Waterfall railway station, Sydney

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Waterfall railway station.jpg
Northbound view in November 2011
Location Kooraban Street, Waterfall
Coordinates 34°08′04″S 150°59′40″E / 34.134395°S 150.994506°E / -34.134395; 150.994506Coordinates: 34°08′04″S 150°59′40″E / 34.134395°S 150.994506°E / -34.134395; 150.994506
Owned by RailCorp
Operated by Sydney Trains
Line(s) Illawarra
Distance 38.74 kilometres from Central
Platforms 2 (1 island)
Tracks 4
Structure type Ground
Other information
Status Staffed
Station code WFL
Website Transport for NSW
Opened 9 March 1886
Rebuilt 4 May 1905
Electrified Yes
Previous names Waterfalls
Passengers (2013) 530 (daily)[1] (Sydney Trains, NSW TrainLink)
Rank 183
Preceding station   Sydney Trains   Following station
Terminus T4
Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra Line
Preceding station   NSW TrainLink   Following station
South Coast Line

Waterfall railway station is located on the Ilawarra line, serving the Sydney suburb of Waterfall. It is served by Sydney Trains T4 Illwarra line services and NSW TrainLink South Coast services.


The station opened on 9 March 1886 as Waterfalls, being renamed later in the year. It served as the line's terminus until it was extended to Scarborough in 1887. When the line was duplicated from Hurstville on 12 December 1890, the station was relocated northwards. In 1897 a locomotive depot opened.[2][3]

On 4 May 1905 the station moved 600 metres north to its present location.[3]

On 20 December 1994, a shunting accident involving two empty S sets saw one train jack-knife onto the platform, demolishing the concrete pedestrian bridge.[4] South of Waterfall railway station is the site of the Waterfall train disaster, a rail accident that claimed the lives of the driver and six passengers on 31 January 2003.

Work commenced in late 2013 to make the station fully wheelchair accessible.[5]


Waterfall has sidings for staging freight trains in either direction and a bypass track for goods trains on either side of the platforms. There are also three sidings for the stabling of suburban electric trains to the east of the station. If both platforms at Waterfall station are occupied, then trains that do not stop at Waterfall will also pass by on the bypass tracks.

Platforms & services

Platform Line Stopping pattern Notes
1 terminating services to & from Bondi Junction [6]
services to Sydney Central & Bondi Junction [7]
2 terminating services to & from Bondi Junction [6]
services to Port Kembla & Kiama [7]


Track layout


  1. ^ Bureau of Transport Statistics. "Train Statistics 2014" (PDF). Transport NSW. Retrieved 13 July 2018.
  2. ^ Waterfall Station NSWrail.net
  3. ^ a b Waterfall Railway Residences & Yard NSW Environment
  4. ^ "Waterfall Collision Puts Focus on Procedures" Railway Digest February 1995 page 6
  5. ^ Waterfall station upgrade Transport for NSW Retrieved 13 July 2015
  6. ^ a b "T4: Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra line timetable". Transport for NSW.
  7. ^ a b "South Coast line timetable". Transport for NSW.

Further reading

"Waterfall and its Three Stations" Australian Railway Historical Society Bulletin October 1961

External links

  • Media related to Waterfall railway station at Wikimedia Commons
  • Waterfall station details Transport for New South Wales
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