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Rylstone Railway Precinct

Item details

Name of item: Rylstone Railway Precinct
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Transport - Rail
Category: Railway Platform/ Station
Primary address: Dabee Street, Rylstone, NSW 2849
Parish: Dabee
County: Phillip
Local govt. area: Mid-Western Regional

Boundary:

The listing boundary commences as a line running parallel with the platform on the east side down the far side of the tracks to a point beyond the gatekeepers cottage (no longer owned by State Rail), then turning west across the tracks to the far side of the property boundary, then turning north along the property boundary and including the driveway and following the boundary back to the railway tracks, crossing them and taking in the yard boundary of the station masters residence (no longer owned by State Rail) on the east side.
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
Dabee StreetRylstoneMid-Western RegionalDabeePhillipPrimary Address

Owner/s

Organisation NameOwner CategoryDate Ownership Updated
Country Regional Network (CRN)Private 

Statement of significance:

The Rylstone railway precinct is a significant late-Victorian railway complex and an important feature within the townscape of Rylstone. The station building is an excellent example of a timber wayside station retaining original detailing and is typical of many similar railway buildings constructed during the 1870s and 1880s in NSW. The station building and yard retain many original elements including the setting, forecourt, and fences. (SHI database no. , SHR no. 1240, Mid-Western Regional LEP 2012 listing no. I29R
Date significance updated: 15 Jan 09
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Description

Physical description: Extant items include the type 4, timber, standard roadside station building (1884), corrugated iron goods shed with side shed, 72' x 22' crane, precast concrete platform face, dock platform, jib crane, loading bank, and landscaping in forecourt and station area.Railway Station Building:Form 4 identified by GML. Cream painted asymmetrical timber building with corrugated iron clad gable roof, central transverse gable and three painted brick chimneys. Decorative timber barge boards with pendants. Matching pavilions to either side. North pavilion constructed of asbestos cement sheeting and south pavilion of precast concrete, both with corrugated iron clad gable roofs (facing platform). Roadside verandah (west side) has corrugated iron clad skillion roof, plain square profile timber posts without brackets, cream timber valance and concrete base. Awning on platform side (east) with timber valance supported by plain square profile timber posts with no decorative brackets. Unsympathetic steel mesh cage enclosing platform and used as storage for miscellaneous items. Loop driveway with semicircular garden bed. Recently painted moulded timber panel doors to main building, front double doors of same style at west side and single doors with unsympathetic green metal framed fly screen door. Narrow sash windows. Door and windows to south pavilion boarded up with corrugated iron. Brick platform face with asphalt surface. (GML, 2016)
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Station Building:Condition: Good (2016) - Windows and doors intact, exterior painted, roof and guttering replaced, garden beds somewhat overgrown but healthy, some decay at base or south corner timber verandah post.Integrity: Medium (2016). Enclosed platform with cage, original infill removed between pavilions, original portico entrance not built to plans (or removed), pavilions reclad with cement sheeting, otherwise key features generally intact.
Date condition updated:26 Apr 07
Further information: Significance Assessment:SHR Criteria a)[Historical significance] The station building and yard at Rylstone are closely linked to the early development of Rylstone and surrounding districts and with a period of rapid expansion of railway infrastructure throughout NSW in the late 19th century. SHR Criteria c)[Aesthetic significance] The Rylstone railway precinct is a significant late-Victorian station complex and is an important feature within the townscape of Rylstone. SHR Criteria g)[Representativeness] The station building is an excellent extant example of a timber wayside station retaining original detailing, and is typical of many similar railway buildings constructed during the 1870s and 1880s in NSW. Integrity/Intactness: The station building and yard include many original elements, including the setting, forecourt, and fences which are in close to original form.
Current use: Used for storage (previously leased as a craft store).

History

Historical notes: Available records suggest that the earliest proposal for a railway line through the Mudgee area occurred in November 1873 with a proposal to construct a line from Kelso or Bathurst via Hill End, Mudgee and Gulgong. Exploration of areas between Mudgee and Wallerawang was completed by April 1874 and in subsequent years various potential routes were investigated and cost estimates for each possible line obtained. Once the preferred route had been selected, tenders for construction of the first section of the line opened in August 1880 and the line opened as far as Capertee in May 1882 (Rylstone Railway Centenary, c1984).Tenders for the second section of the line to Rylstone were opened in June 1881 and work completed by June 1884. There are conflicting records about when the station building at Rylstone opened, with 9 June 1884 the most likely date, but 9 January also recorded as the official opening date (Rylstone Railway Centenary, c1984; SRA, 1993). The rail service from Kandos to Gulgong was suspended in 1992 but the precise closing date of the station building at Rylstone is unclear (SRA, 1993).

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
The station building and yard at Rylstone are closely linked to the early development of Rylstone and surrounding districts and with a period of rapid expansion of railway infrastructure throughout NSW in the late 19th century.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
The Rylstone railway precinct is a significant late-Victorian station complex and is an important feature within the townscape of Rylstone.
SHR Criteria g)
[Representativeness]
The station building is an excellent extant example of a timber wayside station retaining original detailing, and is typical of many similar railway buildings constructed during the 1870s and 1880s in NSW.
Integrity/Intactness: The station building and yard include many original elements, including the setting, forecourt, and fences which are in close to original form.
Assessment criteria: Items are assessed against the PDF State Heritage Register (SHR) Criteria to determine the level of significance. Refer to the Listings below for the level of statutory protection.

Listings

Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Heritage Act - s.170 NSW State agency heritage register     

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
WrittenArchives section, State Rail Authority of NSW1993How and why of station names
Writtenunknown1984Rylstone Railway Centenary 1884-1984

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: State Government
Database number: 3150065


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