Petersham station opened in 1857.
|Petersham Station 1870s|
Photo: Art Gallery of NSW
The former Petersham railway station building is located in Terminus Street. This heritage listed building, completed in 1885, was designed by George Cowdery in the Victorian Italianate architectural style. It is the only major 'First Class' station building known to have been built in Sydney in the 19th century. The main block features a central tower, sandstone steps onto a veranda, supported on cast iron columns with decorative lacework. The railway platform behind it features an awning supported by cast iron columns with decorative cast iron lace work. 
|The Sydney Morning Herald 18 March 1887|
The Main Suburban Railway Line through Petersham was quadruplicated in 1892, and an island platform was built to serve both 'fast' and 'slow' pairs of tracks.
|VIDEO: Petersham Railway Station 1899.|
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A pedestrian subway was provided in 1892 at the western end of the station, connecting Trafalgar Street with Terminus Street. Access to the platforms from this subway closed after 1988.
|Railway bridge for passengers, Petersham|
Photo: State Library of NSW
The footbridge remains a fascinating piece of neo-gothic architecture. Upgrades to the station took place in the late 1990s, with the wooden steps on the footbridge being replaced due to their slipperiness in wet weather, a small but high-roofed shed at the east end of the platform being removed for security reasons, and the area under the lower part of the platform stairs also being fenced-off for similar concerns.
|Terminus Street Entrance|
Picture: Sydney City & Suburbs
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