Seaford railway line
|Railway Line Overview|
Hallett Cove Beach
|Line Length||35.9 km|
|Track||Quadruple Track to Keswick
Double Track to Seaford
|Peak Frequency||Every 7-8 Mins|
|Weekday Frequency||Every 15 Mins|
|Weekend Frequency||Every 30 Mins|
|Night Frequency||Every 60 Mins|
|Opened||1913 (To Marino)
1974 (To Hallett Cove Beach)
1976 (To Christie Downs)
1978 (To Noarlunga Centre)
2014 (To Seaford)
|Adelaide Railway Lines|
|Gawler Central Line|
|Outer Harbor Line|
Before the extension of the line to Noarlunga Centre line in 1978, the Willunga line ran from Hallett Cove station on a different route through Reynella, Morphett Vale and Hackham to Willunga (southeast of Noarlunga). It closed in 1969 and in September 1972 a track-removal train removed the tracks. For six years Noarlunga had no train service.
The South Australian Railways and its successor, the State Transport Authority (STA), extended the railway southwards in stages from Hallett Cove to cater for increasing residential development in the southern area. Opening dates for passenger services were:
- Hallett Cove Beach on 30 June 1974.
- Christie Downs on 25 January 1976. This was a temporary terminus just north of Beach Road and adjacent to Hyacinth Crescent, Christie Downs. It was a different location from today’s Christie Downs station, which opened in November 1981.
- Noarlunga Centre on 2 April 1978.
- Seaford on 23 February 2014.
The line runs from the Adelaide Railway Station south west via the suburbs of Edwardstown, Oaklands Park and Marion to the coast at Brighton, where it turns south towards Noarlunga Centre in the southern suburbs. The line was known as the Marino and Hallett Cove line when it finished at Hallett Cove. Most trains terminated at Marino, with only about a quarter going to Hallett Cove.
Like the rest of the Adelaide network, the line is broad gauge (1600mm). It is approximately 30.2 kilometres long and is the second longest of the Adelaide suburban railway lines. Signalling is controlled remotely from TransAdelaide’s computerised train control centre at Adelaide station. The line is double track.
Trains to and from Adelaide operate every 15 minutes off-peak Monday to Friday, and every 30 minutes through the day on Saturday and Sunday. In the late evening, trains run every hour. Previously, some stations are also serviced by trains from Brighton and from the Tonsley branch line on weekdays.
Prior to 2014, most trains were operated by 3000 class diesel-electric railcars off-peak, at weekends and at night. Single cars operated off-peak trains to Brighton, and all trains to Noarlunga Centre were at least two cars. 2000 class diesel-hydraulic railcars (usually in three-car sets) operated most Monday to Friday peak trains, and some weekend services, plus a few off-peak trains on weekdays.
There are no freight trains on the line. Oil freight trains to and from Port Stanvac ceased operation during the 1990s.
The most recent expansion of the line was a 5.5 km extension to the southern suburb of Seaford. This included a 1.2 km elevated rail bridge over the Onkaparinga River, a rail bridge over Old Honeypot Drive, and railway stations at Seaford Meadows and Seaford. New road bridges were also constructed over the extension at Goldsmith Drive, Seaford Road and Lynton Terrace. Construction started in 2011 and was completed and opened to the public on Sunday 23 February 2014.
Funding for the extension
The State Government announced in 2005 that the line would be extended. This was cancelled in 2007 after a study revealed that the extension could not be justified. The government announced that they would retain the corridor to Aldinga for a possible extension further south in the future. A feasibility study was commissioned by the government in 2008 in response to criticism that the extension was not included in the $2 billion public transport plan in the 2008 State Budget.
Re-sleepering and electrification
When delivering the 2008 South Australian State Budget, Treasurer Kevin Foley announced a $209.7 million plan to electrify the line as part of the Government's 10-year $2 billion plan to revitalise Adelaide's public transport network. This was in addition to the electrification of the Outer Harbor and Gawler rail corridors and the extension of the Glenelg Tramline.
In late 2009 Stage 1 of the Noarlunga line upgrade was completed. This involved upgrading the base layer, refurbishing/replacing rail and installing concrete sleepers between Brighton and Adelaide.
Stage 2 commenced in early 2011 and continued the upgrade works between Noarlunga and Oaklands. That section of the track was closed from 6 February 2011 for approximately six months, with substitute buses operating in lieu of the train. Most stations received a minor upgrade due to the presence of asbestos in many station shelters, necessitating their replacement. These stations included Brighton, Seacliff, Marino, Marino Rocks and Lonsdale. 
On 2 January 2013 the Noarlaunga line closed to allow for its electrification and extension, with trains being replaced by bus services. The completed project was opened by the South Australian Transport and Infrastructure Minister Tom Koutsantonis on 18 January 2014. Electric train services commenced in February 2014 after testing was completed on the line.
|Seaford Line suburban service|
^1 West Terrace tram stop will become
Noarlunga Centre Interchange, prior to 2014
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