During Lifehacker’s recent Extreme Commuting experiment, I was utterly fascinated by what we might call femto-stations — stations so small you can only access them from a single train door. And so I decided to spend a whole Saturday travelling to one of them just so I could video it. This is an exhaustive tour of Mindaribba Station.
Mindaribba isn’t the only station this small within the Sydney network: Hilldale, Wallarobba and Wirragulla on the Dungog line are similarly tiny. Wondabyne on the Central Coast line is perhaps the best-known example, though it actually has two platforms. (Wondabyne’s unique claim to fame is that it isn’t accessible by road for cars: you have to walk or take a boat if you don’t take the train.)
This is definitely a case where the pictures tell the story, so check out the video.