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Forbes Railway Station

Item details

Name of item: Forbes Railway Station
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Transport - Rail
Category: Railway Platform/ Station
Primary address: Lewis Street, Forbes, NSW 2871
Parish: Forbes
County: Ashburnham
Local govt. area: Forbes


The boundary of the listing is Union St frontage to the south west intersecting with the Newell Highway and the railway line and following the north-eastern side of the tracks approximately 10 metres from the track until a point where they meet the north-western boundary of the residence, then following that boundary back to Union St.
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
Lewis StreetForbesForbesForbesAshburnhamPrimary Address


Organisation NameOwner CategoryDate Ownership Updated
Australian Rail Track CorporationState Government 

Statement of significance:

Forbes railway station is an excellent surviving example of a standard roadside station building in good condition which retains its traditional setting. Traditional entrance arrangements and plantings have been retained, making this one of few station buildings in NSW that include or retain a significant garden or garden feature.

The station building is a significant civic building located at the northern entrance to the town and remains an important element in the townscape of Forbes.
Date significance updated: 17 Oct 07
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Builder/Maker: F. Bartlett
Construction years: 1893-1893
Physical description: Extant items within the Forbes railway precinct include the type 4, brick, standard roadside station building (1893), brick and concrete platform faces (1893), dock platform, fences, landscaping, and entrance forecourt.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Date condition updated:17 Oct 07


Historical notes: The railway station and yard at Forbes opened on 18 December 1893 with a 100m platform and station buildings on the Down side of the line. Early structures included a goods shed, station building, Station Master's house, coal stage, two-track carriage shed, stockyards, wool loading platform (all c1893), and turntable (c1893, replaced in 1902). Later additions to the yard included a 20 tonne weighbridge installed in 1911, grain shed (1911), wheat stacking site (1916), additional 20 tonne cart weighbridge (1919), and the construction of a 500 tonne capacity concrete wheat silo (c1920s - 1930s). A wheat depot was erected in 1959 (Forsyth, 1991).

In 1893 the town water supply was used for steam locomotives, via a 101mm diameter pipe and held in a 90kl round tank near the coal stage, north of the station. The water tank supplied a 228mm water column on the Up side of the Main line (also north of the station). Various sidings were introduced: in 1889 (Forbes Milling Company's siding), between 1917 and 1938 (Gas Works siding), 1929 (Vacuum siding), 1958, 1961, 1970, 1985, 1987, and various dates in between. Also located within the Forbes yard was a rest house (barracks) which closed in 1967 (Forsyth, 1991).

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
3. Economy-Developing local, regional and national economies Transport-Activities associated with the moving of people and goods from one place to another, and systems for the provision of such movements (none)-
4. Settlement-Building settlements, towns and cities Utilities-Activities associated with the provision of services, especially on a communal basis (none)-
5. Working-Working Labour-Activities associated with work practises and organised and unorganised labour (none)-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
The station building and former yard are associated with the early development of Forbes, with the railway station opening in 1893, approximately thirty years after the first settlement of the town in the early 1860s.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
The station building and plantings retain a high level of aesthetic significance.
SHR Criteria d)
[Social significance]
The station building has traditionally been an important landmark in Forbes and remains a significant civic building valued by the community.
SHR Criteria f)
The Forbes railway station/precinct remains one of few station buildings or precincts in NSW that includes or retains a significant and well maintained garden or significant garden feature.
SHR Criteria g)
Forbes railway station is an excellent surviving example of a standard roadside station building.
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.


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

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
State Rail Authority Heritage Register Study1999SRA343State Rail Authority  No

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
WrittenJ.H. Forsyth1991Stations and tracks: volume 3A: Southern branch lines
WrittenState Rail Authority of NSW, Archives Section1993How and why of station names

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: State Government
Database number: 4280343

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