Adelaide Parklands Terminal

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Adelaide Parklands Terminal
Sign - Adel Parklands Terminal 2011.jpg
Location Richmond Road, Keswick Terminal
Coordinates 34°33′41″S 138°20′43″E / 34.5615°S 138.3452°E / -34.5615; 138.3452Coordinates: 34°33′41″S 138°20′43″E / 34.5615°S 138.3452°E / -34.5615; 138.3452
Owned by Great Southern Rail
Operated by Great Southern Rail
Platforms 3 (1 side, 1 island)
Tracks 3
Construction
Structure type Ground
Parking Yes
Disabled access Yes
History
Opened 18 May 1984
Services
Preceding station   Great Southern Railway   Following station
towards East Perth
Indian Pacific
towards Sydney
towards Darwin
The Ghan Terminus
towards Melbourne
The Overland Terminus

Adelaide Parklands Terminal is the only interstate railway station in Adelaide, South Australia. It is three kilometres from the city centre, adjacent to the suburb of Keswick, and is within the southern part of the West Parklands.

History[edit]

The terminal opened on 18 May 1984 as Keswick Terminal. It was developed by Australian National (AN) as a dedicated long-haul passenger rail station, allowing AN to vacate the then State Transport Authority's Adelaide railway station.

It was built as a dual gauge station being served by the standard gauge Ghan, Indian Pacific and Trans-Australian to the north, and the broad gauge Overland to the east. It was also served by regional trains operated by South Australian Railways Bluebird railcars and Commonwealth Railways CB class railcars. The SA regional trains ceased operation by 1990. The Adelaide to Melbourne line was converted to standard gauge in 1995, and The Overland became a standard gauge train.

In 1986, the Geographic Names Board approved the name Keswick Terminal for the station, and it is now[when?] officially classified as a suburb,[citation needed] in the City of West Torrens. The station was included in the sale of Australian National's passenger operations to Great Southern Rail on 1 November 1997.[1]

Adelaide is the only city in the world where passengers can catch trains on three distinct transcontinental routes,[citation needed] The Ghan,[2] (to Alice Springs and Darwin), the Indian Pacific,[3] (to Sydney and Perth), and The Overland (to Melbourne).[4] These trains are all operated by Great Southern Rail.[5]

In June 2008, the station was renamed Adelaide Parklands Terminal.[6] following Stage One of a plan to "improve guest comfort and amenity, traffic and passenger movement, food and retail facilities, image, identity, presentation and sustainability".[7] SA Govt Tourism Minister Jane Lomax-Smith officially opened the Terminal on 6 August 2008.[8]

The Indian Pacific at the terminal
Main platform with carriages from The Ghan

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Goodbye AN Passenger, Hello Great Southern Railway" Railway Digest December 1997 page 7
  2. ^ The Ghan Archived 15 February 2015 at the Wayback Machine., Great Southern Rail
  3. ^ The Indian Pacific Archived 22 January 2015 at the Wayback Machine. Great Southern Rail
  4. ^ The Overland Great Southern Rail
  5. ^ Home Great Southern Rail
  6. ^ New name for interstate rail terminal ABC News 5 August 2008
  7. ^ ATOMIQ Design Group Archived 14 March 2011 at the Wayback Machine., Architects of the Adelaide Parklands Interstate Rail Terminal
  8. ^ Adelaide Parklands Rail Terminal launched, Jane Lomax-Smith

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