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Central railway station, Brisbane

Central railway station is located on the North Coast line in Queensland, Australia. It is the principal station on the City network and is located in the Brisbane central business district.

Central Railway Station, Queensland, July 2012.JPG
Ann Street entrance in July 2012
LocationCorner Ann & Edward Streets, Brisbane
Coordinates27°27′57″S 153°01′34″E / 27.4659°S 153.0261°E / -27.4659; 153.0261Coordinates: 27°27′57″S 153°01′34″E / 27.4659°S 153.0261°E / -27.4659; 153.0261
Owned byQueensland Rail
Operated byQueensland Rail
Line(s)North Coast
Platforms6 (3 islands)
Structure typeUnderground (Partly Sub-Terrain)
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Station code600018 (platform 1)
600017 (platform 2)
600016 (platform 3)
600020 (platform 4)
600019 (platform 5)
600024 (platform 6)
Fare zonego card 1
WebsiteQueensland Rail
Opened18 August 1889
Preceding station   Queensland Rail   Following station
Airport Line
toward Bowen Hills
Beenleigh Line
toward Beenleigh
Caboolture Line
toward Caboolture
toward Bowen Hills
Cleveland Line
toward Cleveland
Doomben Line
toward Doomben
One-way operation
Exhibition Line
One-way operation
Ferny Grove Line
toward Ferny Grove
toward Bowen Hills
Gold Coast Line
toward Bowen Hills
Ipswich & Rosewood Line
toward Rosewood
Redcliffe Peninsula Line
toward Kippa-Ring
Shorncliffe Line
toward Shorncliffe
toward Bowen Hills
Springfield Line
Sunshine Coast Line



Looking east to the main station entrance across Ann & Edward Streets from the verandah of the People's Palace in 1911
View to the west toward the platforms circa 1911
Central Station Cafe in Brisbane, 1927

The first building for Central railway station was a structure of wood and corrugated galvanised iron, and opened on 18 August 1889 as the terminus of the line when it was extended from Roma Street railway station.[1] In 1891, the tunnel to Brunswick Street station (now Fortitude Valley) was opened so trains could run directly from Central to northern destinations.[2]

An elegant new station was constructed and opened in 1899 with arches of corrugated galvanised iron over the platforms and a portico on Ann Street.[2] A new entrance with its distinctive row of clocks was constructed in 1901 in sandstone from nearby quarries. In 1904, Central had the only electro-pneumatic system in Australia for changing points and signals.[3]

The station had two through and two bay platforms. In 1909, the bay platforms were converted to through platforms.[1]

Ann Street was widened in 1954 for the construction of government offices which required the portico to be demolished. The vaulted roof was removed in 1966 and replaced by awnings over each platform.[3]

Between 1968 and 1970, the station was redeveloped with office towers built over the platforms at the Edward Street end, involving the demolition of the 1901 entrance buildings and the construction of a modern pedestrian retail concourse behind the old station buildings. Further redevelopment in the 1980s saw the Sheraton Hotel towers (now Sofitel Brisbane) built over the remaining platforms.

As part of the quadruplication of the line from Roma Street station to Bowen Hills, Platforms 5 and 6 opened on 11 June 1996.[4][5][6][7]

In early 2017 a major upgrade to the station will commence.[8][9]

Station configurationEdit

Central railway station is located at the northern end of the Brisbane central business district on Ann Street, directly opposite Anzac Square. Pedestrian access is available from the main entrance at the corner of Ann and Edward Streets, the pedestrian subway connecting Anzac Square with Upper Edward Street and from the corner of Ann Street and Creek Street. Lesser used access points are located off Wickham Terrace and from Edward Street via the courtyard of the Railway Centre.

There is elevator access to Central Station from Ann Street opposite the Shrine of Remembrance, and from Wickham Terrace on the northern corner of the complex. There are also escalators to Central station from Anzac Square Arcade, next to Anzac Square.


Central station is served by all suburban and interurban City network lines.[10][11][12][13][14][14][15][16][17][18][19]

By platformEdit

Platform Line Stopping Pattern
1 & 2 Beenleigh All stations services to Coopers Plains, Kuraby & Beenleigh
Gold Coast All stations to Park Road, then Altandi, Loganlea, Beenleigh and all stations to
Varsity Lakes
Cleveland All stations & peak-hour limited stop services to Cannon Hill, Manly & Cleveland
3 & 4 Ferny Grove All stations services to Ferny Grove
Airport Airtrain Citylink service to Brisbane Airport
Sunshine Coast Intercity express services calling all stations to Bowen Hills then Caboolture
and all stations to Gympie North
Doomben All stations services to Doomben
Shorncliffe All stations services to Shorncliffe
Exhibition Special event services to Exhibition (Anti-clockwise direction)
5 Ipswich & Rosewood All stations & peak-hour limited stops services to Ipswich & Rosewood
Springfield All stations services to Springfield Central
Exhibition Special event services to Exhibition (Clockwise direction)
6 Caboolture All stations & peak-hour limited stop services to Petrie & Caboolture
Sunshine Coast Intercity limited stop express services calling at all stations to Northgate, then
Petrie, Caboolture and all stations to Nambour
Exhibition Special event services to Exhibition (Anti-clockwise)


  1. ^ a b "Central Railway Station (entry 600073)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 13 July 2015.
  2. ^ a b Hallam, Greg (2005). Brisbane's Biography (Steamtrain Sunday). QR Limited.
  3. ^ a b Station clocks were central to city's life The Courier Mail 3 December 2009
  4. ^ "Roma Street - Bowen Hills Quadruplication Update" Railway Digest March 1995 page 14
  5. ^ "Inner City Rail Expansion" Railway Digest July 1995 page 17
  6. ^ "Additional City Tunnels & Track Commissioned" Railway Digest July 1996 page 17
  7. ^ "Future rail connection in study's sights" (Press release). Government of Queensland. 26 August 2007. Retrieved 13 February 2008.
  8. ^ Brisbane's busiest station on track for more than $67 million makeover Queensland Government 5 September 2016
  9. ^ "$67 million refurbishment for Brisbane's Central Station" Railway Digest November 2016 page 16
  10. ^ Gold Coast-Airport line timetable TransLink 20 January 2014
  11. ^ Beenleigh line timetable TransLink 20 January 2014
  12. ^ Cleveland line timetable TransLink 20 January 2014
  13. ^ Ipswich & Rosewood line timetable TransLink
  14. ^ a b Springfield line timetable TransLink 20 January 2014
  15. ^ Caboolture line timetable TransLink 20 January 2014
  16. ^ Doomben line timetable TransLink 20 January 2014
  17. ^ Ferny Grove line timetable TransLink 20 January 2014
  18. ^ Shorncliffe line timetable TransLink 20 January 2014
  19. ^ Sunshine Coast line timetable TransLink

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