Sydney’s newest ghost train platforms

Four months after trains were stopped on Sydney’s Carlingford railway line, four new ghost train stations have appeared.

Telopea train platform after the rail line was removed — 13th April 2020

As Transport for NSW prepares to build the new Parramatta Light Rail line, workers have been removing the Carlingford rail line that serviced the region for 133 years ago.

Dundas train platform after the rail line was removed — 13th April 2020

One of the six train stations on the old Carlingford train line has already been demolished. Two stations are protected by heritage listings.

The former site of the Rydalmere train station — 13th April 2020

In the weeks leading up to Easter 2020, the Rydalmere station was removed. The station had been erected on the 28th June 1993 and appeared to hold little historic value.

Heritage listed Dundas train station — Built in 1896

The train stations at Dundas and Clyde are listed on the New South Wales State Heritage Register which means they can’t be demolished. The state government is planning to incorporate the old Dundas train platform into the new Parramatta Light Rail infrastructure. The station at Clyde is still in use each day because it’s part of the western train line.

Rosehill train platforms after the rail line was removed — 13th April 2020

Based on publicly available information both platforms at the former Rosehill train station will be removed to allow for Sydney Metro infrastructure to be built.

Rosehill train station was a unique suburban train station in New South Wales — One of its train platforms was long enough to service a 16-carriage train. The lengthy platform was located on the eastern rail line — and helped move racegoers straight from the track and onto the train.

Rosehill train platforms after the rail line was removed — 13th April 2020

Two train stations that also appear to be earmarked for demolition in 2020 are located at Camelia an Telopea.

Telopea train platform after the rail line was removed — 13th April 2020

The rail line north of Parramatta Road through to Carlingford has been removed and the sleepers have been stacked just south of the old Rosehill train station.

Camellia train platform after the rail line was removed — 13th April 2020
Camellia after the rail lines were removed — 13th April 2020

The state government says the new Parramatta Light Rail will be 12km in length and travel from Carlingford down the old rail route to Camellia, then west to Parramatta, North Parramatta and Westmead. The light rail maintenance facility will be located along the old Sandown train line — Just east from where the Camellia train station was located. The line is expected to open in 2023.

Parramatta Light Rail map issued by the NSW Government — 2020
Images of the former Carlingford train line near the Parramatta River and Western Sydney University.
The former Carlingford rail line near Rosehill Racecourse — 13th April 2020
The former Carlingford rail line — Rosehill — 13th April 2020
The former Carlingford rail line at Rosehill

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