Posted by: Bruce | December 31, 2013

Toronto Railway Station (NSW – Australia)

Caboose at Toronto-a Google imageThis station is on the shores of Lake Macquarie and about a 10 minute drive from where I live. The line to the station was a small branch off a main north south line, but served the local community at the time. Things have changed a little since.

The station itself is not much different from many others in NSW still existing and functioning but with a few added added or subtracted features.

Apart from the design I’m not sure there will be many Station Master signs anymore; perhaps Station Person is more the go; I haven’t looked lately. As for chimneys, having travelled plenty of trains in Sydney for years, I don’t ever remember a waiting room with a working fireplace. I wonder who got the job of sorting the fireplace for cold passengers?

It’s a shame it had to cease (especially before I moved to the area). What a great view to mark the end of the line.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

The Toronto Branch Railway Line is a closed railway line in New South Wales, Australia. The line opened in 1891 ( as a Private Tourist Tramway, Government Railways acquired in 1910) and branched off the Main Northern line at Fassifern station, crossing over a single lane tunnel on Fassifern Road, and following the shore of Fennell Bay to Blackalls Park. The Toronto end of the line is located close to the shore of Toronto Bay.

Horse-drawn carriages were first to run along the branch line. A variety of steam engines also ran along the line during its operation, including a Coffee Pot engine, and the Prince of Wales travelled to Toronto by train on 24 June 1920.

Passenger services operated over the line, generally as a shuttle service between Fassifern and Toronto, but through services to Newcastle also operated. Services in 1989 were operated by 620/720 class diesel railcars, and operated as frequently as every 20 minutes. The line was not included in the Wyong- Newcastle electrification project completed in 1984, which probably sealed its fate, as it was controversially closed March 11, 1990 despite local opposition, with a privately operated bus service replacing the train. Following closure, a cycleway called the Toronto Greenway was constructed along the line. Most of the cycleway was constructed alongside the railway line in case the line is ever to be reopened.While the line has not been reopened to this day, a bus service has been made which drives from Fassifern station to Toronto, stopping at Blackalls Park.

The line and station is still largely intact. The station building is an example of heritage re-use, now in use by the Lake Macquarie and District Historical Society.

Update: On 23/6/2015 I took three more photos. Two images relate to track and spike detail; the other shows that the signals shack, alas, is no more.

Just click on any pic for quick presentation of enlarged images that are easy on the eye.

Word for today:    HistoryToronto Railway Station

[ Toronto Hotel, 1887, above and behind the station; probably next port of call for many train travellers. Perhaps a stagger back down the steps to the station]

More to come;     same blog time, same blog channel


  1. Interesting stuff, Bruce. The railroad here has been gone for decades, replaced (coincidentally) by a walking-cycling trail that runs from one end of the island to the other. There’s also a railway museum, which we hope to finally visit this summer. Thanks for the reminder!


    • Hi Charles, it is interesting to see how things were from start to present. The chimneys, therefore fireplaces, in the building catch my attention as this area is hardly snow country. In another 100 yrs we’ll have people checking historical records and wondering how we coped in our time. What island are you to referring to Charles? I’d like to Google it


  2. Bruce, you can be counted on always to publish well researched posts. Not only that, but a person doesn’t have to live overseas to find out interesting things about one’s own country. Thanks.
    ps. my darling little granddaughters are going home. It’s been a gruelling but interesting handful of weeks. I’m going to miss them, but am sort of looking forward (with much guilt) to the extra time I’ll have.


    • Have you ever been to a station with a fireplace in action Mary? Colder your way than mine. Enjoy your extra time, hopefully without the guilt.


      • I’ve visited places that had fireplaces, but not ones that were being used. I certainly haven’t been to the places you talk about which is why I enjoy the vicarious visits. Thanks.
        PS. This is heatwave week, I doubt it’s colder here than where you are right now. 🙂


      • I hope you got through the heat okay Mary.


      • Thanks, Bruce. I look forward to the cool changes. (Our specialty here in Melbourne.)


  3. Hi Bruce,

    Just thought you and your readers might like to know that a new book is currently being printed which includes colour photos of the C30 tank steam engines at Toronto.

    More information at


    • Hi John, thanks for the info. I had a look at which should interest train enthusiasts; lots of photos and stories especially for the area north of Sydney. Visitors to that site just need to find the appropriate section. If anyone goes to (I checked it out but wondered which way to go once there) do they have to register to find the book to which you refer?


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