Hunter to Scone Line

EA2506 leads NP23 Down Northern Tablelands Xplorer, passing Lochinvar station, 8 April 2017.

Year Opened:

Honeysuckle (near Newcastle)–East Maitland (now Victoria Street) 1857; East Maitland (now Victoria Street)–West Maitland (now Maitland) 1858; West Maitland (now Maitland)–Lochinvar 1860; Lochinvar–Branxton 1862; Branxton–Singleton 1863; Singleton–Muswellbrook 1869; Muswellbrook–Aberdeen 1870; Aberdeen–Scone 1871



Lochinvar, Greta, Branxton, Singleton, Muswellbrook, Aberdeen, Scone


Typical Journey Time:

115 minutes (Newcastle Interchange–Scone)


Typical Peak Frequency:

Infrequent services


Typical Off-peak Frequency:

Infrequent services


Typical Weekend Frequency:

Infrequent services

The Hunter region is north of Sydney. Hunter line trains operate from Newcastle Interchange, with most services terminating at Telarah on the Dungog line. The Hunter to Telarah and Dungog line and the Hunter to Scone line are combined in timetables. Scone receives three services on weekdays and two on weekends, while one additional service also operates to Muswellbrook on weekdays. Between Maitland and Muswellbrook the line is mostly double track, and is single track north of Muswellbrook. A third track enabling overtaking movements runs between Farley (near Maitland) and Greta, and also between Branxton and Whittingham (between Branxton and Singleton). The Hunter line to Scone is not electrified and services are operated by Endeavour DMU railcars.