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.
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.
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.