Re Oakhampton

 
  Inspector Chief Commissioner

Location: Gone to - I don't know..............
Earlier today, I was looking at the Gregory's Maxi Street Directory 2006. When I looked at the Newcastle section, I found that Oakhampton station (North Coast Line, between Telarah and Mindaribba) is shown as if it was still an open station. A check of both How and Why of Station Names and Rolf Bozier's website confirmed that Oakhampton had closed in October 1975. I have heard that the platform, in a semi-derelict condition, still stands (interestingly, near a new housing estate).

This set me thinking - how many other "ghost" stations are there out there on the CityRail network? One which comes to mind straightaway is Belford. Any others?

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  Junction box Chief Commissioner

Location: newy
A few years ago I was working Maitland and someone had rang maitland station to see if the Dungog could stop at Oakhampton on the way back at 2000hrs,I asked the driver and he agreed..
  Eungai79 Locomotive Driver

Location: Sydney, NSW
Wiragulla (first stop south of Dungog) was a 'ghost' for a number of years. I can't recall exactly when I read it, but I'm pretty sure it was a Railway Digest in the late 90's, and the brief article was along the lines of - Wiragulla had been 'sort of' closed for some years and did not appear on public TTs, yet trains had continued to stop there, so the staiton was tidied up (maybe painted and given new signage) and listed in the public TT. Interestingly, I remember the article stating that it was currently being used by seven pax per day (!) including some who used the morning peak service to Newcastle. See pics of Wiragulla on Rolfe Bozier's site.

I think Belford and Allandale had a similar official resurrection around this time.

A ghost station on the network map is the station for UWS between Werrington and Kingswood - there is a space there waiting for it.... waiting.... That station has been on the cards for years now.
  merob Chief Train Controller

Location: Approximately at SL30+002
A ghost station on the network map is the station for UWS between Werrington and Kingswood - there is a space there waiting for it.... waiting.... That station has been on the cards for years now.
"Eungai79"

It gets better than that.  At Blacktown ever since the new concourse was built (way back in 1995), every single map of the CityRail system has got the actual station name "Nepean" between Werrington and Kingswood.  It's been named, been actually placed on maps and until this day there isn't a single thing at the site.
  mikado5910 Chief Train Controller

Location: Kurri Kurri NSW
Regarding Oakhampton, the Mayor of Maitland, who is now odds-on to be the independent member for the seat after the State election, has been lobbying for the extension of CityRail services further north from Telarah to accommodate the enormous population growth in that corridor.
  Inspector Chief Commissioner

Location: Gone to - I don't know..............
A ghost station on the network map is the station for UWS between Werrington and Kingswood - there is a space there waiting for it.... waiting.... That station has been on the cards for years now.
"Eungai79"


Yes, I think I've seen it - the name "Nepean" appeared on the Suburban section of the TVM destination buttons (between Narwee and Newtown, if memory serves), circa 2002 - I could be wrong on the date. I remember seeing it on the TVMs at Beecroft and Killara. If you pressed the button, nothing appeared on the screen. It was, in due course, removed - the gap in the station names is readily apparent.
  Jas_3001 Chief Commissioner

Location: In the Workshop working on Secret Project X.
Here is some photos of Oakhampton taken on the 29/1/07.






  dasher Chief Commissioner

Location: Within the NSWGR
This set me thinking - how many other "ghost" stations are there out there on the CityRail network? One which comes to mind straightaway is Belford. Any others?
"Inspector"


Access to it has now been removed, but would Clyburn be another example?

Also, Woolhara might be included.

Newnes Junction as well?
  petey3801 Chief Commissioner

Location: On the rails
I love the size of the station there! Even Wirragulla is bigger...
  awsgc24 Minister for Railways

Location: Sydney
Here is some photos of Oakhampton taken on the 29/1/07.



"Jas_3001"


Someone should go and paint the sign to make it legible.
  Jas_3001 Chief Commissioner

Location: In the Workshop working on Secret Project X.

Someone should go and paint the sign to make it legible.
"awsgc24"


I can read it. A few of the letters have all ready fallen off with a few wanting to come off the sign. Rust is starting to take its toll. So what would you do about the letters that have fallen off if it was going to be painted?
  Jas_3001 Chief Commissioner

Location: In the Workshop working on Secret Project X.
I love the size of the station there! Even Wirragulla is bigger...
"petey3801"


I was told it was the smallest station on the network at the time of its closure.
  dasher Chief Commissioner

Location: Within the NSWGR
I think Oakhampton station used to be bigger than its current state. I took some photos back in 2001 which show some broken concrete surrounding the small metal platform. My inital thought was that they are the remains of a more substantial platform.

I will dig up the photos and post them if I can find them.
  coit Locomotive Driver

Location: Weston,NSW
The station is right next to a level crossing where a couple of farm roads come together.It used to have a more substantial concrete platform.
I can remember driving past it but not whether it was one or two cars long.
  Jas_3001 Chief Commissioner

Location: In the Workshop working on Secret Project X.
I think Oakhampton station used to be bigger than its current state. I took some photos back in 2001 which show some broken concrete surrounding the small metal platform. My inital thought was that they are the remains of a more substantial platform.

I will dig up the photos and post them if I can find them.
"dasher"



My photo on the last page with the 620 in it shows the other platform in the weeds and bushes.
  Inspector Chief Commissioner

Location: Gone to - I don't know..............


Access to it has now been removed, but would Clyburn be another example?

Also, Woolhara might be included.

Newnes Junction as well?
"dasher"


Hmmm - yes! Also, there's Bowenfels, at the very end of the Western Overhead (is it still "live"?). Between Lithgow and Bowenfels, there was also Cooerwull (now gone without trace), while of course, on the Sydney side of Lithgow, there's Eskbank.

On the Illawarra, I believe (correct me if I'm wrong) that Lilyvale still stands, as does the short platform of Clifton (between Coal Cliff Tunnel and Scarborough), while the platform of Jasper's Brush (between Berry and Bomaderry) is still in existence.
  Jas_3001 Chief Commissioner

Location: In the Workshop working on Secret Project X.
On the Illawarra, I believe (correct me if I'm wrong) that Lilyvale still stands, as does the short platform of Clifton (between Coal Cliff Tunnel and Scarborough), while the platform of Jasper's Brush (between Berry and Bomaderry) is still in existence.
"Inspector"


As far as i know ive walked threw the tunnels of the old alignment and Lilyvale was destroyed when the overhead went threw (in 1985????).

Cant speek for the other two.
  dasher Chief Commissioner

Location: Within the NSWGR
On the Illawarra, I believe (correct me if I'm wrong) that Lilyvale still stands, as does the short platform of Clifton (between Coal Cliff Tunnel and Scarborough), while the platform of Jasper's Brush (between Berry and Bomaderry) is still in existence.
"Inspector"


There is nothing left of the station at Clifton.

Another inclsion up north would be Farley, one of the platforms is still there... very overgrown. What about Suphlide Junction as well?

Would any of the remaining platforms on the Loop Line count?
  Inspector Chief Commissioner

Location: Gone to - I don't know..............
Thanks for the correction on Clifton - I remember seeing it in pre-electrification days. I wouldn't include the out-of-use platforms on the Picton-Mittagong loop, as I had in mind those stations which are out of use on operational sections of the CityRail system. For this reason, I didn't mention the Ropes Creek or Toronto branches. Similarly, I wouldn't include old Milson's Point, as although the Lavender Bay branch is still operational (albeit non-passenger), there is no trace of the station buildings/platforms.
  johnboy Chief Commissioner

Location: Up the road from Gulgong
I love the size of the station there! Even Wirragulla is bigger...
"petey3801"


I was told it was the smallest station on the network at the time of its closure.
"Jas_3001"

Yeah, looks 1/2 the size of Zig Zag!
  SinCity Assistant Commissioner

Location: Maitland
Sorry to flog a dead horse but saves making a new thread...

Support to reopen several small railway stations around Maitland has gained momentum.

Transport advocate Bob Bell, who has been involved in the Hunter Commuter Council for almost 25 years, wrote a transport paper about the city’s rail needs and submitted it to the state government in mid 2011, but the stations remained closed.

Now Greens mayoral candidate for Maitland Jan Davis has joined the debate and argued the Oakhampton railway station must be reopened to meet the needs of the growing population in Aberglasslyn.

Mr Bell said Oakhampton was not the only issue and there were many stations closed by the previous Labor government such as Farley and Wallarobba, which needed to be rebuilt with car parks and an integrated bus network attached to them to give residents in these areas direct access to public transport.

Mr Bell said he submitted the paper to the offices of Maitland MP Robyn Parker, Newcastle MP Tim Owen and other Hunter politicians and was disappointed with their lack of enthusiasm to fix the problem.

“Robyn Parker got back to me seven months later and said they were developing a long-term strategy,” he said.

“The problem is that the people in government don’t look 10 to 15 years ahead they only look to the next election.”

Ms Davis said park and ride facilities throughout Maitland needed to be brought up to standard and many motorists found it difficult to find a safe space to park to catch the train.

“Using public transport whenever possible will cut greenhouse gas production, ensure services are funded appropriately and help us keep fitter,” she said



I actually live around the corner from Oakhampton, So it would be interesting to see it resurrected.
  donttellmywife Chief Commissioner

Location: Antofagasta
...Mr Bell said Oakhampton was not the only issue and there were many stations closed by the previous Labor government such as Farley and Wallarobba...
"Maitland Mercury via SinCity"


Farley was closed in 1975.  Wallarobba is still open.  I'm not sure you can hold the "previous Labor government" responsible for either of those.
  drwaddles In need of a breath mint

Location: Newcastle
...Mr Bell said Oakhampton was not the only issue and there were many stations closed by the previous Labor government such as Farley and Wallarobba...
"Maitland Mercury via SinCity"


Farley was closed in 1975. Wallarobba is still open. I'm not sure you can hold the "previous Labor government" responsible for either of those.
"donttellmywife"


Yeah, it was the carbon tax, wasn't it?
  Raichase Captain Rant!

Location: Sydney, NSW
Given the housing development that has EXPLODED north/north-west of Maitland, it isn't surprising to see calls for a station to be built/rebuilt in this area.
  drwaddles In need of a breath mint

Location: Newcastle
Oakhampton is probably not as useful as a station site somewhere near the junction of Aberglassyn Road/Denton Park Drive. That would be much more convenient for the majority of residents, keeping in mind that the Oakhampton area is floodprone and unlikely to be too much further developed. The 'centre of gravity' of the development will always be further south.

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