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Sydney CityRail Transit

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 Sydney Trains

Sydney (approx. 5.3 mill. inhabitants), capital of New South Wales and largest city in Australia.

Sydney Trains (formerly CityRail) is a frequent suburban train service which runs underground in the centre of Sydney. Double-deck trains are used on all routes spreading out from the city centre as far as 60 km to Richmond or 56 km to MacArthur. Lines are bundled in the central area and offer a metro-like service with trains every few minutes during peak hours. A diversion of the East Hills Line via the Airport opened on 21 May 2000 in time for the Olympic Games.

On 23 Feb 2009, the 12.5 km underground rail link between Epping and Chatswood in the northwest of the metropolitan area was added to the network. There are three intermediate stations.

On 08 Feb 2015, the "South West Rail Link" started serving the new 8 km branch from Glenfield to Leppington with one intermediate station at Edmondson Park. Trains shuttle every 30 minutes between Leppington and Liverpool, skipping Casula station. [Project Website]

Recent additions to Sydney's rail network:

23-06-1979: Erskineville Junction-Bondi Junction
21-12-1987: East Hills-Glenfield Junction
05-11-1996: Merrylands-Harris Park
08-03-1998: Flemington Goods Junctions [or Homebush Bay East Fork Junction] - Olympic Park
   [08-03-1998: Homebush Bay West Fork Junction - Flemington North Junction closed]
08-03-1998: Flemington Goods Junctions-Lidcombe
21-05-2000: Central-Turrella via Airport
23-02-2009: Epping-Chatswood
08-02-2015: Glenfield-Leppington


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 Rail Projects

- Northwest Rail Link: Epping - Rouse Hill (Cudgegong Rd), 23 km now designed to become a driverless metro line, including 15 km tunnels from Bella Vista to Epping, to be linked to existing Epping - Chatswood tunnel, later planned to continue underground into the city centre with a tunnel below Sydney Harbour, and then take over the existing Bankstown branch.
[Project Website]

- Sydney Metro: a deep-level tunnel is being built between Chatswood in the north and Sydenham in the south via the city centre as part of a cross-city metro line, which will include the Northwest Rail Link and an upgraded rail line to Bankstown. Opening 2024/25.
[Project Website]

- Sydney Metro West: underground metro line to connect Sydney CBD to Parramatta via Olympic Park [Project Website]


 Light Rail

Starting from Central Station, a modern tram line (Sydney Metro Light Rail) runs via the Convention Centre and Darling Harbour to the inner western suburbs of Glebe and Lilyfield (7.2 km). The largest part of the route re-uses an abandoned freight railway. The light rail line, now labelled L1, was finally extended to Dulwich Hill in 2014. The Sydney Light Rail is operated by Transdev Australasia (TDA).

Construction of a modern tram line from Circular Quay via the CBD to the southeastern districts was launched in 2014 [Project Website].

11 Aug 1997: Central Station - Wentworth Park
13 Aug 2000: Wentworth Park - Lilyfield
27 Mar 2014: Lilyfield -Dulwich Hill (5.6 km)

Parramatta Light Rail - a tram system serving the western suburbs will start construcion in 2019: Westmead - Parramatta CBD - Camellia (- Carlingford via existing rail tracks) [Project Website]


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Sydney Trains (Official Page) Urban Rail Down Under

NSW Public Transport Directory Online > Light Rail

Sydney Airport Rail Link

Light Rail Extension Projects

Sydney Trains at Wikipedia

Matthew Geier's Sydney Light Rail Page

NSW Rail Transport Museum

Complete rail network map for Sydney CityRail

Sydney Tramway Museum

David Johnson's photo collection of NSW electric trains

Read your webmaster's personal impressions of the Sydney CityRail system in the UrbanRail.Blog



 Sydney Monorail

In the city centre of Sydney, the Sydney Monorail, was an elevated circle line running only anti-clockwise, linking many points of touristic interest in the central business district and the Darling Harbour area. The 3.6 km monorail line started operations in 1988, but ceased to do so on 30 June 2013, before being dismantled.

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