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Adelaide Railway Station: Back to Full Throttle

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by Jenny Esots (subscribe)
A freelance writer and traveller who likes to explore the spiritual, literary and hidden gems of Adelaide and beyond.
Published March 11th 2014
Adelaide Railway Station coming back to life
The North Terrace Entrance

Adelaide Railway Station is nearly back to full throttle following the most recent upgrades; the electrification of the Noarlunga and Belair lines. Electric trains now run at selected times. Adelaide is on its way to a world class transport system.

Train travel provides a convenient entry into Adelaide. No hassles with parking, plus it is great to be able to relax while you travel. Many travellers still choose a good old-fashioned book, while many are plugged into devices, iPods and lap tops. It seems few choose to just sit and do nothing.

Looking up towards the North Tce Exit
Looking up towards the North Tce Exit

The Adelaide Railway Station is the central terminal of Adelaide.
Adelaide's first railway station opened on the current North Terrace site in 1856. The South of Adelaide was once served by a railway line that went all the way to Willunga. The South line was double tracked as far as Mitcham in 1908, and suburban trains ran to a new terminus at Clapham. The first section of the route that became Noarlunga Centre line opened from Goodwood Junction to Marino in 1913, and further extended to Willunga by 1918, this forming the Willunga line. It is interesting to note that the South has now come almost full circle with the newly opened Seaford line and plans to extend this to Aldinga.

Adelaide station interior
Adelaide station interior

There is also a free tram and bus service that departs from North Terrace outside the station; a very convenient service for travellers to access other parts of the city centre.

Adelaide also has many free attractions for the traveller to visit:

The Art Gallery of South Australia has a huge art collection and is currently running a highly praised biennial called Dark Heart.

The State Library has many historical exhibits and architecture, plus a terrific reference collection.

South Australian Museum is a big draw card for all ages and often has special exhibitions on.

Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum of Art presents loads of free exhibitions.

The Botanical Gardens have delightful garden spaces and cafes, but bring a picnic if you are inclined.

The list goes on, you may have a favourite free place to recommend to travellers.

It is estimated that 40,000 people pass through the terminal each weekday. Adelaide Railway Station has many shops and cafes in its busy thoroughfare.
Here is a sample of a few.

Donut Inn
Donut Inn

station cafe

The Owl!
My visit coincided with another feathered friend who took up a roost high above the station, overlooking all the commuters rushing by. Several station employees alerted me to the owl, sitting way up high. He/she was still there on my return journey keeping a wary eye on us all.

The railway owl
The railway owl

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Your Comment
The owl is still in residence. Keeping a sharp eye on the proceedings.
by Jenny Esots (score: 3|1353) 2213 days ago
I love the photo of the owl.
by Michelle Upton (score: 1|69) 2215 days ago
The Station Arcade Café is further down. The photo you have is of Jaspers Café, a nice meal and great staff! Loved the article, and you have to love the owl...
by sonsp (score: 0|6) 2211 days ago
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