A FEMALE train driver has been bashed and robbed as she walked to her car following a shift at Sandgate.
The 37-year-old freight train driver has suffered a significant head injury after she was attacked from behind by a man on Mangrove Road about 2.30am.
He stole her mobile phone and wallet, which contained $200 in cash.
The phone and wallet were later retrieved.
The woman was taken to John Hunter Hospital where she needed stitches to a wound to her forehead.
Police dogs were able to track a scent to a boat ramp on nearby River Road.
Detectives are reviewing closed circuit television footage of nearby businesses.