St James Railway Station
St James Railway Station
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Mairwen1
By Mairwen1
City Circle
3.0 of 5 bubblesJul 2022
St James Station is an underground line on what’s known as the City Circle. It’s the handiest station to use if you want to get explore the area around Hyde Park, St Mary’s Cathedral, the NSW Art Gallery, the Domain, the Hyde Park Barracks or Macquarie St. All of these sights are clustered around the station entrance. It’s also a direct link to the international and domestic Airport stations. Apart from getting around, the train station has some historical interest and is included on the State Heritage Register. Admittedly it is only a minor sight and probably only of interest to keen historians and train fans. What you see here is the original 1926 design, with a charming art deco facade. Many other original decorative features, such as tiling and clocks, can also be seen on the platforms, giving it a very different look to the other more modern but bleak stations around the city. A distinctive feature is the 1930s ‘Chateau Tanunda The Brandy of Distinction’ neon sign at the station entrance. In the 1930s neon was new and was the height of glamour in New York and LA (it was not yet associated with tawdry, sleazy venues). There are few examples of signs leftover from this period so this one is pretty rare. A maze of underground, unused tunnels still exist beneath St James and Hyde Park. Intended as an eastern suburbs network, the plans were abandoned and the tunnels lie forgotten. Interestingly, they were used as public air raid shelters during WWII. Army officers were also stationed down there.

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Neighbourhood: St. James
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  • St James • 3 min walk
  • Martin Place • 4 min walk

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Mairwen1
United Kingdom10,630 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
St James Station is an underground line on what’s known as the City Circle.
It’s the handiest station to use if you want to get explore the area around Hyde Park, St Mary’s Cathedral, the NSW Art Gallery, the Domain, the Hyde Park Barracks or Macquarie St. All of these sights are clustered around the station entrance.
It’s also a direct link to the international and domestic Airport stations.
Apart from getting around, the train station has some historical interest and is included on the State Heritage Register. Admittedly it is only a minor sight and probably only of interest to keen historians and train fans.
What you see here is the original 1926 design, with a charming art deco facade. Many other original decorative features, such as tiling and clocks, can also be seen on the platforms, giving it a very different look to the other more modern but bleak stations around the city.
A distinctive feature is the 1930s ‘Chateau Tanunda The Brandy of Distinction’ neon sign at the station entrance. In the 1930s neon was new and was the height of glamour in New York and LA (it was not yet associated with tawdry, sleazy venues). There are few examples of signs leftover from this period so this one is pretty rare.
A maze of underground, unused tunnels still exist beneath St James and Hyde Park. Intended as an eastern suburbs network, the plans were abandoned and the tunnels lie forgotten.
Interestingly, they were used as public air raid shelters during WWII. Army officers were also stationed down there.
Written 27 April 2023
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AndyJohn74
Sans Souci, Australia4,718 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
Located on the north west corner of Hyde Park, St James Station was opened in 1926. In April 1999 it was added to the State Heritage Register. This station services the T2, Inner West & Leppington Line, the T3, Bankstown Line, and the T8, Airport & South Line.
Written 24 January 2022
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mrdom
7,524 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
Equal oldest underground station in Sydney but doesn't have the charm of Museum. It has long tiled entrances but they're not well maintained and don't connect to anything (problem in the rain). The interesting thing at St James is how it was built for an additional line that never eventuated - note the wide area between the platforms that was originally extra platforms. Look up the stories of the disused tunnels extending from the station (I expect security's too tight now to go in).
Written 5 May 2021
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Peter M
Melbourne, Australia1,293 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
St James Station opened on December 20 1926 the same time as Museum station which is also in Elizabeth Street. It is named after the nearby St James Church. It provided a direct link to Sydney Airport and domestic railway stations
Written 24 April 2021
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