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Rhodes Railway Station (Waiting Shed)

Item details

Name of item: Rhodes Railway Station (Waiting Shed)
Type of item: Complex / Group
Group/Collection: Transport - Rail
Category: Railway Platform/ Station
Location: Lat: -33.8309842955 Long: 151.0869080970
Primary address: Blaxland Road, Rhodes, NSW 2138
Local govt. area: Canada Bay
Local Aboriginal Land Council: Metropolitan


Curtilage is 1 metre from all surfaces of the Rhodes Railway Station (Waiting Shed)
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
Blaxland RoadRhodesCanada Bay  Primary Address
Walker StreetRhodesCanada Bay  Alternate Address
Main Northern railwayRhodesCanada Bay  Alternate Address


Organisation NameOwner CategoryDate Ownership Updated
RailCorpState Government16 Nov 98

Statement of significance:

Rhodes Railway Station has significance for its rare example of a small 1880s timber waiting shed on platforms 2/3, the only remaining example in NSW. This is a rare example of a small early timber building to survive on a suburban line and is of high significance as it represents the form of many similar stations that have been removed or replaced with other buildings.
Date significance updated: 09 Oct 13
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Designer/Maker: New South Wales Department of Railways
Builder/Maker: New South Wales Department of Railways
Construction years: 1887-1887
Physical description: STATION BUILDING (1887)
A small, gable roofed, awningless, weatherboard, waiting shed building (type 14) on Platform 2/3. Not in use.
Modifications and dates: Both the Up platform and the Down island platform have been re-built using modern materials, the offices and buildings on the platforms have been replaced by a Booking Office on the overhead (new) footbridge between the platforms. Lifts have been provided between platforms and the overhead footbridge.The industrial sidings which were part of the Rhodes station arrangement were placed out of use and removed some years ago.
Current use: Not in use
Former use: Waiting Shed


Historical notes: The Main Northern line between Sydney and Newcastle was constructed in two distinct stages and in the earliest years, was worked as two separate railway systems.

The line between Sydney (actually the junction at Strathfield) and the Hawkesbury River was opened in April 1887, with the terminus being on the southern bank of the Hawkesbury River. The line between Newcastle and the northern bank of the Hawkesbury River (near present day Wondabyne) was opened in January 1888.

The line was completed through between Sydney and Newcastle with the opening of the massive bridge over the Hawkesbury River in 1889.

The Strathfield to Hornsby section of the Northern line was opened for traffic on 17 September 1886. The line was constructed as a ‘single line’ and Hornsby became the temporary terminus and remained so until the extension to Hawkesbury River was opened in 1887. At the time of the opening, stations were provided at Ryde, Dundas (later Eastwood), Field of Mars (now Epping), Beecroft, Thornleigh and Hornsby.

The approved plans for the opening of the line between Strathfield and Hornsby included platforms at Rhodes (and Meadow Bank and Pennant Hills) however, no arrangements had been made to bring them into service by the day of the opening. The precise date of their completion cannot be ascertained, but they were included in the timetable dated 5 April 1887. A single brick-faced platform was provided on the Down side of the single line near the present day location at the time of opening.

The line between Strathfield and Hornsby was duplicated in March 1892. With duplication, a new Up platform was provided at Rhodes, opposite the existing Down platform.

Safeworking and interlocking came to Rhodes in October 1909 and a signal box was built on the Up platform. In 1912, the Down relief road was extended from Concord West passing behind the Down main platform, but no platform was provided for the relief line. A footbridge was added in 1915 to span all tracks and allow access to the platforms via steps.

Electrification and automatic signalling was extended to Rhodes in 1928 and a platform was added to serve the Down relief line, in effect creating an island platform for the down lines.

A number of mill and industrial sidings, serving various undertakings were laid in near Rhodes railway station over the years.

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 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 history.
SHR Criteria f)
Rhodes Railway Station has significance for its rare example of a small 1880s timber waiting shed on platforms 2/3, the only remaining example in NSW.
Integrity/Intactness: Poor integrity - the context of the waiting shed has been compromised by loss of surrounding historic structures.
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.

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 0123502 Apr 99 271546
Heritage Act - s.170 NSW State agency heritage register     

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Database number: 5012207
File number: H04/00062/1

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