Belair railway station

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Belair
Belair station.jpg
Location Sheoak Road
Belair
Line(s) Belair Line
Distance 21.5 km from Adelaide
Platforms 3 (2 disused)
Bus routes 195 to Blackwood
892 & 893 to Aldgate & Blackwood
Construction
Parking Yes
Bicycle facilities No
History
Opened 1883
Services
Preceding station   TransAdelaide   Following station
toward Adelaide
Belair line Terminus

Belair railway station is located on the Adelaide to Melbourne line in the Adelaide southern foothills suburb of Belair, 21.5 kilometres from Adelaide station. It is the terminus for Adelaide Metro's Belair line service.[1]

History[edit]

Belair station opened in 1883 with the opening of the Adelaide to Aldgate section of the Adelaide-Melbourne line.

Belair is a scenic location on the edge of the Belair National Park and the station has a number of historic preserved buildings. In past years, many people travelled by train to Belair at weekends to enjoy the adjacent National Park. The large 1890s vintage wooden shelter on the main platform was built for these crowds. There were other facilities at the station such as a refreshment room, now long gone. Parts of the heritage station were destroyed by an arsonist in May 2003. The building is currently being rebuilt with special materials. There are also a number of stabling sidings for storing passenger trains overnight.

Until 1987, the Bridgewater line carried suburban trains further into the Adelaide Hills as far as the town of Bridgewater. The Bridgewater trains were withdrawn in 1987, attributed to high cost of operation and low passenger numbers. Platform 2 was used to terminate some suburban trains for a while after the closure of the line. Stations beyond Belair were closed and all suburban trains now terminate at Belair.

In 1995, the Adelaide to Melbourne line was converted to standard gauge. This prevented any restoration of local trains to Bridgewater or beyond. Between Adelaide and Belair, the former double track route became two parallel single lines, one broad gauge for Adelaide Metro services, and the former Adelaide bound track was converted to standard gauge for interstate freight.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Belair timetable Adelaide Metro 12 October 2014

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 34°59′53″S 138°37′59″E / 34.9981°S 138.633°E / -34.9981; 138.633