North Adelaide railway station

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North Adelaide
North Adelaide Railway Station, Adelaide.JPG
Location War Memorial Drive
North Adelaide
Line(s) Gawler Central Line
Distance 2.5 km from Adelaide
Platforms 2
Bus routes None
Parking Yes
Bicycle facilities No
Opened 1857
Preceding station   TransAdelaide   Following station
Gawler Central line

North Adelaide railway station is located on the Gawler Central line in the inner northern Adelaide suburb of North Adelaide. It is 2.5 kilometres from Adelaide station.


North Adelaide station is only served by a limited number of trains stop at this station between 06:00 and 09:45, and 13:30 and 19:00 on weekdays only.[1] The station was closed for a brief period in the 1990s, having declined into a bad state of repair. Special event trains for the annual Skyshow fireworks previously used this station as a terminus. When the Schutzenfest is held at the nearby Bonython Park in January each year, most trains stop at this station.

In 1940, most trains stopped or could be requested to stop at North Adelaide.[2] In 1969, all trains except express trains stopped here every day.[3]

In January 2013, North Adelaide station became the temporary terminus of the Gawler Central line while Adelaide station was closed for a month.[4][5]


North Adelaide station opened in 1857 with station building (waiting room, ladies waiting room and ticket office) and attached four room residence and garden. The enclosed garden still contains mature exotic trees including cotoneaster, phoenix palm and orange. There is also an outbuilding to the north. In 1878 the windows, doors and west facing verandah over the platform were altered. The building is the third oldest surviving railway station in South Australia and distinct from the earlier 1856 Bowden and Alberton stations, having an attached residence. The buildings are classed as historic and listed on the Register of the National Estate.[6] After Bowden, Alberton and St Kilda railway station, Melbourne, it is the fourth oldest railway station in Australia.[7]

The structure on the Gawler bound platform was burnt down and replaced by the present shelter. There were sidings and a wood yard selling firewood west of this platform where the standard gauge line to Darwin now runs.

Station building with Signal box in background, about 1880

In 1880 a signal box was erected south of the station building at the end of the platform. This has since been demolished. In the late 1980s, the Adelaide bound platform was shortened.

The station is no longer staffed. In recent times the station building was used for housing a community group, Bicycle SA (1996-circa 2004). The building is owned and managed by the City of Adelaide.


  1. ^ Gawler Central timetable Adelaide Metro 4 February 2013
  2. ^ Watson, SH. Metropolitan Time Tables (Third ed.). South Australian Railways. p. 94. 
  3. ^ ML Stockley; General Traffic Manager (20 July 1969). Metropolitan and Country Time and Fare Tables. South Australian Railways. 
  4. ^ Gawler Line Adelaide Metro
  5. ^ "Trains return to Adelaide Railway Station" Railway Digest March 2013 page 23
  6. ^ "Place ID 18345". Australian Heritage Database. Department of the Environment. 
  7. ^ Corporation of the City of Adelaide (1990). Susan Marsden; Paul Stark; Patricia Sumerling, eds. Heritage of the City of Adelaide. Corporation of the City of Adelaide. ISBN 0-909866-30-9. 

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Coordinates: 34°54′22″S 138°34′54″E / 34.90611°S 138.58167°E / -34.90611; 138.58167