Bowden railway station

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Bowden station 2005 (5534649270).jpg
The original Bowden railway station in 2005. The platform to the left has since been demolished, while the one to the right will remain open until September 2017.
Location Gibson Street, Bowden
Coordinates 34°54′22″S 138°34′33″E / 34.9061°S 138.5757°E / -34.9061; 138.5757Coordinates: 34°54′22″S 138°34′33″E / 34.9061°S 138.5757°E / -34.9061; 138.5757
Owned by Department of Planning, Transport & Infrastructure
Operated by Adelaide Metro
Line(s) Grange Line
Outer Harbor
Distance 2.7 kilometres from Adelaide
Platforms 1 side (Outer Harbor/Grange bound only)
Tracks 2
Bus routes 150 155 157
Connections Glenelg
Structure type Ground
Parking Yes
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Status Partly demolished; under reconstruction
Station code 16496
Opened 1856

Bowden railway station is located on the Grange and Outer Harbor lines.[1] Situated in the inner-city Adelaide suburb of Bowden, it is 2.7 kilometres from Adelaide station. Is currently only services Grange and Outer Harbour bound services.

The station retains its original 1856 brick and stone station building on the northbound platform, which now runs as the Loose Caboose café. The station's southbound platform was closed and demolished in 2017.


Bowden was one of the original stations on the Adelaide to Port Adelaide railway when the line opened in April 1856.

In 1871, sidings were constructed at the Woodville end of the station for delivery of coal from Port Adelaide to the adjacent gas works. With increasing traffic, the single track Adelaide to Port Adelaide line was duplicated in 1881, and the sidings at Bowden were extended as the gas works grew.

Two signal cabins were in operation at Bowden between 1884 and 1930, one at East Street (at the Woodville end), the second at Gibson Street (at the Adelaide end). The East Street cabin was closed when colour light signalling was introduced on the Port line in the 1930s.

The SA Gas Company sidings were closed in June 1973 and Bowden’s goods yard was closed completely from September 1977 along with the Gibson Street signal cabin. The site of the gas works sidings is still visible on the north side of the line near the Chief Street underpass.

With falling passenger numbers, the station has been unattended since November 1979, which was a far cry from the middle years of the 20th century when usage was high enough to justify staffed ticket offices on both platforms.

In 2012, The Loose Caboose cafe opened in the station building on platform 1.[2] As part of a grade separation project to lower the Outer Harbor line below the Adelaide to Port Augusta and Gawler lines, the existing station will be demolished and a new one built, however, the heritage station building will remain after the project is complete.[3]

In 2017, the original city-bound platform was closed on April 11 and demolished shortly afterwards; a replacement is set to open in late October. The outbound platform is scheduled to be closed and demolished in September of the same year. The underpass was permanently closed on March.[4]

Services by platform[edit]

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

Bus Connections[edit]

The closest bus stop to Bowden station is Stop 6 on Port Road:[5][6]
150 City - Osborne
155 City - Westfield West Lakes
157 City - Largs Bay


  • 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]

Media related to Bowden railway station at Wikimedia Commons