The Sydney Yard Precinct is located south of the Devonshire Street tunnel extending to the Cleveland Street Bridge and between the Central electric precinct and the Western Yard precinct. The track layout to platforms 1-15 has remained virtually unchanged since it was originally laid out in 1906.
Major items from the Sydney Yard's period as a steam locomotive-hauled train yard have been removed. These items included the eastern carriage shed, coal stages and engine docks at the head of each platform. Ash pits and water columns that were part of the yard have also been removed.
There is only one "yard controller" remaining within the Sydney Yard Precinct. It is a small two storey brick building located at the southern end of the yard approximately 100 metres from the southern end of Platform 8/9, close to the junction of the former Darling Harbour Goods line. The building, which dates from the c1960s, was not inspected internally during this study (2009). Previously, at least two signal boxes would have been located in the yard at any one time, but these have been removed due to the mechanical interlocking system being computerised and pneumatically operated.
The yard buildings have been altered significantly since the eastern carriage shed was demolished. This large shed divided the central yard from the central electric lines. The land where the shed once stood is vacant and the only remaining structures adding to this division of the yard are the cleaners amenities, a four wing (the two centre wings were extended to the west post 1943) two storey gabled office building with iron roof and timber double hung sash windows and the former timetable office, a two storey c1960s brick office now used as the Train Crew Superintendent Office and its associated garden. These buildings were not inspected internally for this study.
The rail yard connects to the passenger platforms of Sydney Terminal which are as originally designed and built, with the infrastructure for steam locomotives having been removed (these being water columns between each track near the buffers).
Locomotives in this photo
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