Kembla Grange railway station

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Kembla Grange
NSW TrainLink intercity train station
Unanderra · Dapto
Kembla Grange Station
Location West Dapto Road, Kembla Grange
New South Wales
Australia
Coordinates 34°28′12″S 150°49′05″E / 34.4699°S 150.8180°E / -34.4699; 150.8180Coordinates: 34°28′12″S 150°49′05″E / 34.4699°S 150.8180°E / -34.4699; 150.8180
Owned by RailCorp
Line(s) South Coast
Distance 91.586 km from Central[1]
Platforms 1 (119 metres)[1]
Train operators NSW TrainLink
Bus operators Premier Illawarra
Construction
Structure type At-grade
Parking Yes
Disabled access Not accessible
Other information
Website Sydney Trains
History
Opened 1 January 1890[2]
Electrified 24 January 1993[3]
Previous names Kembla Grange Racecourse
Traffic
Passengers (2014) 134[4]
Rank 298th (equal last) of 307[3]
Services
Preceding station   NSW TrainLink   Following station
South Coast Line

Kembla Grange is a single-platform intercity train station located in Kembla Grange, New South Wales, Australia, on the South Coast railway line. The station serves NSW TrainLink trains travelling south to Kiama and north to Wollongong and Sydney.[5] Premier Illawarra bus services to Wollongong, Keiraville, Port Kembla, Shellharbour and Unanderra stop near the station.

The station ranked equal last for patronage on the metropolitan network in 2012,[3] and was one of 23 on the metropolitan rail network to record an average of fewer than one passenger per day in 2014.[4]

The railway through Kembla Grange was built as part of a South Coast Line extension from Wollongong to Bombo and opened in November 1887.[6] Three years later, Kembla Grange Station was opened to serve the Kembla Grange Racecourse across the road. Kembla Grange is only open on Saturdays, Sundays and other race days. When open, the station operates as an on-request stop.[5] A special siding and loading bank for horses operated at the station between 1912 and 1942.[7] The internal NSW TrainLink code used for the station is KGG, a reference to the racehorses.[citation needed]

The small breeze block waiting shed features a decorative gabled roof, and nameboard designed to suggest a racecourse winning post. The building was installed around the time the racecourse was redeveloped by the Department of Sport & Recreation in 1987.[7]

Electrification reached Kembla Grange in 1993 and electronic ticketing, in the form of the Opal smartcard system, arrived in 2014.[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: Kembla Grange Station". 
  3. ^ a b c Bureau of Transport Statistics (November 2012). Compendium of Sydney Rail Travel Statistics, 8th Edition. 
  4. ^ a b Bureau of Transport Statistics (March 2015). "Summary of train journeys (official patronage figures)". 
  5. ^ a b Sydney Trains (October 2014). "South Coast Line – Bomaderry or Port Kembla to Central and Bondi Junction". 
  6. ^ Bozier, Rolfe. "NSWrail.net: South Coast Line – history". 
  7. ^ a b City of Wollongong Library (29 June 2015). "History of Kembla Grange". 
  8. ^ Opal card available on all Sydney trains by next Friday Sydney Morning Herald 20 March 2014

External links

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