Emerson railway station

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Emerson Railway Station.JPG
Train services
Seaford Line
Tonsley Line
Street South Road
Suburb Black Forest
Distance from Adelaide 7.1 km
Access by Level pedestrian crossing
Number of platforms 2
Opened 1928
Bus transfer 100 Circle Line
719 to Flinders University
720 to Westfield Marion
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Emerson railway station is located on the Seaford and Tonsley lines.[1] Situated in the inner south-western Adelaide suburb of Black Forest, it is 7.1 kilometres from Adelaide station. Initially the station's name raised some criticism due to its perceived similarity to nearby Edwardstown railway station and the potential confusion that could result.[2]

Passenger trains first stopped at Emerson Station on Monday, July 16, 1928. At that stage, all passenger trains stopped for the purpose of allowing passengers to join or alight, except those travelling to and from Willunga.[3]

Emerson Crossing[edit]

The road intersection immediately south of Emerson railway station was a complex junction of the railway and major connector roads, South Road and Cross Road. Debate occurred during planning for the duplication of the then Brighton Line in 1949, that a level crossing should be avoided due to the expected resulting congestion and an overhead railway bridge was proposed by the Highways Department.[4]

In September 1952, a conference was held to discuss the Emerson Rail Crossing where once again a grade separation was proposed via an overland bridge or a subway.[5] A Bridge was not built at this stage, with automatic gates being installed instead with coordinating traffic lights.[6]

Between 1982 and 1984 a road overpass (Emerson Crossing) was built for South Road, which had then become a major arterial road.[7]

In July 2008 Emerson station became the first station to install a Caution More than One Train (CMToT) warning device. The device activates when there are two trains in the vicinity by sounding an alarm and lighting up the warning message where people cross at the pedestrian maze. The installation of the CMToT warning device was as a result of incidents and many near misses where pedestrians were walking behind one train and not being alert to a second train coming from the other direction.[8]


  1. ^ Seaford & Tonsley timetable Adelaide Metro 20 July 2014
  2. ^ "Confusing Names". The Register. 16 October 1928. Retrieved 31 May 2015. 
  3. ^ Bowkett, C. (16 July 1928). "Opening Station at Emerson (Willunga Line)". The Advertiser. Retrieved 31 May 2015. 
  4. ^ "Emerson Railway Bridge - Crossing "Would Hold Up Traffic"". The Advertiser. 1 December 1949. Retrieved 31 May 2015. 
  5. ^ "Conference on Emerson Rail Crossing". The Advertiser. 27 September 1952. Retrieved 31 May 2015. 
  6. ^ "Gates for Emerson Rail Crossing". The Advertiser. 4 October 1952. Retrieved 31 May 2015. 
  7. ^ "Emerson Crossing Collection". State Library of South Australia. State Library of South Australia. Retrieved 31 May 2015. 
  8. ^ Level crossing black spot partnership Premier of Australia 24 July 2008

External links[edit]

Media related to Emerson railway station at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 34°58′01″S 138°34′25″E / 34.9668712°S 138.5735854°E / -34.9668712; 138.5735854