Hunter Line

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Hunter Line
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Overview
Service type Intercity rail
Locale Hunter Region, New South Wales
Current operator(s) NSW TrainLink
Route
Start Newcastle
Stops 28
End Scone, Dungog
Line(s) used Newcastle
Main Northern
North Coast
Technical
Rolling stock Endeavour & Hunter railcars
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
Track owner(s) RailCorp

The Hunter Line is a NSW TrainLink passenger train service that operates from Newcastle to Dungog and Scone in the New South Wales Hunter Region. It operates on the Newcastle, Main North and North Coast lines.

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.

Newcastle Interchange transport interchange in Newcastle, New South Wales

Newcastle Interchange is a transport interchange situated in the Australian city of Newcastle, New South Wales. It serves as the termini for NSW TrainLink's Central Coast & Newcastle Line and Hunter Line train services, Newcastle Light Rail services and Newcastle Transport bus routes.

Dungog railway station

Dungog railway station is located on the North Coast line in New South Wales, Australia. It serves the town of Dungog opening on 14 August 1911. Originally built with only one face, in 1944 the platform was converted to an island platform and the present station building constructed.

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History and features

Hunter Line services operate from Newcastle on the Newcastle branch line to Islington Junction, the Main North line between Islington Junction and Scone, the North Coast line between Maitland and Dungog. The Hunter Line shares its portion of the Main Northern Line with North Western regional services.

Scone railway station

The Scone railway station is a heritage-listed railway station located on the Main Northern line in Scone, in the Upper Hunter Shire local government area of New South Wales, Australia. The station serves the town of Scone and opened on 17 April 1871. The property is owned by RailCorp, an agency of the Government of New South Wales. The station was added to the New South Wales State Heritage Register on 2 April 1999.

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

The North Coast Line is the primary rail route in the Mid North Coast and Northern Rivers regions of New South Wales, Australia, and forms a major part of the Sydney–Brisbane rail corridor.

Maitland railway station

Maitland railway station is located on the Main Northern line in New South Wales, Australia. It serves the city of Maitland opening on in 1880 as West Maitland being renamed on 1 April 1949. It is the junction station for the Main Northern and North Coast lines. It was added to the New South Wales State Heritage Register on 2 April 1999.

The Main North line, formerly known as the Great Northern Railway (GNR), was the original mainline between Sydney and Brisbane. This line, which ran via Armidale and required a change of train due to the break-of-gauge at Wallangarra, was opened to East Maitland in 1857 [1] and Maitland in 1858. It reached Singleton in 1863, Muswellbrook in 1869, and Scone in 1871.

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.

Brisbane capital city of Queensland, Australia

Brisbane is the capital of and the most populated city in the Australian state of Queensland, and the third most populous city in Australia. Brisbane's metropolitan area has a population of 2.5 million, and the South East Queensland region, centred on Brisbane, encompasses a population of more than 3.5 million. The Brisbane central business district stands on the historic European settlement and is situated inside a peninsula of the Brisbane River, about 15 kilometres from its mouth at Moreton Bay. The metropolitan area extends in all directions along the floodplain of the Brisbane River Valley between Moreton Bay and the Great Dividing Range, sprawling across several of Australia's most populous local government areas (LGAs)—most centrally the City of Brisbane, which is by far the most populous LGA in the nation. The demonym of Brisbane is "Brisbanite".

Armidale railway station railway station in New South Wales, Australia

The Armidale railway station is a heritage-listed railway station at 240 Brown Street, Armidale, Armidale Regional Council, New South Wales, Australia. It was built from 1882 to 1883 by Edmund Lonsdale and Henry Sheldon Hoddard, and was opened on 3 February 1883 when the line was extended from Uralla. It was the terminus of the line until it was extended to Glen Innes on 19 August 1884. It was added to the New South Wales State Heritage Register on 2 April 1999.

The GNR was then extended beyond Scone to West Tamworth in 1878, Armidale in 1883, and reached the Queensland border at Wallangarra in 1888. The North Coast line to Brisbane, via the North Coast was opened in stages between 1905 and 1930, but a ferry carried trains across the Clarence River until the Grafton Bridge was completed in 1932. The Newcastle rail network remained independent of the main network radiating from Sydney until 1889, when the line between Sydney and Newcastle was completed with the opening of the Hawkesbury River Railway Bridge. Thus Newcastle was connected by rail with Wallangarra before it was connected with Sydney, such was the difficulty and expense of reaching and bridging the Hawkesbury River.

Tamworth railway station, New South Wales

The Tamworth railway station is an heritage-listed railway station located on the Main Northern line in Tamworth, in the Tamworth Regional Council local government area of New South Wales, Australia. It serves the city of Tamworth, and opened on 9 January 1882 when the line was extended from West Tamworth to Kootingal. It is also known as the Tamworth Railway Station, yard group and movable relics. The property is owned by RailCorp, an agency of the Government of New South Wales. The station was added to the New South Wales State Heritage Register on 2 April 1999.

Mid North Coast Region in New South Wales, Australia

The Mid North Coast is a country region in the north-east of the state of New South Wales, Australia. The region covers the mid to north coast of the state, beginning at Seal Rocks, 275 km (171 mi) north of Sydney, and extending as far north as Woolgoolga, 562 km (349 mi) north of Sydney, a distance of roughly 400 km (250 mi).

Clarence River (New South Wales) river in the Northern Rivers district of New South Wales, Australia

The Clarence River, a mature wave dominated, barrier estuary, is situated in the Northern Rivers district of New South Wales, Australia.

Between Islington Junction and Maitland, there is a four track section where the line runs parallel to the Newcastle coal lines, which serve a number of collieries along the route.

Hunter Valley Coal Chain

The Hunter Valley Coal Chain (HVCC) is the chain of coal delivery in New South Wales, Australia from coal mines in the Hunter Region to the Port of Newcastle and domestic coal-fired power stations in the Hunter Valley. The HVCC essentially follows the path of the Hunter River travelling south-east from the mining areas in the Hunter Valley to Newcastle.

Services

Services run regularly between Newcastle and Telarah, with infrequent services to Dungog, Muswellbrook and Scone. [2] Services are operated by Endeavour and Hunter railcars.

Telarah railway station

Telarah railway station is located on the North Coast line in New South Wales, Australia. It serves the northern Maitland suburb of Telarah. It is served by NSW TrainLink Hunter line services.

Muswellbrook railway station

The Muswellbrook railway station is a heritage-listed railway station located on the Main Northern line in Muswellbrook, in the Muswellbrook Shire local government area of New South Wales, Australia. The station serves the town of Muswellbrook and was designed by John Whitton, the Chief Engineer of NSW Railways. It is also known as Muswellbrook Railway Station and yard group and Musclebrook Railway Station. 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.

New South Wales Endeavour railcar

The Endeavour is a diesel multiple unit train operated by NSW TrainLink on passenger rail services in New South Wales, Australia on the Hunter Valley, Main Western, Southern Highlands and Illawarra lines. They are mechanically identical to the Xplorers. All 30 carriages were built by ABB Transportation in Dandenong, Victoria.

Until 2007, 620/720 class railcars operated the service. The line was the last in Australia to have a regular steam hauled passenger service. The final service was hauled from Newcastle to Singleton on 24 July 1971 by 3246. [3] Diesel locomotive hauled services operated until replaced by 620/720 and 660/760 class railcars in 1984.

The line was truncated to terminate at Hamilton from 5 January 2015. [4] It was extended to Newcastle Interchange when this opened on 15 October 2017.

Trains that service the line have two carriages, while some peak hour services have four carriages. There are no quiet carriages on these trains.

Stations

Hunter Line stations
NameRailway lineServing suburbs/townsNotes
Newcastle Interchange Newcastle Wickham, NewcastleInterchange with Central Coast & Newcastle Line
Hamilton Hamilton, Islington, Tighes HillInterchange with Central Coast & Newcastle Line
Waratah Main Northern Waratah, Georgetown, Mayfield, Mayfield East
Warabrook (University) Warabrook, Callaghan
Sandgate Sandgate
Hexham Hexham
Tarro Tarro
Beresfield Beresfield, Woodberry
Thornton Thornton
Metford Metford
Victoria Street East Maitland
East Maitland East Maitland, Pitnacree, Tenambit
High Street South Maitland, Maitland
Maitland Maitland
At Maitland, the line branches. The northern branch is towards Dungog, and the northwestern branch is towards Scone.
To Dungog
Telarah North Coast Telarah, RutherfordTerminus of most services
Mindaribba Mindaribba
Paterson Paterson
Martins Creek Martins Creek
Hilldale Hilldale
Wallarobba Wallarobba
Wirragulla Wirragulla
Dungog Dungog
To Scone
Lochinvar Main NorthernLochinvar
Greta Greta, North Rothbury
Branxton Branxton, East Branxton
Singleton Singleton
Muswellbrook Muswellbrook
Aberdeen Aberdeen
Scone Scone

Patronage

2017-18 NSW TrainLink Intercity patronage by line [lower-alpha 1]
10168000
Hunter Line
19441000
926000
9851000
1059000
  1. Figures based on Opal tap on and tap off data. [5]

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Civic railway station

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Broadmeadow railway station

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Fassifern railway station

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Waratah railway station

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Warabrook railway station

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Beresfield railway station

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Thornton railway station, New South Wales

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Metford railway station

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Victoria Street railway station, New South Wales station in New South Wales

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References

  1. "The Great Northern Railway Newcastle to Maitland 150 Years On", Walters, Chris Australian Railway History March 2007 pp83-113
  2. "Hunter line timetable". Transport for NSW.
  3. Inquiry in Planning Process in Newcastle and the Broader Hunter Region NSW Parliament 23 October 2014
  4. Upcoming transport changes in Newcastle Archived 9 January 2015 at the Wayback Machine . Transport Info NSW 8 December 2014
  5. "Train Patronage - Monthly Figures". Transport for NSW. Retrieved 14 September 2018.