Port Elizabeth railway station

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Port Elizabeth
Railway station
Station statistics
Address Jetty Street, Port Elizabeth 6001
Coordinates 33°57′38″S 25°37′30″E / 33.96056°S 25.62500°E / -33.96056; 25.62500Coordinates: 33°57′38″S 25°37′30″E / 33.96056°S 25.62500°E / -33.96056; 25.62500
Line(s) Metrorail: Shosholoza Meyl: Premier Classe:
Connections Apple Express (at Humewood Road)
Structure type At-grade
Platforms 7 terminus platforms
Tracks 7
Other information
Owned by TFR
Services
Preceding station   Metrorail   Following station
towards Uitenhage
Port Elizabeth Metrorail Terminus
Shosholoza Meyl
towards Johannesburg
Johannesburg–Port Elizabeth Terminus
Premier Classe
towards Cape Town
Cape Town–Port Elizabeth Terminus

Port Elizabeth railway station is a railway station, located in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

In 1873, Prime Minister John Molteno of the Cape Colony commenced work on connecting Port Elizabeth to the developing national railway network, resulting in the station complex being located in the historic central district, near the harbour.[1] The prosperity which followed the construction of railways to the interior earned for the port the designation of "the Liverpool of South Africa."

Passenger services operating from the station include:

The Apple Express narrow-gauge tourist train to Avontuur operates from the separate station in Humewood Road near King's Beach. It departs regularly for Thornhill Village via a rail bridge over the Van Stadens River, the highest narrow-gauge rail bridge in the world.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Burman, Jose (1984), Early Railways at the Cape. Cape Town: Human & Rousseau, p.64. ISBN 0-7981-1760-5
  2. ^ Premier Classe