Deepwater Railway Station was opened in 1886 and in its heyday became the busiest and biggest freight centre north of Newcastle.
The building is not open for viewing but you can wander around and have a look. You can walk around the back to the platform where there is some railway line still there and to the north of the railway station building is a water tank and filling pipe that was used to replenish water for steam engines.
The railway gave a boost to the population in Deepwater and to business in the area. Mining and agriculture products were transported by rail but this started to reduce over the years. Changing the transport costs of wool from by the pound to by the bale may have been a reason the use of rail became out of favour.
The area’s Aboriginal name was Dalgibone, meaning hard, dry earth. Deepwater River runs along the western side of the town. The name of Deepwater is said to have occurred when a man threw a stone into a deep hole of the river and stated, “Hey, that’s deep water!”.
The railway line has been closed since 1972 and is now part of the proposed New England Rail Trail. The 210km trail uses the disused railway from Armidale north to Wallangarra.
The buildings are now the home of Radio 2CBD , the local radio station in Deepwater, broadcasting to the Glen Innes and Deepwater regions. Tune in to 95.1FM in Deepwater or 105.9FM in Glen Innes.
To get there:
From Tenterfield, head south along the New England Hwy towards Glen Innes. Follow the New England Hwy for about 47km to reach Deepwater. Entering the town of Deepwater, turn left into Dundee St with a brown sign for Historic Deepwater Railway Station. Follow Dundee St for 400m to the end and turn right into Gough St. The entrance to the Deepwater Railway Station is 100m on the left.
From Glen Innes, head north along the New England Hwy towards Tenterfield. Follow the New England Hwy for about 38km to reach Deepwater. Entering the town of Deepwater, turn right into Dundee St with a brown sign for Historic Deepwater Railway Station. Follow Dundee St for 400m to the end and turn right into Gough St. The entrance to the Deepwater Railway Station is 100m on the left.
Wheelchair accessible: Yes