Alberton railway station, Adelaide

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Alberton railway station, Adelaide
Alberton station.jpg
LocationStation Place
Alberton
Line(s)Outer Harbor Line
Distance10.2 km from Adelaide
Platforms2
Tracks2
Bus routes232 to Port Adelaide (Torrens Road)
Construction
Structure typeSide platform
ParkingNo
Bicycle facilitiesYes
Disabled accessYes
History
Opened1856
Services
Preceding station   Adelaide Metro   Following station
toward Adelaide
Outer Harbor line
toward Outer Harbor

Alberton railway station is located on the Outer Harbor line.[1] Situated in the north-western Adelaide suburb of Alberton, it is 10.2 kilometres from Adelaide station. The station is registered as a South Australian Heritage.

History[edit]

The railway station and the substantial brick and stone building on the northbound platform were constructed in 1856 when the line between Adelaide and Port Adelaide was built. The other intermediate stations on this line were at Bowden and Woodville. In the early days, Adelaide to Port Adelaide was a single-track railway. As traffic on the line increased, a second platform opened at Alberton in 1878 and the single track was duplicated throughout in 1881. Goods sidings were installed in 1892, controlled by a signal cabin adjacent to the Fussell Place level crossing.

As traffic declined in the second half of the 20th century, the goods siding and signal cabin were taken out of use in 1953. Alberton station has been unattended since 1 September 1987, but the building on the first platform is now used as a hairdresser. In late 2016, the station was ranked as one of the worst stations in the western suburbs based on 5 criteria.[2]

No freight trains operate through Alberton, however a significant amount of freight traffic used the nearby Rosewater loop until 2008 when the Mary MacKillop Bridge over the Port River was opened.[3] The Rosewater loop joined the Adelaide to Outer Harbor line at Port Adelaide Junction (just north of Alberton) heading for the Lefevre Peninsula and Pelican Point.

Services by platform[edit]

Platform Lines Destinations Notes
1 Outer Harbor all stops services to Outer Harbor some peak hour services terminate at Osborne
2 Outer Harbor all stops services to Adelaide

References[edit]

  1. ^ Outer Harbor & Grange timetable Adelaide Metro 23 February 2014
  2. ^ "And the worst rail stop in the west goes to …". The Advertiser. 8 September 2016. Retrieved 19 September 2017.
  3. ^ Premier Mike Rann opens the Diver Derrick and Mary Mackillop road and rail bridges at Pt Adel ABC News 1 August 2008
  • 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°51′29″S 138°31′06″E / 34.858088°S 138.518398°E / -34.858088; 138.518398