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|Location||Silver City Highway, Broken Hill|
|Owned by||Transport Asset Holding Entity|
|Operated by||NSW TrainLink|
Crystal Brook-Broken Hill
|Distance||1124.80 kilometres from Central|
|Opened||15 July 1919|
|Rebuilt||4 June 1957|
Broken Hill railway station is a heritage-listed railway station located on the Broken Hill line in Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia. It was added to the New South Wales State Heritage Register on 2 April 1999.
Broken Hill station opened on 15 July 1919 when the line opened to Menindee. Until extended further east in 1927, the section was not connected to the rest of the New South Wales Government Railways network.
Broken Hill had a railway until 1888, with the Silverton Tramway connecting the city to Cockburn and Adelaide via Sulphide Street station. Broken Hill developed into an important location with the mines having provided a regular source of traffic.
Until its cessation in November 1989, Broken Hill was the terminus for the Silver City Comet from Orange. It was also the terminus for Australian National's Silver City Limited from Adelaide from December 1986 until 1990.
Journey Beyond Rail Expeditions' weekly Indian Pacific also calls at Broken Hill.
|1||services to Sydney Central|
|Indian Pacific||to Sydney Central & Perth|
The heritage-listed main station building is a type 18 design, constructed of brick, steel and glass with a clock tower in 1957.
The original 1919 station survives a short distance away, disused and derelict. The former stationmaster's residence at 265 Wills St has been privately owned since 1997. Neither building forms part of the modern station's heritage listing.
The new Broken Hill station is an excellent example of the application of the "modern style" to railway architecture. Very few sites of this scale were constructed at this time so this is a rare example. It was also one of the most expensive station buildings constructed reflecting political needs of the time.
The juxtaposition of the now derelict first station building opposite, in pre cast concrete construction which was a standard country station building highlights the contrast between the new and the old buildings. The scale of the newer building belies the potential needs of the station and it is closely aligned to the major Victorian station buildings in design intent (but not in style or construction).
Broken Hill railway station was listed on the New South Wales State Heritage Register on 2 April 1999 having satisfied the following criteria.
The place possesses uncommon, rare or endangered aspects of the cultural or natural history of New South Wales.
This item is assessed as historically rare. This item is assessed as scientifically rare. This item is assessed as arch. rare. This item is assessed as socially rare.
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