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Warrimoo Railway Station Group

Item details

Name of item: Warrimoo Railway Station Group
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Transport - Rail
Category: Railway Platform/ Station
Primary address: Great Western Highway, , NSW
Local govt. area: Unknown

Boundary:

Northern: RailCorp property boundary to landscaped area parallel to Railway Parade (car park not included); South: RailCorp property boundary to the land fronting Great Western Highway; Western: 10 metres from end of platforms;Eastern: 10 metres from end of platforms.
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
Great Western Highway Unknown  Primary Address
Railway ParadeWarrimooBlue Mountains MagdalaCookAlternate Address

Owner/s

Organisation NameOwner CategoryDate Ownership Updated
RailCorpState Government 
RailCorpState Government 
RailCorpState Government 

Statement of significance:

Warrimoo Railway Station is of local significance for its direct association with the development of the suburb of Warrimoo and the broader Western Sydney/Blue Mountains region providing railway transport to the locality since 1918. The existing station building, which replaced the original building following a fire, is of aesthetic and research significance as the only example of post-War Railway Stripped Functionalist architecture on the Blue Mountains line dating from 1956. It demonstrates the characteristics of Railway Stripped Functionalist architecture in an unusual form.
Date significance updated: 10 Sep 08
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Description

Designer/Maker: NSW Department of Railways
Builder/Maker: NSW Department of Railways
Construction years: 1956-1957
Physical description: BUILDINGS
Station Building - type 13, second island/side platform building, brick (1956)

STRUCTURES
Island Platform - concrete faced (1918)
Footbridge - steel beam structure supported on steel trestles over two main tracks (1917, 1990)

STATION BUILDING (1956)
External: The existing brick station building is a 'type 13' station building designed in the Railway Stripped Functionalist style. The exterior of the building is defined by the use of polychromatic face brickwork laid in a combination of stretcher, perpendicular stretcher and recessed header bonds. Two soldier brick courses at the lintel and dado line heights provide simple detailing throughout all elevations. The west elevation of the building presents a circular bay with a wide hexagonal awning whilst the east end of the building has a gabled low-pitched roof extending as an awning over both of the platforms. The awning is cantilevered over steel tapered beams fixed to the brick walls with fibrocement sheeting soffit. A skillion corrugated metal awning supported on timber posts provides protection above the ticket window and machine. A face brick pitched gable with Art Deco style central rib and bullnose capping completes the Railway Stripped Functionalist presentation of the curved bay of the building. Comparison of the physical evidence and the original drawings of the Warrimoo Station building indicates a number of modifications to the openings of each platform elevation. The modifications do not detract from the overall fenestration of the building and include conversion of the western most window of the Platform 2 elevation into a door opening, conversion of part of a window into a door opening and lowering of a window sill on Platform 1, and installation of security grills to some windows and doors. The curved west end features a single door opening while the east elevation features the ticket window facing the platform stairs.

Internal: Internally the building's original floor layout has been modified and consists of a combined ticket office and Station Master's room, male and female toilets, waiting room and a store on a linear floor plan. All of the original interior fitout has been removed.

ISLAND PLATFORM (1918)
A brick platform with concrete render. Island platform with concrete deck and asphalt finish in patches with angled corners creating a geometrical shape on both sides of the building. The platform, while relatively wide at the Up end with the footbridge above forms a pointed end at the Down end of the platform. Modern platform furniture including lighting, signage, timber bench style seating, rubbish bins, water fountain and aluminium palisade fencing on both ends are the other features of the platform.

FOOTBRIDGE (1917, 1990)
A steel beam footbridge supported on steel trestles over two main tracks marks the Up end of Warrimoo Station. It is a standard structure with three sets of concrete stairs on steel frame connect the station to Railway Parade and Great Western Highway with a bridge over the Highway to the south. Some of the components, with the exception of steel structural elements, have been replaced since 1990.

MOVABLE ITEMS
An Ajax Manufacturer brand safe with ID # 1087 has been observed in the booking office of the station.
Pair of single timber rollover indicator boards in the waiting room - both with clock faces and foot pedals.

LANDSCAPE FEATURES
There are no significant landscape features at the station, however, its landscape setting along the embankments on both sides is visually important.

POTENTIAL ARCHAEOLOGICAL FEATURES
There are no known archaeological features on Warrimoo Station. The platform has been cleared and no evidence of the earlier station building would remain
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Station Building - Generally in good condition with minor wear and tear.
Footbridge - Good, mostly replaced.
Date condition updated:02 Dec 08
Modifications and dates: 2 Aug 1956 - Goods siding closed.
1956 - Toilet provided on platform; new brick building erected.
1990 - Alterations to footbridge.
N.d - Minor modifications externally; some internal alterations to platform building.
Current use: Railway Station
Former use: Nil

History

Historical notes: The Great Western Railway went through Warrimoo in 1867. The platform opened in 1918 for a subdivision of land by Messrs A Richards & Co. The line was duplicated in 1902.

The first platform building was destroyed by fire in 1951 and the present structure replaced the original building. It was designed in the Inter War Functionalist style.

The pedestrian bridge that provides access to the platforms was built in 1917. Its twin beam construction is typical of NSWGR practice. Since 1990, some of the components of the bridge, except the steel structure, have been replaced.

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 Building the railway network-
8. Culture-Developing cultural institutions and ways of life Creative endeavour-Activities associated with the production and performance of literary, artistic, architectural and other imaginative, interpretive or inventive works; and/or associated with the production and expression of cultural phenomena; and/or environments that have inspired such creative activities. Evolution of design in railway engineering and architecture-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
Warrimoo Railway station is of historical significance through its relationship to the development of the suburb of Warrimoo and the broader Western Sydney/Blue Mountains region providing railway transport to the locality since 1918.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
Warrimoo Railway Station has aesthetic significance as an example of mid-sized post-War Railway Stripped Functionalist station buildings in a non-urban setting.
SHR Criteria d)
[Social significance]
The place has the potential to contribute to the local community's sense of place, and can provide a connection to the local community's past.
SHR Criteria e)
[Research potential]
Although it is the only Functionalist style station building in Blue Mountains, Warrimoo Railway Station has limited research and technical significance as this type of railway structure is well documented and can be observed at many locations.
SHR Criteria f)
[Rarity]
The building is the only example of a post-war station building on the Blue Mountains line.
SHR Criteria g)
[Representativeness]
Warrimoo Railway Station is a good representative example of a small, mid-20th century railway station in a non-urban context. It demonstrates the characteristics of the Railway Stripped Functionalist architecture in an unusual form.
The footbridge is a representative example of steel beam structures supported on trestles. The footbridge was identified as an item of moderate heritage significance in the comparative analysis from the 2016 ‘Railway Footbridges Heritage Conservation Strategy’.
Integrity/Intactness: The station building is relatively intact and has retained its integrity externally.The footbridge has lost most of it elements however maintains some degree of integrity due to remnant original steel elements.The station as a group is intact with moderate integrity.
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.

Recommended management:

1. Conservation principles: Conserve cultural heritage significance and minimise impacts on heritage values and fabric in accordance with the ‘Australia ICOMOS Charter for Places of Cultural Significance’. 2. Specialist advice: Seek advice from a qualified heritage specialist during all phases of a proposed project from feasibility, concept and option planning stage; detailed design; heritage approval and assessment; through to construction and finalisation. 3. Documentation: Prepare a Statement of Heritage Impact (SOHI) to assess, minimise and prevent heritage impacts as part of the assessment and approval phase of a project. Prepare a Conservation Management Plan (CMP) prior to proposing major works (such as new additions, change of use or proposed demolition) at all places of State significance and all complex sites of Local significance. 4. Maintenance and repair: Undertake annual inspections and proactive routine maintenance works to conserve heritage fabric in accordance with the ‘Minimum Standards of Maintenance & Repair’. 5. Movable heritage: Retain in situ and care for historic contents, fixtures, fittings, equipment and objects which contribute to cultural heritage significance. Return or reinstate missing features or relocated items where opportunities arise. 6. Aboriginal, archaeology and natural heritage: Consider all aspects of potential heritage significance as part of assessing and minimising potential impacts, including Aboriginal, archaeology and natural heritage. 7. Unidentified heritage items: Heritage inventory sheets do not describe or capture all contributory heritage items within an identified curtilage (such as minor buildings, structures, archaeology, landscape elements, movable heritage and significant interiors and finishes). Ensure heritage advice is sought on all proposed changes within a curtilage to conserve heritage significance. 8. Recording and register update: Record changes at heritage places through adequate project records and archival photography. Notify all changes to the Section 170 Heritage & Conservation Register administrator upon project completion.

Listings

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 Study1999SRA944State Rail Authority  No
S170 Heritage & Conservation Register Update2009 City Plan Heritage  Yes
Heritage Platforms Conservation Management Strategy2015 Australian Museum Consulting  Yes
Railway Footbridges Heritage Conservation Strategy 2016 NSW Government Architect’s Office Heritage Group  Yes

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
WrittenAndrea Humphreys and Donald Ellsmore2001Inter-War Station Buildings
WrittenARHS2009Historical information prepared for S170 update project
WrittenFraser, D1996Survey of Railway Footbridges
WrittenSharp, S.A1982The Railway Stations of NSW 1855-1980

Note: internet links may be to web pages, documents or images.

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Data source

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Name: State Government
Database number: 4801944


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