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 A brief history of Wynyard Railway Station in Sydney.
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 Return to top of page · Post #: 1 · Written at 7:28:00 PM on 25 February 2015.
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Some members will already know that Wynyard Railway Station was constructed in the late 1920s as part of the new underground CBD rail network and a greater neighbouring project, the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Wynyard would contain six platforms:-

2 platforms for the North Shore Line.
2 platforms for the City Circle Line.
2 platforms for Sydney's former tram system to the North Shore and Northern Beaches.

An old photo of platform 2 with trams waiting for passengers and platform 3 and one of Sydney's infamous Red Rattler trains bound for nearby Town Hall Station is below. Photos like this are extremely rare and the few that do exist rarely make it to public display unfortunately.

Also note the timber fence dividing light and heavy rail, the cooling fans above platform 2 and the old destination indicator board on platform 3.

Wynyard Trams


These days when travellers use Wynyard to board or alight trains they seldom notice that the platforms are numbered 3 to 6 and the question about where the hell platforms 1 and 2 are is rarely asked. Well, the area where these 'ghost' platforms are is still there but currently used as a carpark. The tunnels that once fed 1 and 2 are used as air ducts to feed fresh air into the carpark and a couple of the skyscrapers above the station and the portals are still visible from the pedestrian footpath on the eastern side of the Harbour Bridge. Under the Bradfield Plan, Wynyard was to become Sydney's only underground tram station. Below are two photos showing the stairs that still exist that once let passengers onto platforms 1 and 2, though these are concreted over to allow cars to park on top of them. Other stairs that connected platforms 1 and 2 to platforms 5 and 6 are also still in place but blocked off and the voids are currently used as store rooms for cleaning equipment.

Wynyard Railway Station
Wynyard Railway Station


Toward the end of 2014, the NSW Government launched a redevelopment of Wynyard Station. This will no doubt include new d├ęcor, brighter lighting and furniture but will most likely include historical touches such as inclusion of original railway signage that was recently installed at Town Hall Station. A photo of this is below.

Wynyard Railway Station


The next couple of photos show Wynyard's concourse with the false ceiling stripped away. Some original tiling still exists on pillars, as does remnants of an ancient emergency lighting system, all installed before all the modern touches, such as kilometres of electrical and communications wiring and fire sprinkler pipes. A hunt for original light fittings has not returned a result, though this hunt for lights and other artefacts will continue as this refurbishment project continues.

Wynyard Railway Station
Wynyard Railway Station


One thing I think we'd all like to know, out of curiosity, is what kind of valve radio the station master was using in 1932. It is interesting to note that the Department of Railways Building, which was built almost above Wynyard Station, is only a few doors away from 47 York Street, to be the home of AWA only seven years after Wynyard opened for business.


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A valve a day keeps the transistor away...

 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 2 · Written at 7:58:48 PM on 25 February 2015.
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Another interesting fact about the North Shore tramway that terminated at Wynyard is that it wasn't connected to the rest of the Sydney tram network.

I remember nearly 30 years ago seeing the old enamel London Tube style Wynyard station signs for sale in a Rail Fan (Gunzel) shop in Sydney. At that time Circular Quay station still had its original London Tube style signs. I think St. James & Museum were the only two city stations that never got rid of theirs.

I also remember the wooden escalators at Wynyard & Town Hall. Surely they don't still exist?


 
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I think St. James & Museum were the only two city stations that never got rid of theirs.

They've been replaced at some stage with the same type of enamel sign and Town Hall's new signs are also enamel replicas. These have a clearcoat over the top of the coloured enamel to protect the signs from graffiti attacks. I am sure that the railways have the original signs from Museum and St James stored somewhere safe.

I also remember the wooden escalators at Wynyard & Town Hall. Surely they don't still exist?

Not only do they still exist but they have all had their treads replaced, again with timber ones. These escalators and the two still in use at Town Hall (leading to platform 6 there) are heritage listed and cannot be switched for metallic ones.

I may get a photo of them before the end of the week.

I remember as a kid that all the original underground stations (plus Circular Quay which is on a viaduct) were colour coded. Town Hall: yellow, Wynyard: blue, Circular Quay: aqua, St James: green and Museum: brown.


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A valve a day keeps the transistor away...

 
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Here's a couple of photos I found on an image hunt. It's pretty hard to find anything relevant. I'd imagine there's plenty of photos out there but most hidden or forgotten.

Wynyard Railway Station Enamel Roundel Sign
Wynyard Railway Station Turnstiles


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A valve a day keeps the transistor away...

 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 5 · Written at 9:24:14 PM on 2 March 2015.
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Some more photos, as promised.

Wynyard Railway Station Escalators
Wynyard Railway Station Escalators
Wynyard Railway Station Fire Stairs
Wynyard Railway Station Entrance


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A valve a day keeps the transistor away...

 
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