Bloemfontein railway station

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Bloemfontein
Railway station
Bloemfontein Station c.JPG
Bloemfontein station building
Station statistics
Address Harvey Road, Bloemfontein 9301
Coordinates 29°7′7″S 26°13′35″E / 29.11861°S 26.22639°E / -29.11861; 26.22639Coordinates: 29°7′7″S 26°13′35″E / 29.11861°S 26.22639°E / -29.11861; 26.22639
Line(s)
Structure type At-grade
Platforms 1 side platform, 3 islands
Tracks 7
Other information
Owned by TFR

Bloemfontein railway station is a railway station located in Bloemfontein, Free State Province, South Africa.

The first railway line connected Bloemfontein to Cape Town in 1890, resulting in a centrally located station site on the corner of Maitland and Harvey streets, east of Kings Park. Centrally located in both the city and the nation, in March 1900 at the Battle of Paardeberg during the Second Boer War, the station became a major point of strategic fighting between the Boers and the British Army, led by General Roberts.[1]

The modern station is served by Shosholoza Meyl inter-city trains connecting it to Johannesburg, Port Elizabeth and East London six times a week; Kimberley twice weekly; and Durban and Cape Town once weekly.

The industrial area, Hamilton, is situated to the south of the city and generates most of the stations freight traffic. During 2005-2006 over 90,000 tons of beer was received, dispatched from Rosslyn, Gauteng; 56,998 tons of fuel from East London, and 8,872 tons from Durban; and 5,000 tonnes of coal.[2]

Services[edit]

Preceding station   Shosholoza Meyl   Following station
Port Elizabeth–Johannesburg
Tourist class trains
towards Johannesburg
Port Elizabeth–Johannesburg
Economy class trains
towards Johannesburg
towards East London
East London–Johannesburg
towards Cape Town
Cape Town–Durban
Tourist class trains
towards Durban
Cape Town–Durban
Economy class trains
towards Durban
towards Johannesburg
Johannesburg–Kimberley–Bloemfontein Terminus

References[edit]

  1. ^ "BRITISH CAVALRY AT BLOEMFONTEIN". New York Times. 1900-03-14. Retrieved 2009-07-12. 
  2. ^ "Freight Transport Data Bank". Free State Province. Retrieved 2009-07-12. [dead link]