Waverton railway station, Sydney

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Waverton
Waverton railway station.jpg
Northbound view from Platform 2 in September 2006
LocationBay Road, Waverton
Australia
Coordinates 33°50′16″S151°11′51″E / 33.8379°S 151.1975°E / -33.8379; 151.1975 Coordinates: 33°50′16″S151°11′51″E / 33.8379°S 151.1975°E / -33.8379; 151.1975
Owned by RailCorp
Operated by Sydney Trains
Line(s) North Shore
Distance6.11 kilometres (3.80 mi) from Central
Platforms2 side
Tracks3
ConnectionsBus
Construction
Structure typeGround
Disabled accessYes
ArchitectNew South Wales Department of Railways
Other information
StatusStaffed
Station code WVT
Website Transport for NSW
History
Opened1 May 1893
ElectrifiedYes
Previous namesBay Road
Traffic
Passengers (2013)2,120 (daily) [1] (Sydney Trains, NSW TrainLink)
Rank112
Services
Preceding station  TfNSW T.svg Sydney Trains  Following station
towards  Emu Plains or Richmond
T1
North Shore & Western Line
towards  Berowra
towards  Hornsby via Strathfield
T9
Northern Line
towards  Gordon
Preceding station  TfNSW T.svg NSW TrainLink  Following station
towards  Central
Central Coast & Newcastle Line
(peak hour services)
towards  Wyong
Official nameWaverton Railway Station group
TypeState heritage (complex / group)
Designated2 April 1999
Reference no.1284
TypeRailway Platform/ Station
CategoryTransport - Rail
BuildersNew South Wales Department of Railways

The Waverton railway station is a heritage-listed railway station located on the North Shore line, serving the Sydney suburb of Waverton in New South Wales, Australia. It is served by Sydney Trains T1 North Shore line services. The station is located on Bay Road, Waverton, in the North Sydney Council local government area of New South Wales, Australia. It was designed and built by New South Wales Department of Railways. It is also known as Waverton Railway Station group. 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. [2]

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History

Waverton station opened on 1 May 1893 as Bay Road station. It was renamed Waverton station on 20 May 1929. [3] [4] [5] [6]

When built the North Shore line proceeded to the original Milsons Point station at Lavender Bay. With the opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the line was diverted via North Sydney station on 20 March 1932. [5]

Milsons Point (Lavender Bay sites) railway stations

The first Lavender Bay railway station was opened on 30 May 1915 at a site 300 metres north of the original Milsons Point station on the North Shore line on the edge of Lavender Bay. The station was created by building platforms beside the existing lines. An overbridge was constructed leading to a new ferry wharf. Southbound trains used to drop their passengers at Lavender Bay station and then proceed to Milsons Point railway station to reverse.

Sydney Harbour Bridge bridge across Sydney Harbour in Australia

The Sydney Harbour Bridge is a heritage-listed steel through arch bridge across Sydney Harbour that carries rail, vehicular, bicycle, and pedestrian traffic between the Sydney central business district (CBD) and the North Shore. The dramatic view of the bridge, the harbour, and the nearby Sydney Opera House is an iconic image of Sydney, and Australia itself. The bridge is nicknamed "The Coathanger" because of its arch-based design.

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

North Sydney railway station is located on the North Shore line, serving the Sydney suburb of North Sydney. It is served by Sydney Trains T1 North Shore Line and T9 Northern Line services.

The original line was retained to access the North Sydney Car Sidings next to Luna Park. A shunting neck is located behind Platform 2 for these services. In May 1993, an upgrade of the station was completed which included a new overbridge and canopies. [7]

Luna Park Sydney Australian amusement park

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The station received unusual attention in January 2007, when part of the Platform 2 face was seen to have an apparition of Jesus Christ on it. Church leaders are unconvinced but remaining open-minded about the apparition, which has been explained as a combination of worn away paint and moss. People visited the station to see the apparition, requiring station staff to ensure that no observer is hit by a passing train. [8] [9]

Platforms & services

PlatformLineStopping patternNotes
1
T1
Services to Central, Strathfield & towards Emu Plains & Richmond [10]
T9
Services to Central, Strathfield & towards Hornsby via Epping [11]
CCN
Morning peak services to Blacktown via Central [12]
2
T1
Services to Lindfield, Gordon, Hornsby & Berowra [13]
T9
Services to Lindfield & Gordon [11]
CCN
Evening peak services to Gosford & Wyong via Gordon & Hornsby [12]

State Transit operate one route via Waverton station:

State Transit Authority

The State Transit Authority, also referred to as State Transit or STA, is an agency of the Government of New South Wales operating bus services in Sydney. Superseding the Urban Transit Authority in 1989, It was also responsible for the provision of ferry services in Sydney until 2004 and bus and ferry services in Newcastle until 2017. It reports to the Minister for Transport, Andrew Constance. The current chief executive is Steffen Faurby.

Waverton station is served by one NightRide route:

History

Present day Waverton Railway Station is located on the North Shore line, between Wollstonecraft and North Sydney railway stations. The "North Shore" of Sydney can be defined as a relatively narrow strip of land extending from Milson's Point to Waitara, a distance of approximately 20 kilometres (12 mi). [2]

In 1887, tenders were called for construction of a branch line extending south from Hornsby to the North Shore. The 16.8 km section between Hornsby and St. Leonard's was opened on 1 January 1890. Stations provided at the opening of the line included Chatswood and St. Leonard's. A single line was constructed at the time. The line between St. Leonard's and Milson's Point (the terminus at the edge of the harbour) was completed 1 May 1893. [2]

Waverton Railway Station was opened on 1 May 1895. At the time the station was named "Bay Road" but on 20 May 1929, "Bay Road" was renamed "Waverton" - the name it carries today. [2]

The area was scarcely settled in 1893, but a committee of inquiry found that the route for the line recommended was the best to give a good grade for the railway to the harbourside, hence the route opening up new areas for settlement. The line between St. Leonard's and Milson's Point (the terminus) was built as double track and both Wollstonecraft and Waverton stations were built to suit the duplicated track from the outset. [2]

At the time of opening, Waverton railway station comprised two side platforms (for Up and Down North Shore lines), with a small timber station building on each of the platforms. Bay Road tunnel (and Lavender Bay tunnel) were both built during construction of the line between St. Leonard's and Milsons Point and opened for service as double track tunnels in 1893. After leaving the previous station (Wollstonecraft), the North Shore line passes through a series of curves before passing through the relatively short Bay Road tunnel ('S' curve within the tunnel), then a rock cutting before entering Waverton station. The rock cutting is spanned by a bridge carrying a local road (Bay Road). The Booking Office for Waverton Railway Station was built on the overhead bridge with steps leading down to each of the platforms at the time of opening. [2]

Electrification of the North Shore line was opened in 1927, with full electric services in 1928. Automatic signalling followed and most signal boxes on the line were closed. The signalling in the vicinity of Waverton was then controlled by North Sydney signal box. [2]

With the opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridge in 1932 and construction of new stations at North Sydney and Milson's Point on a much higher level (to suit the bridge arrangements), the trackwork at Waverton was substantially altered. The original line which was laid down the grade, through the Lavender Bay tunnel to the original Milson's Point station at Lavender Bay became a branch line. The original terminus sidings at Milson's Point was then re-used as off peak storage sidings for the suburban electric cars, and is still in use today. To suit this new arrangement and allow electric car sets to either re-enter service after storage at the sidings, or for car sets to proceed to the sidings, a new dead-end siding was laid in behind the existing Down main platform at Waverton, but at a slightly higher level. Trains from the storage sidings would proceed into the dead-end, reverse and proceed through points toward North Sydney, whereas trains coming out of service would enter the dead-end siding from North Sydney, reverse and proceed down to Lavender Bay. This arrangement is still in use today. [2]

The 1895-built overhead Booking Office was replaced in 1993, with the design of the original structure and original features such as steps being repeated in the new building. [2]

Description

Buildings

Overhead Booking Office - 1993 replica of 1893 building [2]

Context

Waverton Railway Station consists of two platforms, platform shelters, new stairs and lifts, and an overhead booking office. [2]

Overhead booking office (1993)

The present building was rebuilt in 1993 substantially in the form and design of the original 1893 structure. The building fronts Bay Rd and spans across both railway tracks and is a single storey weatherboard building with corrugated-iron gabled roof with timber finials and gablets. The streetside veandah is supported on timber posts with decorative cast iron valance. [2]

Condition

As at 10 September 2008, the station building was good. [2]

Modifications and dates

Waverton Booking Office remains on the bridge much as it was built in 1893. Apart from a number of shelters on the platforms, there are no other railway buildings at Waverton station. Lifts have been added to the station arrangements in recent years. [2]

Heritage listing

As at 8 May 2013, Waverton Railway Station Building has significance for its aesthetic contribution to the historic character of the North Shore Line as a whole. The current overhead booking office was rebuilt in 1993, substantially in the form and detail of the original 1893 structure and makes an important contribution to the streetscape and surrounding setting. [2]

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

The place is important in demonstrating the course, or pattern, of cultural or natural history in New South Wales.

The place has historical significance for its associations with the opening of the Short North Line (connecting the North Shore to the harbour) and the resulting phase of increased development in the surrounding area in the late 19th Century. [2]

The place is important in demonstrating aesthetic characteristics and/or a high degree of creative or technical achievement in New South Wales.

Waverton Railway Station has significance for its aesthetic contribution to the historic character of the North Shore Line as a whole. The current overhead booking office was rebuilt in 1993, substantially in the form and detail of the original 1893 structure and makes an important contribution to the streetscape and surrounding setting. [2]

The place has strong or special association with a particular community or cultural group in New South Wales for social, cultural or spiritual reasons.

The place has the potential to contribute to the local community's sense of place and can provide a connection to the local community's history. [2]

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Attribution

CC-BY-icon-80x15.png This Wikipedia article contains material from Waverton Railway Station group , entry number 01284 in the New South Wales State Heritage Register published by the State of New South Wales and Office of Environment and Heritage 2018 under CC-BY 4.0 licence , accessed on 2 June 2018.