-then anachronistic structural elements including the municipal gas siding, livestock loading facility, Darling Street gate house and Institute Hall (relocated). In 1988 the Dubbo-Molong line was decommissioned. [2] In 2015 the Dubbo railway station was an operational rail station on the western line only, although the residence at 106 Darling Street is now in private ownership. [2] [13] :12–13

Heritage listing

Dubbo station and residences is one of the few groups of buildings on the NSW system constructed in stone and one of the very few stone first class railway stations built. The surviving stone platform faces are rare and of high significance. The site is of high significance as it is situated adjacent to some excellent early industrial buildings used in relation to the railway and the railway hotel. The group is an important element in the townscape of Dubbo which is an historic centre which relies on tourism and its historic theme. The whole of the railway station group is of very high significance to the development and history of Dubbo and the railway system.Note: There are incomplete details for a number of items listed in NSW. The Heritage Division intends to develop or upgrade statements of significance and other information for these items as resources become available. [2]

Dubbo railway station was listed on the New South Wales State Heritage Register on 2 April 1999 having satisfied the following criteria. [2]

The place possesses uncommon, rare or endangered aspects of the cultural or natural history of New South Wales.

This item is assessed as historically rare. This item is assessed as scientifically rare. This item is assessed as archaeologically rare. This item is assessed as socially rare. [2]

See also

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