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The T9 Northern Line is a commuter rail line serving the northern suburbs of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. The line forms part of the Sydney Trains network and is coloured red on maps and informational material. The line entered service in 2019 when it was separated from the T1 North Shore, Northern & Western Line.

Line description

The line begins at Hornsby - a junction station with the T1 North Shore & Western Line. The line heads south to Strathfield via Epping using the Main Northern railway line. Services then run along the Main Suburban railway line, usually using the middle 'Suburban' pair of the six tracks between Strathfield and Redfern. Services generally do not stop at intermediate stations between Burwood and Redfern. Continuing to Central, services then pass through the western limb of the City Circle before heading across the Sydney Harbour Bridge and continuing to Gordon via the North Shore railway line.


The traditional Northern Line was the suburban portion of the Main Northern railway line, which opened in as a single track line 1886. In 1892, the line was duplicated to Hornsby,[1] and electrified in 1926 as part of the Bradfield electrification scheme. In 1932 the line was connected to the City underground.

In 2009 the line was substantially modified to run via the Epping to Chatswood railway line, which had opened earlier in the year. This saw the line run from Hornsby to Epping, then in a loop via Chatswood, the city and Strathfield. After returning to Epping, trains would terminate and return to Hornsby in the opposite direction.

Following victory in the 2011 New South Wales election, the new O'Farrell Government embarked on reform of transport in New South Wales. In November 2011, a new organisation, Transport for NSW, was created to improve planning and coordination of transport projects and services. The organisation developed a new rail timetable and branding, which was put into effect on 20 October 2013. This saw the merger of the North Shore Line and Western Line (Berowra - City via Gordon then to Emu Plains or Richmond via Strathfield) with the Northern Line Hornsby - City via Macquarie Park then to Epping via Strathfield). A new numbering system was also introduced and the line was given the number T1. The Northern Line's traditional red colour was discarded in favour of the North Shore and Western lines' yellow.

The Epping to Chatswood railway line closed in late 2018 for conversion to metro standards as part of the Sydney Metro Northwest project. This saw the Northern Line return to its traditional route, although it was still being operated under the T1 North Shore, Northern & Western Line banner. In early 2019 Transport for NSW decided to reinstate separate branding for the Northern Line. The new line operates from Hornsby to Gordon via Strathfield. It returned to using red as its line colour and adopted the number T9. [2][3] The changes took effect on 28 April 2019.[4]


T9 Northern Line stations
Name Distance from
Railway line Sydney Trains interchanges Other interchanges*
Gordon 17.1 km 1890 North Shore none
Killara 15.9 km 1899
Lindfield 14.6 km 1890
Roseville 13.3 km 1890
Chatswood 11.7 km 1890
Artarmon 10.3 km 1898 none
St Leonards 8.4 km 1890
Wollstonecraft 7.2 km 1893
Waverton 6.1 km 1893
North Sydney 5.1 km 1932
Milsons Point 4.4 km 1932
Wynyard 2.1 km 1932
Town Hall 1.2 km 1932
Central 0 km 1855
Redfern 1.3 km 1878 Main Suburban
(T8 peak hours only)
Burwood 10.6 km 1855
Strathfield 11.8 km 1876
North Strathfield 13.4 km 1918 Main Northern none none
Concord West 14.5 km 1887
Rhodes 16.6 km 1886
Meadowbank 18.2 km 1887
West Ryde 19.2 km 1886
Denistone 20.2 km 1937
Eastwood 21.4 km 1886
Epping 23.4 km 1886
Cheltenham 26.8 km 1898 none
Beecroft 28.3 km 1886
Pennant Hills 30 km 1886
Thornleigh 30.8 km 1886
Normanhurst 33.1 km 1895
Hornsby 35.3 km 1886

* Most stations are served by connecting bus services. Some additional stations may be served by intercity trains at certain times.


The following table shows the patronage of Sydney Trains network for the year ending 30 June 2019.

2018-19 Sydney Trains patronage by line[n.b. 1] [9]
Line Figure

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  1. Figures based on Opal tap on and tap off data.
    = T1 North Shore, Northern & Western Line was split into the T1 North Shore & Western Line and T9 Northern Line in April 2019. These figures group the T1 Northern Line with those of the T9 Northern Line instead of the T1. Additionally, the Northern Line route was changed in Septermber 2018 when the Epping to Chatswood line was closed. This resulted in a decrease in Northern Line and an increase in North Shore Line patronage from October.





This article incorporates text from the following revision of the English Wikipedia article "Northern railway line, Sydney":,_Sydney&oldid=575242776.
This article incorporates text from the following revision of the English Wikipedia article "North Shore, Northern & Western Line":,_Northern_%26_Western_Line&oldid=884030283.