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Culcairn Railway Station and yard group

Item details

Name of item: Culcairn Railway Station and yard group
Type of item: Complex / Group
Group/Collection: Transport - Rail
Category: Railway Platform/ Station
Location: Lat: -35.6658432086 Long: 147.0381866880
Primary address: Main Southern railway, Culcairn, NSW 2660
Local govt. area: Greater Hume
Local Aboriginal Land Council: Albury And District


The listing boundary is formed by the level crossing at Balfour St to the south turning north along Melville St (Olympic Way) to the rear of the SM residence then excluding the leased area to the local Council and following the property boundary to a point approximately 20 metres beyond the end of the goods shed, then crossing the line to the western side of the property and following the boundary south to the intersection of Balfour St.
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
Main Southern railwayCulcairnGreater Hume  Primary Address
Railway ParadeCulcairnGreater Hume  Alternate Address
Olympic HighwayCulcairnGreater Hume  Alternate Address


Organisation NameOwner CategoryDate Ownership Updated
RailCorpState Government22 Oct 98

Statement of significance:

Culcairn is an excellent example of an early timber roadside station building with a major residence (no longer owned by State Rail) and good platform and details surviving. The station building is a large structure with simplified detail but without the form of the grander brick buildings. The residence is similar to several constructed on the southern line and is interesting as it is out of scale with other development on the site, although reflecting the expected importance of the freight traffic on the line. The site is also unusual in having a footbridge across the tracks not associated with the station but at a level crossing, indicating the high level of traffic and activity at the town conflicting with main line and shunting movements. The second platform and building and much of the infrastructure for the yard and passenger use has been removed but the remaining structures are an important surviving relic which make an important contribution to the townscape of Culcairn with its location in the centre of the town.
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Builder/Maker: Charles Hardy
Construction years: 1880-1920
Physical description: BUILDINGS
Station Building - type 4, 'Third Class' (1880, modified 1915)
Station Masters Residence (1880)
Per way Office (c1920)

Platform (c1880)
Pedestrian Footbridge (at level crossing) (1920)
Remnant timber fences

A Victorian 'third-class' station building constructed of weatherboard with a long gabled roof clad in corrugated iron and featuring simple timber finials to gable ends and corbelled brick chimneys. The street frontage features a projecting bay with transverse gable to mark the entry. The platform awning is supported on posts (originally timber now replaced with steel) also clad in corrugated iron with simple timber valance. Fenestration comprises timber double hung windows.

The building is linear in plan and originally comprised a central waiting room, flanked by a Station Masters office and combined lamp and porter's room on one side, and a ticket office and ladies waiting room on the other. The building has been extended and now features from north to south a parcels office, store, booking office, general waiting room, Station Masters office (previously refreshment rooms) and a store.

The building also features a detached weatherboard toilet wing to the south relocated from Gerogery in c1990, with a hipped corrugated iron roof with roof ventilator. To the north is an attached out-of-room (1915) clad in corrugated iron with gable roof.

Two-storey brick structure. Currently used as the town museum.

Simple weatherboard structure with corrugated iron skillion roof.

PLATFORM (c1880)
The platform is brick face.

Built at level crossing at south end of yard to provide access when level crossing blocked by shunting. A steel riveted through Warren Truss footbridge on angle iron trestles and channel iron stair stringers.
Modifications and dates: c1990 - The toilet block was relocated from Gerogery.

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)-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria f)
This item is assessed as historically rare. This item is assessed as arch. rare. This item is assessed as socially rare.
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Procedures /Exemptions

Section of actDescriptionTitleCommentsAction date
57(2)Exemption to allow workStandard Exemptions SCHEDULE OF STANDARD EXEMPTIONS
Notice of Order Under Section 57 (2) of the Heritage Act 1977

I, the Minister for Planning, pursuant to subsection 57(2) of the Heritage Act 1977, on the recommendation of the Heritage Council of New South Wales, do by this Order:

1. revoke the Schedule of Exemptions to subsection 57(1) of the Heritage Act made under subsection 57(2) and published in the Government Gazette on 22 February 2008; and

2. grant standard exemptions from subsection 57(1) of the Heritage Act 1977, described in the Schedule attached.

Minister for Planning
Sydney, 11 July 2008

To view the schedule click on the Standard Exemptions for Works Requiring Heritage Council Approval link below.
Sep 5 2008

PDF Standard exemptions for works requiring Heritage Council approval


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Heritage Act - State Heritage Register 0112602 Apr 99 271546
Heritage Act - s.170 NSW State agency heritage register     

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Database number: 5011983

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