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Sydney–Brisbane rail corridor

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8025 and another haul the Sydney bound Brisbane Limited shortly after departing Roma Street in 1987
NSW TrainLink operates a daily XPT service between Central station in Sydney and Roma Street station in Brisbane

The Sydney–Brisbane railway corridor is a standard gauge railway corridor that connects the state capitals of Brisbane and Sydney in Australia.[1]



The corridor consists of the first 193 km of the Main North Line from Sydney Central to Maitland, and then the entire 795 km of the North Coast line to Roma Street, Brisbane.

The NSW TrainLink XPT passenger service operates along the route, as do a number of other freight and passenger services.


Originally the corridor was made up of the Queensland Rail narrow gauge Southern line and the New South Wales Government Railways standard gauge line that met at Wallangarra at a break-of-gauge in 1888. It was not until 1930 that the coastal, standard gauge North Coast line was extended from Casino to Brisbane making through services possible,[2][3] using a rail ferry for the river crossing in Grafton until the Grafton Bridge opened in 1932.[4]

The old Main Northern railway line which went to Wallangarra now terminates near Armidale.


See alsoEdit



  1. ^ "AusLink Network Corridors". AusLink. Archived from the original on 19 July 2008. Retrieved 29 March 2008.
  2. ^ "History of Rail in Australia". Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government. Retrieved 29 March 2008.
  3. ^ "North Coast Line". Retrieved 8 April 2008.
  4. ^ "Additional Crossing of the Clarence River – Feasibility Study Report" (PDF). Roads & Traffic Authority. February 2003. Archived from the original (PDF) on 10 April 2011. Retrieved 8 April 2008. p1


  • Avery, Rod (2006). Freight Across the Nation: The Australian Superfreighter Experience. Brisbane: Copyright Publishing Co. ISBN 1876344474.

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