Posted by: Ian | 7 February, 2010

Lilyvale Railway Station 1st & 2nd – Closed

Lilyvale Railway Station 1st & 2nd – Closed

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  1. Hi there,

    I wanted to do some exploring and it’d be great if you could clue me in on the location of these tunnels and if they’re safe to walk through.

    Thanks heaps and enjoying the website,


    • Hi J

      You need approval from RailCorp to access any of the tunnels, and the Dept of Lands, a local land holder and Metropolitan Coal Company, if you want to access the Lilyvale tunnels. (they’re quite difficult to access).

      The Metropolitan Tunnel (1st) is easily accessible. Just head to this link:,150.992296&z=18&t=h&nmd=20100917
      Where is says “Old Helensburgh Station”, that is where you will access the northern portal of the Metropolitan Tunnel (1st). Remember that the Metropolitan Tunnel is blocked at the Mine end so complete pass-through is impossible, but you can get a fair way in to be sure. Largest colony of glow worms in NSW can be found there too.

      To access the Cawley tunnel;,150.991749&z=17&t=h&nmd=20100917
      Here is an image that outlines where you would need to go if you were to start from the Helensburgh Railway Station as it is today. You follow Wilson Creek Rd till you cross the current railway line then turn left, back down besides the current railway tracks. In the link above, you can see the remains of the old Mushroom farms foundations (top middle), and if you look hard enough, you can see the curvature of the original rail alignment that heads up into the Cawley Tunnel. Last time I walked this tunnel was in 2009 and it was very accessible then; I’m not sure of what access is allowable currently. I do know that the left just off the bridge is fenced and gated, so access maybe limited.

      Thanks for checking out my site, and for the kind words.

      Good luck
      Black Diamonds

  2. I wonder if this is the original Lilyvale station sign?

    • Definitely no. The original station opened: 1st of October 1889 and closed: 30th May 1915. The railway stations sign of the day were rectangles with white writing on black background. Exactly like the sign in the photo above in the title picture of the Helensburgh Railway Station 1st.

      This looks more like it could be from the second Lilyvale Railway Station or another entirely. Either way I would like to own it.

      Thank you for sharing.

  3. A question: do you know when the second Lilyvale Station opened?

    • Hi Juxtaposer

      Thank you for stopping by.

      The second Lilyvale Railway Station opened the same time as the deviation did; 30th May 1915.

  4. Hi All, My Grandfather always boasted that he built the Lilyvale Station house / structure. He would have worked there in 1920’s / 30’s I think and was the only Railway employee on site. He said it was really boring except for weekend work (picnicers and the like) so he had materials delivered by train and he built the station house alone to keep busy. Now he was an Irishman and prone to exaduration so this maybe true or partly true. When I was about 10 or 11 he took me back to the station, we got off the train at Helensburgh and walked along the line through the tunnels (not safe). He was clealy moved by his return and was very familier with the surrounds. On finishing at Lilyvale he was moved to Colecliff / Coledale (probably dale not cliff) where he said he was also the station master and built the train station house.

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