Potts Hill railway line

The Potts Hill railway line was a short branch line serving the pumping station at the Potts Hill Reservoirs in the Sydney suburb of Potts Hill. It was owned by the Metropolitan Water, Sewerage and Drainage Board and carried passenger trains.[1] Since closure, the tracks have been lifted.[2]

Potts Hill railway line
1333 - Potts Hill Reservoirs 1 & 2 and Site - SHR Plan 01333 (5051434b10).jpg
OwnerMetropolitan Water, Sewerage and Drainage Board
LocaleSydney, Australia
Operator(s)Department of Railways
Opened11 November 1912
Closed27 April 1966
Line length1.0 kilometre
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8+12 in) standard gauge

Line descriptionEdit

The branch left the Main South line at a junction just north of Regents Park station.[3] It proceeded south, crossing Amy Street, afterwards heading south-east at the end of Regents Park Hotel. After following the water supply channel, it crossed over the Enfield goods lines and terminated at a loop at the Potts Hill pumping station.[2][4]


The Water Board supported the construction of a railway line for the purposes of supporting its Potts Hill works and to open the area to settlement. The line was completed in July 1912 with funding from the Water Board, and the first passenger service operated by New South Wales Government Railways ran on the 11th of November 1912.[5] The No 2 Reservoir Construction Line which branched off the Potts Hill line opened in 1916. The Potts Hill line was later reconstructed to eliminate level crossings as part of construction between Regents Park and Cabramatta.

The last train on Potts Hill branch ran in 1965.[1] It closed on 27 April 1966.[2] Rails from Potts Hill were removed to the Sydney Tramway Museum in Loftus.[6]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "Potts Hill Branch". www.nswrail.net. Retrieved 2020-04-16.
  2. ^ a b c "Lost Railways: Potts Hill Branch Line". www.visitsydneyaustralia.com.au. Retrieved 2020-04-16.
  3. ^ "Lidcombe - Cabramatta Line". www.nswrail.net. Retrieved 2020-04-16.
  4. ^ "The Potts Hill lines in retrospect" (PDF). Bulletin. Australian Railway Historical Society. Retrieved 16 April 2020.
  5. ^ "Regents Park Railway Station Group | NSW Environment, Energy and Science". www.environment.nsw.gov.au. Retrieved 2020-04-16.
  6. ^ "Track Lifting" (PDF). Trolley Wire. South Pacific Electric Railway. April 1966. p. 4. Retrieved 23 April 2020.