Southern Highlands Line

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Southern Highlands Line
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Endeavour railcar at Moss Vale in December 2008
Overview
Service type Intercity rail
Locale Macarthur, Southern Highlands and Southern Tablelands, New South Wales
First service 19 May 1869 (1869-05-19)
Current operator(s) NSW TrainLink
Route
Start Campbelltown, Central
Stops 22
End Goulburn
Distance travelled 224 km (139 mi)
Line(s) used Main South
Technical
Rolling stock Endeavour railcar
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
Track owner(s) Sydney Trains, ARTC

The Southern Highlands Line is an Intercity rail service operated by NSW TrainLink that services the Macarthur, Southern Highlands and Southern Tablelands regions of New South Wales. First operating in 1869, the service runs from Campbelltown across the Main Southern railway line through to Goulburn, with peak hour services extending the route to Central. The railway service operates alongside a bus route from Picton to Bowral, operating on the route of the Picton – Mittagong loop railway line, and a regional coach service from Bundanoon to Wollongong on the South Coast Line, operating on the corridor of the Unanderra - Moss Vale railway line.

Inter-city rail express passenger train services that cover longer distances than commuter or regional trains

Inter-city rail services are express passenger train services that cover longer distances than commuter or regional trains.

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.

Macarthur, New South Wales Region in New South Wales, Australia

Macarthur is a region in south-west of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. The region includes the local government areas of the City of Campbelltown, Camden Council and Wollondilly Shire. It covers an area of 3,067 square kilometres and has a population of close to 310,000 residents. The region geographically forms the foothills between the Blue Mountains and Southern Highlands regions.

Contents

One of only two routes on the NSW TrainLink intercity network to run entirely on non-electrified railway lines, the Southern Highlands Line is operated with a rolling stock solely consisting of Endeavour railcars, with most services only using two cars. The service spans 169 kilometers of railway, making it the most extensive route on the NSW TrainLink network apart from the Blue Mountains Line's Bathurst Bullet service. The route also spans 22 stations, making it also the route with the lowest number of stops. An additional 2 stations and 55 kilometers of railway are traversed by Southern Highlands trains at peak hours.

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.

Blue Mountains Line rail service in New South Wales, Australia

The Blue Mountains Line is an intercity rail service operated by NSW TrainLink serving the Blue Mountains region of New South Wales, Australia. The line travels west from Sydney to the major town of Katoomba and on to Lithgow on the western foothills of the mountains. 2 Express services per day in each direction, known as the Bathurst Bullet, extend to the regional city of Bathurst, which is supplemented by road coaches connecting Bathurst to Lithgow. The Blue Mountains Line operates over a mostly duplicated section of the Main Western line. As such, the tracks are also traversed by the Central West XPT, Outback Xplorer and Indian Pacific passenger services and by freight trains.

Bathurst Bullet passenger train connecting Sydney and Bathurst, Australia

The Bathurst Bullet is a passenger train on the Blue Mountains Line operated by NSW TrainLink between Sydney and Bathurst.

History

The Main South line opened in stages to Picton in 1863, Moss Vale in 1867 and Goulburn in 1869. [1]

Picton railway station

The Picton railway station is a heritage-listed railway station located on the Main South line in the south-western Sydney suburb of Picton in the Wollondilly Shire local government area of New South Wales, Australia. It was built from 1863 to 1919. It is also known as the Picton Railway Station group. 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. The station opened on 1 July 1869. The station is unusually sited, with southbound journeys actually heading north out of the station before traversing a 225 degree horseshoe curve to again head south, and likewise northbound services heading south before rounding a number of curves to resume their true direction.

Moss Vale railway station

Moss Vale railway station is located on the Main South line in New South Wales, Australia. It serves the town of Moss Vale opening on 2 December 1867 as Sutton Forest, being renamed in 1877. It was added to the New South Wales State Heritage Register on 2 April 1999.

Goulburn railway station

Goulburn railway station a heritage-listed railway station located on the Main South line in New South Wales, Australia. Opened on 19 May 1869, it serves the city of Goulburn. It was added to the New South Wales State Heritage Register on 2 April 1999.

In 1919, a new section of line opened between Picton and Mittagong, with the original section becoming the Picton-Mittagong loop line. [2] Originally a single track line, it was later doubled with the exception of the Picton-Mittagong loop line.

Mittagong railway station

Mittagong railway station is located on the Main South line in New South Wales, Australia. It serves the town of Mittagong in the Southern Highlands. It was added to the New South Wales State Heritage Register on 2 April 1999.

Services

Most services operate between Campbelltown and Moss Vale with a limited number extending to Sydney Central and Goulburn. [3] All services are operated by NSW TrainLink using Endeavour railcars.

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

Campbelltown railway station is located on the Main South line, serving the Sydney suburb of Campbelltown. It is served by Sydney Trains T8 Airport & South line services and NSW TrainLink services to Moss Vale, Goulburn, Canberra, Griffith and Melbourne.

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.

Rail replacement bus services operate between Picton and Bowral paralleling the Picton-Mittagong loop line and Bundanoon and Wollongong paralleling the Moss Vale-Unanderra line. A daytime bus service also operates between Moss Vale and Goulburn. [3] Some stations are also served by NSW TrainLink XPT and Xplorer services from Sydney to Canberra, Griffith and Melbourne. [4]

Bowral railway station

Bowral railway station is located on the Main South line in New South Wales, Australia. It serves the town of Bowral opening on 1 March 1867.

Bundanoon railway station

Bundanoon railway station is located on the Main South line in New South Wales, Australia. It serves the small town of Bundanoon. It was added to the New South Wales State Heritage Register on 2 April 1999.

Wollongong railway station main railway station of Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia

Wollongong railway station is located on the Illawarra line in New South Wales, Australia. It serves the central business district of Wollongong. It was added to the New South Wales State Heritage Register on 2 April 1999.

Up until the mid-1990s, most services on the line operated through to Sydney Central. Named trains that operated on the line included the Goulburn Day Train and Southern Highlands Express . In the late 1980s, air-conditioned HUB/RUB carriages were introduced. These would later be joined by Budd and Tulloch carriages and DEB railcars. [5]

In 1994, all were replaced by Endeavour railcars. [6] Most services were altered to operate only as far north as Campbelltown connecting with Sydney Trains electric services to Sydney.

As of 2014-15, the Southern Highlands Line experiences significantly worse peak hour on-time running performance than other suburban and intercity lines. [7]

Stations

Southern Highlands Line stations
NameRailway lineServing suburbs/townsNotes
Central Main Suburban Haymarket, Chippendale, Ultimo, Surry Hills Transport hub featuring Sydney Trains, other Intercity trains,
Regional trains, buses and light rail
Glenfield Main South GlenfieldInterchange with Sydney Trains
Campbelltown CampbelltownStarting point of most services
Interchange with Sydney Trains
Macarthur Ambarvale, Blair Athol, Glen AlpineInterchange with Sydney Trains and Regional trains
Menangle Park Menangle Park, Gilead
Menangle Menangle
Douglas Park Douglas Park, Wilton
Picton Picton, MaldonInterchange with Picton-Bowral loop line bus
Tahmoor Tahmoor, Couridjah, Buxton, Thirlmere
Bargo Bargo, Yanderra and Pheasants Nest
Yerrinbool Yerrinbool, Colo Vale, Hill Top, Alpine
Mittagong Mittagong, Braemar, Balaclava,
Willow Vale, Welby, Aylmerton
Interchange with Regional trains and Picton-Mittagong loop line bus
Bowral Bowral, Berrima, East BowralInterchange with Regional trains, Picton-Mittagong loop line bus and Bundanoon - Wollongong Coach
Burradoo Burradoo
Moss Vale Moss Vale, Bong Bong, Robertson,
Sutton Forest, Burrawang
Terminus of most services
Interchange with Regional trains and Bundanoon - Wollongong Coach
Exeter ExeterAlso served by Bundanoon - Wollongong Coach
Bundanoon BundanoonAlso served by Regional trains and Bundanoon - Wollongong Coach
Penrose Penrose
Wingello Wingello
Tallong Tallong
Marulan Marulan
Goulburn GoulburnAlso served by Regional trains

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. [8]

2017-18 NSW TrainLink Intercity patronage by line
10168000
Southern Highlands Line
19441000
926000
9851000
1059000

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References

  1. Main South Line NSWrail.net
  2. Bayley, William A (197x). Picton-Mittagong Loop Line Railway. Bulli: Austrail Publications. ISBN   0-909597-14-6.
  3. 1 2 "Southern Highlands line timetable". Transport for NSW.
  4. "Southern timetable" (PDF). NSW Trainlink. 26 November 2017.
  5. "Southern Passengers" Railway Digest January 1989 page 21
  6. "New Timetable Sees Demise of Loco-Hauled Services" Railway Digest July 1994
  7. "Service Delivery". Audit Office of New South Wales. Retrieved 26 November 2015.
  8. "Train Patronage - Monthly Figures". Transport for NSW. Retrieved 14 September 2018.

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