About SideTracked Caches
This cache belongs to the SideTracked series. It is not designed to take you to a magical place with a breath-taking view. It's a distraction for the weary traveller, but anyone else can go and find it too.
More Information can be found at the SideTracked Website.
About the old Petersham Station
You will be visiting the entrance to Petersham Station build in 1885.
The 1880s former station building is the largest and most elaborate 19th century station building constructed for the Sydney suburban rail system and is the only major 'First Class' station building known to have been built in Sydney in the 19th century and is therefore unique in the history of the NSW Government Railways.
It is a fine example of a late Victorian Italianate station dating from 1885, and although compromised by later alterations and additions is substantially intact and capable of restoration. The building is unusual and of significance by being reached from the street by a grand stair in the classical manner and having a landscaped forecourt to a suburban street and forms a major part of an important historic railway precinct including the bridge and signal box and is a significant landmark in this part of Petersham, which retains much of its 19th century built street character. The station is one of a select number of similar buildings designed by the office of the Engineer for the Existing Lines Branch, George Cowdery, with the 1883 iron pedestrian bridge and steps also designed by Cowdery.
The building serves to mark the alignment of the first railway in NSW, that being the 1855 Sydney to Parramatta line.
The Railway Institute is now located in this buliding with the entrance next to the old platform.
Information: NSW Heritage