Johannesburg Park Station

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Johannesburg Park Station
Railway station
JohannesburgStation-001.jpg
Station statistics
Address Rissik Street, Johannesburg
Coordinates 26°11′50″S 28°2′31″E / 26.19722°S 28.04194°E / -26.19722; 28.04194Coordinates: 26°11′50″S 28°2′31″E / 26.19722°S 28.04194°E / -26.19722; 28.04194
Line(s)

Shosholoza Meyl:

Premier Classe:

Gautrain:

Metrorail:
  • George Goch–Johannesburg–Naledi
  • Johannesburg–Dunswart–Daveyton
  • Johannesburg–Leralla–Pretoria
  • Johannesburg–New Canada–Vereeniging
  • Johannesburg–Oberholzer
  • Johannesburg–Randfontein
  • Johannesburg–Springs
  • Soweto Business Express
  • Tshwane Business Express
Connections Rea Vaya BRT
Other information
Opened 1897
Rebuilt 1946
Owned by PRASA

Johannesburg Park Station is the central railway station in the city of Johannesburg, South Africa, and the largest railway station in Africa.[1] It is located between the Central Business District and Braamfontein, in the block bordered by Rissik, Wolmarans, Wanderers and Noord Streets. Park Station lies on the main Witwatersrand railway line that runs East-West from Krugersdorp to Germiston.

Park Station is the centre of the Witwatersrand Metrorail network, with daily commuter rail services running west to Carletonville, Randfontein and Soweto; east to Springs, Nigel and Daveyton; north to Pretoria and south to Vereeniging.[2] Park Station is also the terminus of Shosholoza Meyl long-distance services to Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth, East London, Bloemfontein via Kimberley, Komatipoort via Nelspruit and Musina via Polokwane.[3]

The southern terminus of the Gautrain rapid-rail service is located underground, adjacent to the existing main-line station.

On 24 July 1964, Frederick John Harris of the African Resistance Movement planted a bomb on a whites-only platform of the Station. The bomb later exploded, killing a 77-year-old woman and injuring 23 others. Harris, a school teacher, was convicted of murder, and hanged on 1 April 1965.[4]

Services[edit]

Preceding station   Shosholoza Meyl   Following station
Terminus Johannesburg–Cape Town
towards Cape Town
Johannesburg–Durban
towards Durban
Johannesburg–Port Elizabeth
Johannesburg–East London
towards East London
Johannesburg–Nelspruit–Komatipoort
towards Komatipoort
Johannesburg–Polokwane–Musina
towards Musina
Premier Classe
towards Cape Town
Cape Town–Johannesburg Terminus
Terminus Johannesburg–Durban
towards Durban
Gautrain
Terminus North-South Line
toward Hatfield

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Trains". City of Johannesburg. Retrieved 11 June 2010. 
  2. ^ "Timetables". Metrorail. Retrieved 11 June 2010. 
  3. ^ "Routes". Shosholoza Meyl. Retrieved 11 June 2010. 
  4. ^ Okoth, Assa (2006). A History of Africa: African nationalism and the de-colonisation process. East African Publishers. p. 389. ISBN 978-9966-25-358-3.