Pretoria railway station

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Pretoria
Railway station
Bf.Pretoria.jpg
Station statistics
Address Scheiding Street, Pretoria
Coordinates 25°45′29″S 28°11′21″E / 25.75806°S 28.18917°E / -25.75806; 28.18917Coordinates: 25°45′29″S 28°11′21″E / 25.75806°S 28.18917°E / -25.75806; 28.18917
Line(s)

Shosholoza Meyl:

Premier Classe:

Metrorail:

  • Johannesburg–Pretoria
  • Pretoria–De Wildt/Mabopane
  • Pretoria–Pienaarspoort
  • Pretoria–Saulsville
  • Tshwane Business Express
Connections Gautrain
Structure type At-grade
Other information
Opened 1892
Rebuilt 1910
Owned by PRASA
View of the station from Salvokop

Pretoria railway station is the central station in Pretoria, the executive capital of South Africa. It is located between Pretoria's central business district and Salvokop, in a 1910 building designed by Herbert Baker. It is the terminus of various Metrorail commuter rail services in the northern part of Gauteng, and a stop on Shosholoza Meyl inter-city services from Johannesburg to Polokwane and Nelspruit. Pretoria is also the northern terminus of the luxury Blue Train service from Cape Town. Platforms and tracks for the Gautrain rapid-rail service are adjacent to the main-line station.

History[edit]

The first railway station in Pretoria was built in 1892 by the Netherlands-South African Railway Company (NZASM) as the western terminus of its line to the harbour of Delagoa Bay (now Maputo).[1] In 1910, shortly before the creation of the Union of South Africa, the government of the Transvaal Colony decided to spend excess funds on constructing a new station for Pretoria, rather than surrendering the money to the new national government. The new station was the first public building designed by Herbert Baker.[2]

On 19 February 2001, a signalling failure led to major delays to Metrorail services in Pretoria. Angered by the delays, some commuters set a fire in a waiting room which spread to the roof of the building, which caved in. Almost all of the roof was destroyed, although the structure itself was saved.[3] The restoration, which cost 18 million rand, started in June 2001 and finished in February 2002.[2]

Services[edit]

Shosholoza Meyl inter-city services originating from Johannesburg pass through Pretoria en route to Musina via Polokwane and Komatipoort via Nelspruit. Metrorail commuter services operate from Pretoria west to Atteridgeville, north to Soshanguve and Ga-Rankuwa, east to Mamelodi, and south to Johannesburg Park Station. The Gautrain connects Pretoria station to Park Station, with another going east from Pretoria to Hatfield.

Preceding station   Shosholoza Meyl   Following station
towards Johannesburg
Johannesburg–Nelspruit–Komatipoort
towards Komatipoort
Johannesburg–Polokwane–Musina
towards Musina
Premier Classe
Terminus
Johannesburg–Hoedspruit
towards Hoedspruit
Gautrain
toward Park Station
North-South Line
Terminus

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Pretoria/Tshwane: Timeline 1800–1889". South African History Online. Retrieved 5 July 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Davie, Lucille (13 February 2002). "A swastika, Herbert Baker & Pretoria Station". SouthAfrica.info. Retrieved 5 July 2010. 
  3. ^ "Angry commuters cause R30m damage to station". Sapa. 20 February 2001. 

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