Gawler railway station

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Gawler
GawlerStationAdelaide.jpg
Location Twentythird Street, Gawler South
Line(s) Gawler Central Line
Distance 39.8 km from Adelaide
Platforms 3
Bus routes None
Construction
Parking Yes
Bicycle facilities Yes
History
Opened 1857
Rebuilt 1872 & 2012
Services
Preceding station   TransAdelaide   Following station
toward Adelaide
Gawler Central line

Gawler railway station is located on the Gawler Central line.[1] Situated in the South Australian town of Gawler, it is 39.8 kilometres from Adelaide station.

History[edit]

Gawler station opened in 1857 as the terminus of the Gawler line. It was built on pastoral land owned by the local parliamentary member of the period. The original platform building was replaced in 1879.[2][3]

Subsequently, a horse-drawn tram serviced Gawler's main street (Murray Street), almost a kilometre away. The tramway handled both passengers and goods, with several goods sidings, and a connection to the main line to facilitate the delivery of locomotives built by James Martin & Co.

The railway was extended to Roseworthy and Kapunda in 1860 then to Morgan in 1878.

With the opening of the Barossa Valley line in 1911, Gawler became a junction station, and North Gawler station (now named Gawler Central) was built which eventually led to closure of the tramway. Further branches from both railway lines meant Gawler Station was quite busy. Neither line is now used beyond the metropolitan transit.

The current station contains a kiosk and three platforms. South of the station, lie stabling sidings for Adelaide Metro's rolling stock.

The Gawler Lions Club has adopted the station for restoration work. It now houses an art gallery, displaying local artists, and is open on weekends. The club also successfully lobbied for a steam engine built by James Martin & Sons, previously located on Thomas Terrace between the Gawler Oval and Gawler Central stations. The locomotive is also in the process of being restored.[4]

n March 2012 an upgrade of the station was completed. The heritage train shed was dismantled for restoration off-site, both platforms upgraded and a new toilet installed.[5]

Gawler station marks the end of the double track section from Adelaide, with the line becoming single track just north of the station.

Media[edit]

The station building has appeared in a number of television shows and movies including The Shiralee and McLeod's Daughters.

Platforms & services[edit]

Gawler station is served by Adelaide Metro trains operating from Adelaide to Gawler Central. It is also a terminus station, with every second service terminating here.[1]

Platform Line Stopping Pattern
1 & 2 & 3 Gawler Central line terminating services; all stations & limited stop services to Adelaide or Gawler Central

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Gawler Central timetable Archived 10 February 2014 at the Wayback Machine. Adelaide Metro 4 February 2013
  2. ^ Bassett Town & the Railway Town of Gawler
  3. ^ "Place ID 6072". Australian Heritage Database. Department of the Environment. 
  4. ^ Projects Gawler Lions Club
  5. ^ Stations Upgrade Program Department of Planning, Transport & Infrastructure

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 34°36′30″S 138°44′23″E / 34.60833°S 138.73972°E / -34.60833; 138.73972