In 1884 a survey was carried out for the North Coast Railway to come through Hinton from Maitland, crossing the Hunter River just below the junction with the Paterson River. The line then cut through the town between the Victoria Hotel and Ann Street, then on to Seaham and North from there.
A deputation of Morpeth and Hinton businessman met with the Minister for Works to have the route of the survey altered to above navigation for shipping to Morpeth and Hinton. Another survey was carried out further up river, but nothing eventuated from these surveys.
What would Hinton have been like with a railway line running through and possibly a station?