Ethelton railway station

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Location Causeway Road
Line(s) Outer Harbor Line
Distance 13.1 km from Adelaide
Platforms 2
Bus routes None
Parking Yes
Bicycle facilities Yes
Disabled access Yes
Opened 1916
Preceding station   Adelaide Metro   Following station
toward Adelaide
Outer Harbor line
toward Outer Harbor

Ethelton station is located on the Outer Harbor line.[1] Situated in the north-western Adelaide suburb of Ethelton, it is 13.1 kilometres from Adelaide station. It has been unstaffed since the ticket office closed in 1980. There is a small interchange for local buses adjacent to the station.


Ethelton station opened in 1916, following construction of the Commercial Road viaduct at Port Adelaide and a new bridge across the Port River. This new line diverted trains from Adelaide to Semaphore and Outer Harbor away from the congested rail yards at Port Dock station and to avoid heavy traffic along St Vincents Street in the centre of Port Adelaide.

The railway tracks through Ethelton are dual gauge and capable of carrying both 1,600 mm (5 ft 3 in) broad gauge and 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge trains. Until July 2008, the dual gauge tracks were used by freight trains from Dry Creek and the Rosewater loop which passed through Ethelton to access industrial facilities on the Lefevre Peninsula and the container terminal at Pelican Point. All freight services through the station ceased when the new Mark Mackillop Bridge opened.[2] The disused standard gauge rails have been removed, however the dual gauge sleepers remain in place with the entire Outer Harbor line to be gauge converted in the future.

Transport links[edit]

Bus Transfers: Stop 38 Causeway Road (Ethelton Station)
Route No. Destination & Route Details
City via Military Road, Westfield West Lakes, West Lakes Boulevard & Port Road[3]
Port Adelaide via Bower Road & Church Street.[3]


  • 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 Ethelton railway station at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 34°50′55″S 138°29′42″E / 34.848492°S 138.494904°E / -34.848492; 138.494904