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A timeless collection of black-and-white photographs dating back to the 1920s shows the immense construction effort behind Sydney's iconic Wynyard Station.
The historic images, preserved by the State Records Authority of NSW, have been revealed as builders continue major renovations of the very same railway station, due to be finished before the end of the year and costing the government millions.
From immaculate refreshment and dining rooms long since demolished, to giant escalators and crowds of commuters flushing out of train doors - the stunning photographs perfectly capture the spirit of early 20th century life in Australia.
Designed by eminent Australian engineer John Bradfield, famous for overseeing the design and building of the Harbour Bridge, excavations for Wynyard Station didn't begin until 1927.
The city railyway plans were given the green light after a Royal Commission into city improvements in 1909, but were pushed back a number of years after World War I broke out in 1914, of which over 330,000 Australians served in.
After five years of construction, which saw the huge job of excavating and rebuilding Wynyard Park, the station was officially opened on 19 March 1932 as part of the Sydney Harbour Bridge opening celebrations.
Built with six platforms across two levels (only four of which are used today), it instantly became the busiest station on the city line.
Wynyard has directed commuters in and out of the bustling metropolis for the best part of nine decades.
Serving as a perfect meeting point for city dwellers, the station has train lines stretching across the eastern suburbs, north shore, far west and city circle.
An artist's impression of the new and improved Wynyard Station reveals the 'lighter, brighter, cleaner' look of the station, which is also tipped to have an increased capacity.
The upgraded Wynyard Station will also create a gateway to Barangaroo and Sydney’s financial district.
An artist's impression shows what the new Wynyard Station will look like after its upgrade
Rail commuters entering the platform area at Wynyard Station in 1948 check the board to see the times of their trains
The departures indicator board sits high above the entry barriers at Wynyard Railway Station in 1948
This article first appeared on www.dailymail.co.uk
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