Port Adelaide railway station

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Port Adelaide
Railways in Adelaide - List of railway stations
Port adelaide station.jpeg
Train services
Outer Harbor Line
Street Commercial Road
Portland Place
Baynes Place
Suburb Port Adelaide
Distance from Adelaide 11.7 km
Access by Ramp
Hi-Frequency station No
Peak frequency Every 20-30 mins
Weekday frequency Every 30 mins
Weekend frequency Every 60 mins
Night frequency Every 60 mins
Passenger information display Yes
Passenger information speaker Yes
Number of platforms 2
Platform layout 2 Side platforms
Toilets No
Car parking Yes
Bike storage No
Lounge No
Kiosk No
Wheelchair access Handicapped/disabled access Yes
Other facilities Payphone (underneath the station)
Opened 1916
Rebuilt 1971 and 2010
Train transfer None
Bus transfer 118 to Port Adelaide and City
136 to Port Adelaide & City
150 to Osborne and City
153 to Port Adelaide and City
230 to Port Adelaide & City
232 to Port Adelaide and City
254 to Port Adelaide and City
361 to Port Adelaide and TTP
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Port Adelaide station is on the suburban line between Adelaide and Outer Harbor, 11.7 km (7¼ miles) from Adelaide, in the suburb of Port Adelaide.

Port Adelaide station’s two elevated platforms are on a viaduct that carries the railway across Commercial Road. The station is unstaffed and has no buildings or other facilities except basic passenger shelters on each platform. It is the only railway station on the Adelaide network on a viaduct (South Road tram stop is on a viaduct.)

The railway line from Woodville to Outer Harbor closed on 15 November 2009 for four months to allow for upgrades to the viaduct and Port Adelaide station. The station was upgraded and was completed on 9 May 2010.

It is the only upgraded station on the Outer Harbor line.


Passenger trains are provided by TransAdelaide and operate a 30-minute off-peak frequency on Monday to Fridays. Peak hour services are more frequent, while evening and weekend trains depart hourly. Regular freight trains also pass through.

The tracks through Port Adelaide station are dual gauge, both 5 ft 3 in (1,600 mm) broad gauge and 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge. This allows freight traffic from Dry Creek via the Rosewater loop to access industrial facilities on the Lefevre Peninsula and the container terminal at Pelican Point. TransAdelaide railcars are broad gauge, but freight trains can be either broad gauge or standard gauge, depending on their origin or destination.

Platform #1:

Platform #2:


The line from Adelaide to Port Adelaide was the second railway in South Australia, after the Goolwa-Port Elliot railway, opened in 1854, and opened in 1856.[1] The line operated for 60 years before today’s Port Adelaide station came to be built.

The original line from Adelaide ran directly to Port Dock station, the site now occupied by the National Railway Museum. Various lines then continued through the Port Adelaide’s streets to the wharves and, from 1878, along St Vincent Street to the seaside town of Semaphore.

Congestion at Port Dock and the delays involved in operating trains along busy streets in the centre of the Port resulted in construction of a viaduct and a new bridge across the Port River in 1916. This diverted through trains to Semaphore and Outer Harbor via a new station named Port Adelaide – Commercial Road, the current station.

Port Adelaide Commercial Road was quite a substantial building, with long platforms, an overall roof and a signal cabin. This quickly took over from Port Dock as the town’s principal railway station.

As rail traffic decreased through the 1960s and 70s, facilities at Commercial Road station were gradually reduced. In the early 1970s the roof was removed, platforms shortened and the street level station buildings reconstructed. The ticket office was closed in January 1979 and the station has been unstaffed since then.

With the closure of Port Dock in 1981, Commercial Road station became Port Adelaide.


The old Port Adelaide railway station as seen from ground level

Port Adelaide is an area undergoing significant redevelopment, both for new housing and to capitalize on the historic wharf precinct to attract tourism. Port Adelaide station is an uninviting environment for commuters, tourists and visitors to nearby museums, and the station and viaduct closed for four months for upgrade works in November 2009.

The future of the section of route over the viaduct is uncertain for two reasons:-

  • All freight traffic previously travelling via Glanville to the Lefevre Peninsula industrial line has been diverted via a new rail bridge. This bridge was completed in August 2008, and crosses the Port River downstream of the Port Adelaide harbour.
  • There are intermittent proposals to upgrade the route from Adelaide to Port Adelaide and convert it to light rail. Nothing has been announced yet regarding the viaduct, but one might reasonably expect any light rail project to include street running through the heritage areas of central Port Adelaide.

Both of these initiatives would render the Commercial Road viaduct and Port Adelaide station redundant.

Bus transfers[edit]

Adelaide Metro Bus Transfers
Stop Number #38 (Commercial Road)
Route No. Destination & Route Details
City via Old Port Road, Tapleys Hill Road, Trimmer Parade, Crittenden Road, Grange Road & Port Road
City via Webb Street, Frederick Road, Westfield West Lakes, Henley Beach and Henley Beach Road
(#136F does not stop between Stop #18 and City)
City via Port Road
Osborne via Fletcher Road, Carnarvon Terrace, Victoria Road
City via Port Road
City via Addison Road, Centro Arndale and Torrens Road
City via Newcastle Street, Centro Arndale and Torrens Road, Adelaide
City via Grand Junction Road, Hanson Road, Centro Arndale and Hawker Street
(#254X does not stop between Arndale and North Adelaide)
Tea Tree Plaza Interchange via Grand Junction Road, Helen Terrace and Wright Road

See also[edit]


  1. ^ The Centenary of the Adelaide-Port Adelaide Railway Strempel, A.A. Australian Railway Historical Society Bulletin, June, 1956 pp69-83

Further reading[edit]

  • Rails Through Swamp and Sand – A History of the Port Adelaide Railway. M. Thompson pub. Port Dock Station Railway Museum (1988) ISBN 0-9595073-6-1

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 34°50′57″S 138°30′27″E / 34.849206°S 138.507587°E / -34.849206; 138.507587