Islington Railway Workshops

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Islington Railway Workshops
Location
Location Kilburn
Characteristics
Operator(s) South Australian Railways
History
Opened 1883

The Islington Railway Workshops are railway workshops in the northern suburbs of Adelaide, South Australia. They were the chief railway workshops of the South Australian Railways, and are still in operation today.[1]

History[edit]

They were first established in 1883. As part of William Webb's revitalisation of the railways, the workshops were expanded in the 1920s. During World War II, the Workshops were involved in the construction of a number of armoured vehicles for the Australian Imperial Force, most notably the LP1, LP2, LP3 and LP4 series of armoured cars, based on Ford chassis; and the LP1 and LP2 Universal (Bren Gun) carriers.[1]

In 2012, the site was given provisional listing as a heritage site.[2] In 2013-2014, parts of the workshops were demolished to make way for the Churchill Shopping Centre that opened in May 2014 and contains Adelaide's first Coles Superstore, as well as a further expansion which saw the demolition of another part of the workshops in order to add an Aldi supermarket and a number of specialty stores to the Shopping Centre.[3]

Output[edit]

A fuel tank wagon, dating from 1929
A 620 class, dating from 1936

The Workshops built many of the locomotives and items of rolling stock that served the South Australian Railways, including:

They also built 13 Australian Standard Garratts for the Queensland Railways and Western Australian Government Railways.

Heritage listings[edit]

Six surviving historic buildings from the former workshops are listed on the South Australian Heritage Register. They are:

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Islington Railway Workshops SA Life
  2. ^ Islington railway yards make the list Adelaide Advertiser 3 April 2012
  3. ^ $100 million Churchill Shopping Centre opens on May 28 Adelaide Advertiser 28 May 2014
  4. ^ "Islington Railway Workshops Chief Mechanical Engineer's Office". South Australian Heritage Register. Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources. Retrieved 15 August 2016. 
  5. ^ "Islington Railway Workshops Fabrication Shop". South Australian Heritage Register. Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources. Retrieved 15 August 2016. 
  6. ^ "Islington Railway Workshops Foundry". South Australian Heritage Register. Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources. Retrieved 15 August 2016. 
  7. ^ "Islington Railway Workshops Apprentice School". South Australian Heritage Register. Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources. Retrieved 15 August 2016. 
  8. ^ "Islington Railway Workshops Electrical Shop". South Australian Heritage Register. Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources. Retrieved 15 August 2016. 
  9. ^ "Islington Railway Workshops Fabrication Shop Annex". South Australian Heritage Register. Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources. Retrieved 15 August 2016.