Classic Railway Stations

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    Sydney Central Station, NSW

    The first terminal station in Sydney was built in 1855 on a site known as the Cleveland Paddocks, located between Devonshire and Cleveland Streets, midway between today's Central and Redfern stations. It also incorporated a goods train line that passed under the George Street road overbridge at Railway Square in what was known as 'The Dive'.

    Flinders St. Station, Melbourne

    One of Melbourne's most recognisable buildings, Flinders Street station, in the heart of the city on the banks of the Yarra River, has been the focal point of the City's rail system since 1854 and the circulation patterns and forms that evolved from that date are reflected in the present building. No one can mistake its uniquely designed dome and the arches.

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    Southern Cross Station, Melbourne

    Southern Cross Railway Station evolved out of the redevelopment of Spencer Street Station. It turned the site into an efficient transport interchange, allowing connections between suburban, intrastate and interstate trains, local and airport buses, taxis and trams.

    Collie, WA

    The Collie Historical Rail Precinct includes numerous structures including a locomotive Roundhouse, Old Goods Shed, Bill Weir Rolling Stock Shed and Railway Footbridge. The original Goods Shed, designed by C.Y. O’Connor and built in 1898 now houses an interpretive display and echoes to the sound of regular Sunday markets.

    Ben Lomond, NSW

    The Collie Historical Rail Precinct includes numerous structures including a locomotive Roundhouse, Old Goods Shed, Bill Weir Rolling Stock Shed and Railway Footbridge. The original Goods Shed, designed by C.Y. O’Connor and built in 1898 now houses an interpretive display and echoes to the sound of regular Sunday markets.

    Tarcoola, SA

    Tarcoola, a former goldmining town, marks the junction of the standard gauge railway from Adelaide, with one line continuing north to Darwin, and the other turning west to Perth. There are only a handful of people living permanently in Tarcoola today, while relief and maintenance crews use the railway quarters during the working week.

    Spring Bluff, Qld

    Spring Bluff Railway Station is a heritage listed site located on the historic Ipswich to Toowoomba railway line, completed in April 1867. In 1914 Queensland Railways launched a garden competition to encourage railway staff to beautify the stations and grow vegetables. The gardens are now beautifully maintained and have won awards in the Carnival of Flowers competition over many years.

    Malmsbury, Vic

    Built in 1862 of basalt by Robert Turnbull & Co, the Malmsbury Railway Station on the historic Melbourne-Echuca Line is historically significant as one of the earliest stations built in Victoria. Built during the period of the 'main trunk lines', c.1857 - c.1869, these were the formative years of railway development in Victoria.

    Wallangarra, Qld

    Wallangarra railway station is a heritage-listed railway station at Wallangarra in the Southern Downs Region town of Queensland. It was built in 1877 along the state border of Queensland and New South Wales It was added to the Queensland Heritage Register on 28 March 2003.

    Terowie, SA

    Terowie, a desgnated historic town, was once a thriving railway town, but today is a mere shadow of what it used to be. Terowie was the change of gauge junction for the railway north to Alice Springs, west to Kalgoorlie and east to Broken Hill. Each line had a different gauge. It was here, during World War II, that General Douglas MacArthur made his famous promise to the waiting press - "I Will Return".

    Bunbury, WA

    The Old Bunbury railway station was the main railway station for Bunbury from 1894 until 1996. The original structure was constructed in the 1880s; the railway was not connected to Perth at that stage. On 14 November 1894, the first station opened as the terminus for the South Western Railway.

    Quorn, SA

    Quorn Railway Station has a significant if not colourful role in railway history in South Australia. It was planned as a railway junction for rail traffic travelling north-south and east-west across the continent and for the transport of minerals from the Flinders Ranges. The Great Northern Railway, later known as the Central Australia Railway, reached Quorn from Port Augusta in 1879.

    Seymour, Vic

    Seymour Railway Station was constructed in 1874 on the Melbourne-Wodonga line. It is a unique and essentially intact example of the most extravagant railway station complex on the North Eastern railway. The station is home to the Seymour Railway Heritage Centre Inc., a railway preservation group dedicated to the restoration and preservation of locomotives and rolling stock as used on the railways of Victoria.

    Junee, NSW

    The heritage-listed Junee railway station, located on the Main South line in New South Wales,serves the town of Junee in the Junee Shire. Junee is served by two daily NSW TrainLink XPT services in each direction operating between Sydney and Melbourne, and a twice weekly NSW TrainLink Xplorer between Griffith and Sydney split from Canberrra services at Goulburn. The Junee Roundshouse is now a railway museum.

    Cook, SA

    As remote towns go, it doesn't get any more isolated than this. At the centre of the Nullarbor, in the harshest of climates, lies the ghost town of Cook. Nothing but desert for miles around, even the Eyre Highway, which crosses the Nullarbor, is 100km away to the south. Adelaide and Perth are more than 1000 kilometres away on either side. The nearest town is Ceduna, a five-hour drive away.

    Kuranda, Qld

    Kuranda Station is world renowned for its tropical gardens and historic significance. It is possibly one of the most photographed railway stations in the world. The heritage-listed buildings blend with the tropical surrounds providing a relaxed environment to enjoy. The Kuranda Railway Tea Rooms at the station offer a great range of souvenirs and refreshments.

    Marree, SA

    Marree, South Australia (formerly Hergott Springs), is located in a remote area, 589 kilometres (366 mi) north of Adelaide at the junction of the infamous Oodnadatta Track and the Birdsville Track. At the heart of the town is a defunct railway station with two derelict Ghan trains waiting patiently. These bullish old locos are the colour of dried blood and have an inverted chevron on the nose. One has a sign: "FOR SALE".

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