Coniston railway station, New South Wales

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Coniston
Coniston Station
Northbound view from Bridge Street in January 2008
Location Gladstone Avenue, Coniston
New South Wales
Australia
Coordinates 34°26′17″S 150°53′06″E / 34.4380°S 150.8850°E / -34.4380; 150.8850Coordinates: 34°26′17″S 150°53′06″E / 34.4380°S 150.8850°E / -34.4380; 150.8850
Owned by RailCorp
Operated by NSW TrainLink
Line(s) South Coast
Distance 84.097 km from Central[1]
Platforms 2 (side), 132 and 139 metres[1]
Train operators NSW TrainLink
Bus operators Premier Illawarra
Construction
Structure type At-grade
Parking 68 spaces
Bicycle facilities Yes
Architectural style Inter-war functionalism
Other information
Website Sydney Trains
History
Opened 1 April 1916[2]
Rebuilt 20 May 1941
Electrified 4 February 1986[3]
Previous names Mount Drummond
Traffic
Passengers (2014) 82,932[4]
Rank 188th of 307[5]
Services
Preceding station   NSW TrainLink   Following station
South Coast Line
towards Port Kembla

Coniston is an intercity train station located in Coniston, New South Wales, Australia, on the South Coast railway line. The station serves NSW TrainLink trains travelling south to Port Kembla or Kiama and north to Wollongong and Sydney.[6] Premier Illawarra operates connecting bus services to surrounding suburbs and the University of Wollongong.

History

The functionalist 1941 platform buildings feature Art Deco-influenced 'fins' on each end.

The district south of central Wollongong began to develop as an industrial area at the beginning of the 20th century. In 1916, the NSW Government Railways opened a branch line from the main South Coast line south of Wollongong to the new wharves at Port Kembla. The branch's sole passenger station was Mount Drummond, but it closed in 1923, reopening as Coniston in 1925. A "Coniston Station Estate" surrounding the station, consisting of industrial and residential allotments, was subdivided in 1939. The branch line assumed increased significance with Australia's entry into World War II, with a dramatic increase in steel production prompting the Railways to duplicate the line from Wollongong to Cringila. Coniston Station was demolished in 1941 and replaced with a new two-platform station at its present-day, main line location.[7]

The new station included three single-storey buildings: a ticket office at street level on Gladstone Avenue, and two identical platform buildings containing a waiting room and toilets. The buildings were constructed in the functionalist style from dichromatic brick using iron oxide and clinker bricks with soldier courses. The platform buildings feature distinctive Art Deco style vertical 'fins' extending above the awnings at both ends. While all three buildings remain today, the exteriors have been painted over and the original internal fit-outs removed. The station is deemed to have local heritage significance.[7]

Services

Platform Line Stopping pattern Notes
1 services to Thirroul, Waterfall, Sydney Central & Bondi Junction [8]
2 services to Port Kembla & Kiama [8]

References

  1. ^ a b Asset Standards Authority (30 April 2015). "Train Operating Conditions (TOC) Manual – Track Diagrams (version 3.0)" (PDF). 
  2. ^ Bozier, Rolfe. "NSWrail.net: Coniston Station". 
  3. ^ Office of Environment & Heritage (9 October 2009). "Wollongong Railway Station Group". 
  4. ^ Bureau of Transport Statistics (March 2015). "Summary of train journeys (official patronage figures)". Archived from the original on 23 September 2015. 
  5. ^ Bureau of Transport Statistics (November 2012). Compendium of Sydney Rail Travel Statistics, 8th Edition. 
  6. ^ Sydney Trains (October 2014). "South Coast Line – Bomaderry or Port Kembla to Central and Bondi Junction". 
  7. ^ a b Office of Environment & Heritage (29 May 2009). "Coniston Railway Station Group". 
  8. ^ a b "South Coast line timetable" (PDF). NSW Trainlink. 20 October 2013 [amended February 2015]. 

External links

  • Media related to Coniston railway station at Wikimedia Commons
  • Coniston station details Sydney Trains
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