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Euabalong West Railway Station

Item details

Name of item: Euabalong West Railway Station
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Transport - Rail
Category: Railway Platform/ Station
Primary address: Euabba Street, Euabalong, NSW 2877
Local govt. area: Parkes


RailCorp property boundaries as shown on vesting plan, R29799.It should be noted that the original area of the railway station has been reduced, and that there is an historical and visual relationship with the surrounding area not necessarily apparent from the current property boundaries. As such, any proposed development within the vicinity of the railway station should also consider the historic relationship between the station site and its surrounding area.
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
Euabba StreetEuabalongParkes  Primary Address


Organisation NameOwner CategoryDate Ownership Updated
RailCorpState Government 
RailCorpState Government 
RailCorpState Government 

Statement of significance:

Euabalong West Railway Station is of local significance for its contribution to the development of the local area, which developed from the 1920s as a small rail community to support the existing town of Euabalong located 10km east of the station.
Date significance updated: 18 Dec 18
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Physical description: MAJOR STRUCTURES - Managed by RailCorp
Station Building - type 15, combined Station Master’s Office/ Signal Box, Metal Deck Sheeting (1976)
Concrete Platforms

Small single storey station building clad in metal deck sheeting and features two rooms - a Station Master’s office and signal box. The flat roof floats above the small structure supported by steel framework. The building is utilitarian with no ornamentation.

Concrete and brick with c.1980 community mural from Euabalong School.

Large black & white ‘Euabalong West’ station name board along platform
Rail fencing with disused railway supports, with small decorative knobs along platform

NSW Railway heritage listed sites contain significant collections of stored movable railway heritage, including furniture, signs, operational objects, ex-booking office and ticketing objects, paper records, clocks, memorabilia, indicator boards and artwork. Individually, these objects are important components of the history of each site. Together, they form a large and diverse collection of movable objects across the NSW rail network. Sydney Trains maintains a database of movable heritage. For up-to-date information on all movable heritage items at this site, contact the Sydney Trains heritage team.

Gantry crane
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Generally in good condition.
Platform - Good. Coping chipped and spalled in various locations. (2015)
Date condition updated:11 Nov 09
Modifications and dates: c.1980s: community murals painted on concrete face of platform.
c. 2009: Demolition of Station Building - type 11, timber waiting room and bathroom (1926)


Historical notes: Euabalong West Railway Station is located on the Broken Hill line which extends from Orange westward to Broken Hill covering vast arid country and continuing on into South Australia. The Single Branch line opened from Condobolin to Trida Temporary Terminus on 10 February 1919, and was finally completed through to Broken Hill in 1927, which at the time of completion was the longest branch line in the state.

Euabalong West Station opened on 10 February 1919 to service the town of Euabalong located 10km east which had already been established on the Lachlan River in the 1870s. Initially water supply for locomotives and ash pits were provided at the station.

The now demolished timber waiting room and bathroom building was constructed in 1926. The extant combined Station Master’s Office / Signal Box was completed in 1976.

Rail passenger services were discontinued from 3 November 1989.

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-
4. Settlement-Building settlements, towns and cities Towns, suburbs and villages-Activities associated with creating, planning and managing urban functions, landscapes and lifestyles in towns, suburbs and villages Shaping inland settlement-
4. Settlement-Building settlements, towns and cities Utilities-Activities associated with the provision of services, especially on a communal basis Provision of railway water supplies-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
The site has historic significance to demonstrate the development of the western line to Broken Hill and beyond in the 1920 and 1930s. The site is significant for its contribution to the development of the local area, which developed from the 1920s as a small rail community to support the existing town of Euabalong located 10km east of the station.
SHR Criteria d)
[Social significance]
The site is of social significance to the local community on account of its lengthy association for providing an important source of employment, trade and social interaction for the local area. The site is significant for its ability to contribute to the local community’s sense of place, is a distinctive feature of the daily life of many community members, and provides a connection to the local community’s past.
Integrity/Intactness: Moderate level of 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.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Heritage Act - s.170 NSW State agency heritage register  18 Mar 10   

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
S170 Heritage & Conservation Register Update2009 ORH  Yes
Heritage Platforms Conservation Management Strategy2015 Australian Museum Consulting  Yes

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
WrittenCobar Shire Council2009Cobar Villages
WrittenJohn H Forsyth2008NSW Railway Stations - An Alphabetical Arrangement of Railway Station and Place Names
MapRailCorp RailCorp Historic Plans, various

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

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: State Government
Database number: 4802023

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