Grand Sydney Central Railway Station And The Flying Junctions

Grand Sydney Central Railway Station And The Flying Junctions

When Old Is Not Outdated

Victor P Taffa

Sydney’s Central Railway Station opened on 5 August 1906 can rightly be described as Grand Sydney Central Railway Station as it is the largest railway station in the Southern Hemisphere and one of the largest in the world.

Dr. John Bradfield who designed the Sydney Harbour Bridge that opened on 19 March 1932 also designed Sydney Central Railway Station, City Circle Line, Metropolitan Lines, Goods Lines and planned a second city circle line, South East Line and a Northern Beaches Line.

Sydney’s Heavy Rail Network that moves 1 Million People every weekday successfully is a testament to the vision and foresight of Dr. John Bradfield who was ahead of his time.

Sydney’s first electric train service operated on 1 March 1926 from St. James to Oatley due to the persistence and planning of Dr. John Bradfield. Rather than trying to reinvent the wheel Dr. Bradfield kept with Heavy Rail Technology instead of Metro that is used on the London Tube.

Dr. Bradfield introduced red single deck carriages to Sydney for the new electric service. Initially these carriages had single door entry. However Bradfield altered the carriages to double door entry to allow for a faster movement of passengers on and off the train that reduced dwell times at stations.

Grand Sydney Central Railway Station currently has 25 Platforms in operation and 2 Platforms unused.

  • Platforms 1-15 Serves Country and Interstate Passengers
  • Platforms 16-23 Serves City Circle and Suburban Passengers
  • Platforms 24 & 25 Serves Eastern Suburbs Passengers
  • Platforms 26 & 27 Currently unused
  • Platforms 28 & 29 Included in EIS Submission
Dr. John Bradfield

Dr. John Bradfield







High Speed Rail (HSR Using Japan’s Bullet Train Technology)

Platforms 26 & 27 would be used by Bradfield Line and HSR Services from Canberra and Melbourne.

Platforms 26 & 27 would be used by Bradfield Line and HSR Services from Adelaide CBD, Darwin CBD and Perth.

Platforms 28 & 29 would be used by services from Sydney Harbour Heavy Rail Tunnel and HSR services from Brisbane.

Sydney Central Railway Station Concourse

Sydney Central Railway Station Concourse







Vertical Underground Positioning Of Platforms

  • Platforms 26 & 27
  • Platforms 24 & 25
  • Platforms 28 & 29

Sets of Points will connect the Bradfield Line near King Street Station with the new line to the Heavy Rail Sydney Harbour Rail Tunnel near Barangaroo Station.

Sets of Points will enable services from the Heavy Rail Sydney Harbour Rail Tunnel to feed through Martin Place Platforms 1 & 2 and then head south into Pitt Street Railway Station. From Pitt Street Railway Station the line continues into new deep Platforms 28 & 29 at Grand Sydney Central Railway Station before heading in a natural direction to Waterloo Railway Station.

Western Line Trains would also serve Platforms 26 & 27 and traverse the Bradfield Line instead of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Northern and Richmond Line Trains will continue to traverse the Sydney Harbour Bridge and North Shore Line.

City Circle Line will continue to operate along with the Bradfield Line.

Sydney Central Flying Junctions

Sydney Central Flying Junctions








Flying Junctions Sydney

Designed by Dr. John Bradfield there are Railway Lines in Sydney known as the Flying Junctions.

Dr. John Bradfield designed the Flying Junctions ahead of Railway Electrification in 1926 and was also built at the same time as the Electric Suburban Platforms for Grand Sydney Central Railway Station.

These are located between Redfern and Central on what is prime land for gold diggers who want to wreck Sydney’s Heavy Rail Network.

All current and future Premiers of New South Wales and Ministers for Transport should leave the Flying Junctions alone as they play a vital part in keeping Sydney’s Trains running.

Every city around the world has a large Railway Station and it is only small minded people that want to rip up Sydney’s Heavy Rail Network.

Newcastle Railway Line that will be required when Brisbane HSR services commnce

Newcastle Railway Line that will be required when Brisbane HSR services commences









Newcastle Railway Line

Newcastle Railway Line opened in 1857 only 2 years after the opening of the Sydney-Parramatta Line in 1855.

Newcastle Railway Station is central to the Railway needs of the Hunter Valley and should be reinstated to its former glory as a functioning Railway Station.

Plans for Light Rail can proceed in Newcastle CBD that does not impact on Heavy Rail services from Maitland, Central Coast and Sydney.

HSR services to Brisbane will have stops at Cessnock and Maitland and as such will require the restoration of the Newcastle CBD Heavy Railway Line.