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Murwillumbah
Abandoned Line Murwillumbah Railway Station - panoramio.jpg
Murwillumbah station in 2008
Location Old Pacific Highway, South Murwillumbah,
Australia
Coordinates 28°19′48″S 153°24′10″E / 28.3299°S 153.4027°E / -28.3299; 153.4027Coordinates: 28°19′48″S 153°24′10″E / 28.3299°S 153.4027°E / -28.3299; 153.4027
Owned by Transport Asset Holding Entity
Operated by NSW TrainLink
Line(s) Murwillumbah
Distance 934.91 km (580.93 mi) from Central
Platforms 1
Tracks 2
Construction
Structure type Ground
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Status
  • Closed for rail passenger transport
  • Serves as a coach station
History
Opened 24 December 1894
Closed 16 May 2004
Official name Murwillumbah Railway Station and yard group
Type State heritage (complex / group)
Designated 2 April 1999
Reference no. 1206
Type Railway Platform/ Station
Category Transport - Rail

The Murwillumbah railway station is a heritage-listed former terminus railway station located on the Murwillumbah line in South Murwillumbah, in the Tweed Shire local government area of New South Wales, Australia. The former railway station is also known as the Murwillumbah Railway Station and yard group. The station opened on 24 December 1894 and closed on 16 May 2004 when the line from Casino was closed. The station was added to the New South Wales State Heritage Register on 2 April 1999.

History

Beyond the station, the line continued for a few kilometres as a freight line to Condong. It served a sugar mill until 1972. Murwillumbah had a X200 shunter until the opening of a new motorail siding in August 1988 made it surplus.

Despite no longer being served by trains, the station remains open as a NSW TrainLink booking office. The station forecourt is served by NSW TrainLink coach services to Casino, Tweed Heads and Robina, and Premier Motor Service services to Brisbane, Lismore and Sydney. It is also currently used as the town's tourist information centre.

Description

The complex comprises a type 12 station pre-cast concrete freight station, erected c. 1926; a goods shed being a side shed without awning with an end platform, erected in 1894. Other structures included a concrete/steel/brick platform face; a water tower with a round brick base with cast iron tank over, erected c. 1894; and a jib crane - T533, erected 1894.

Murwillumbah had one platform, with a passing loop and motorail siding at the northern end of the station. It was served by trains from Sydney including the North Coast Mail until 1973, when replaced by the Gold Coast Motorail which in February 1990 was replaced by a XPT service.

Heritage listing

Murwillumbah is a good example of a station constructed in the 1920s from pre cast concrete, the predominant material of the period of which relatively little has survived. The building is a substantial structure which has maintained the form of the earlier building with the change of material. It forms part of a group that contains a very good goods shed example and a rare water tank on a round brick base, only three of these were built, all on the north coast line. The station building has had some recent additions of poor quality which detract from significance. The site is also significant because of its connection with the carrying of vehicles on the Motorail service (no longer operating) and the facilities connected with that activity.

The Murwillumbah 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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