New Railway Line

The Chatswood to Parramatta Epping rail line opened a couple of days ago. One of the new stations (Macquarie Park) is right next to where I work so I decided to give it a go. I waited a couple of days so they could work the bugs out of the system (like the train that refused to start yesterday).

The railway has been needed for some time. The industrial park area in North Ryde has been growing apace. When I worked here seven years ago it was quite a reasonable drive. Now it is not at all reasonable so the train is a good thing. The original plan was to run it from Chatswood to Parramatta but it stopped when they got to Epping. This is a pity because it needed to connect with the west, not just link two north shore lines, but it is better than nothing.

The station is 10-15 minutes walk from where I work so it is a nice stroll (on a fine day). I can certainly use the exercise so that is a good thing.

Other than that, it is pretty much like a lot of other railways. It is nice and clean and very new looking. The tunnels are straight, unlike the older bendy ones under the city. It is running the newer carriages because some parts are too steep for the old ones. On the whole, it’s not too bad.

I’ve posted a few photos of Macquarie Park Station if anyone is interested. Also the Historic Electric Traction site has some photos of the line underconstruction which are worth looking at.

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