Belair railway station
|Railways in Adelaide - List of Railway Stations|
|Distance from Adelaide||21.5 km|
|Access by||Level pedestrian crossing|
|Peak Frequency||Every 20 Mins|
|Weekday Frequency||Every 30-40 Mins|
|Weekend Frequency||Every 60 Mins|
|Night Frequency||Every 60 Mins|
|Passenger Information Display||No|
|Passenger Information Speaker||Yes|
|Number of Platforms||2 (plus 1 not in use)|
|Platform Layout||1 side platform
1 centre platform
|Bus transfer||195 to Blackwood
893 to Aldgate and Blackwood
(Bridgewater) National Park
Belair Railway Station is in the Adelaide southern foothills, 21.5km by train from Adelaide, and on the main interstate railway between Adelaide and Melbourne. The station is also the terminus of one of Adelaide's broad gauge suburban routes, the Belair railway line.
Belair is a scenic location on the edge of the Belair National Park and the station has a number of historic preserved buildings. In past years, many people travelled by train to Belair at weekends to enjoy the adjacent National Park. The large 1890s vintage wooden shelter on the main platform was built for these crowds. There were other facilities at the station such as a refreshment room, now long gone. Parts of the heritage station were destroyed by an arsonist in May 2003. The building is currently being rebuilt with special materials. There are also a number of stabling sidings for storing passenger trains overnight.
Until 1987, the now defunct Bridgewater railway line carried suburban trains further into the Adelaide Hills as far as the town of Bridgewater. The Bridgewater trains were withdrawn in 1987, attributed to high cost of operation and low passenger numbers. Platform 2 was used to terminate some suburban trains for a while after the closure of the line. Stations beyond Belair were closed and all suburban trains now terminate at Belair.
In 1995 the main line from Adelaide to Melbourne was converted from Broad Gauge (1600mm) to Standard Gauge (1435mm). This prevented any restoration of local trains to Bridgewater or beyond. Between Adelaide and Belair, the former double track route became two parallel single lines - one Broad Gauge for suburban railcars, the other Standard Gauge for interstate freight.
Along with this conversion stations at Mile End Goods, Millswood, Hawthorn and Clapham were closed, while Unley Park, Torrens Park, Lynton, Eden Hills, Coromandel, Glenalta, Pinera and Belair each had one platform closed.
- List of Adelaide railway stations
- List of suburban and commuter rail systems
- Railways in Adelaide
- Yurrebilla Trail
- All stations on the Belair railway line from Goodwood to Belair were temporarily closed between April and August 2009 while the line was upgraded.
- Links to copyright photos of Belair railway station
- "Bluebird" at Belair, 1988, giving a good view of both platforms and the whole station area.
- Two "Redhens" at the centre platform, Belair, 1987
- "Redhen" at dusk, Belair, 1988
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