Outer Harbor railway line

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Outer Harbor railway line
OuterHarborSA.jpg
Overview
Locale Adelaide, South Australia
Termini Adelaide
Stations
Services
  • Every 10-20 mins (peak)
  • Every 30 mins (weekday)
  • Every 30 mins (weekend)
  • Every 60 mins (night)
Operation
Opened
Rolling stock
Events
Re-sleepered (concrete) 2002, November 2009-March 2010
Technical
Line length 21.9 km (13.6 mi)
Number of tracks
Track gauge 1,600 mm (5 ft 3 in)
Route map
Outer Harbor Line suburban service
 Gauge and interchange key 
Broad gauge
Standard gauge
Adelaide Metro commuter trains
Adelaide Metro trams
Adelaide Metro buses
GSR interstate trains
21.9km
0:40
Outer Harbor
Golfcourse Entrance
Balloon Loop exit
Klingberg Drive
20.5km
0:38
North Haven
Osborne Road
19.6km
0:36
Osborne
Connection to Pelican Point
18.8km
0:34
Midlunga
Gedville Road
18.2km
0:33
Taperoo
Strathfield Terrace
17.2km
0:31
Draper
Kalopore Avenue
16.4km
0:30
Largs North
Fletcher Road
Jetty Road
15.5km
0:28
Largs
Largs Jetty(Closed 1908)
Wills Street
Hargrave Street
14.6km
0:26
Peterhead
Harris Street
Semaphore Road Semaphore Road
To Semaphore
13.8km
0:25
Glanville Interchange BSicon BUS.svg
Birkenhead Loop to Pelican Point (Dual gauge)
Hart Street
13.1km
0:23
Ethelton
Rennie Road
Port River
Old Port Road
Church Street
11.7km
0:21
Port Adelaide(Commercial Road) Commercial Road
Lipson Street
Proposed tram extension
National Railway Museum
Grand Junction Road Grand Junction Road
Rosewater Loop to Dry Creek (Dual gauge)
10.2km
0:18
Alberton
Fussel Place
9.2km
0:17
Cheltenham
Cheltenham Racecourse (Closed 2009)
Cheltenham Parade
8.6km
0:15
St Clair
To Gillman Junction via Finsbury
To Grange
7.5km
0:14
Woodville BSicon BAHN.svg
Woodville Road
6.8km
0:12
Woodville Park
Kilkenny Road
6.0km
0:10
Kilkenny
Private Road
5.1km
0:09
West Croydon(Over Rosetta Street)
4.2km
0:07
Croydon
Elizabeth Street
South Road South Road
Coglin Street
Chief Street
East Street
2.7km
0:05
Bowden
Gibson Street
Gibson Street
Proposed tram junction
Park Terrace Park Terrace
Entertainment Centre
To Port Augusta
To Gawler
Torrens Bridge(Closed 1888)
River Torrens
To Seaford, Tonsley and Belair
West Terrace
Adelaide Depot
City West
Montefiore Road
0km
0:00
Adelaide BSicon BAHN.svg BSicon TRAM.svg BSicon BUS.svg
To Glenelg

The Outer Harbor railway line is a suburban branch line in Adelaide, South Australia.

It runs from Adelaide station through the north western suburbs to Port Adelaide and Outer Harbor. It is 21.9 kilometres in length, and shares part of its run with the Grange line. It is operated by Adelaide Metro.

History[edit]

The railway between Adelaide and Port Dock railway station was the first railway in Adelaide and the first government-owned railway in the British Empire[citation needed], opening in 1856.

Port Adelaide junction was created when the railway was extended to cross the Port River to Le Fevre Peninsula. As industry developed on the west side of the Port River, and deeper harbour was required. Initially, this was at Semaphore, with the railway extended in 1882 as the now-closed Semaphore railway line to service the overseas shipping jetty there. The Outer Harbor was developed and the railway extended from Glanville railway station to service it. The line between Port Adelaide Junction and Glanville was dual gauge until early December 2009 when the standard gauge rails were removed. Outer Harbor had a balloon loop railway so that trains could be turned around without shunting or requiring a turntable or triangle. The loop was cut when rail freight moved off the broad gauge Outer Harbor railway to the nearby standard gauge line on the eastern side of the peninsula.

In January 2017, the line was closed for three weeks alongside the Grange line for the building of an overpass over South Road.[1][2] Both lines were closed again along with a portion of the Gawler line in April of the same year to work on the Torrens Rail Junction Project.[3]

Route[edit]

The line is double track from Adelaide to Midlunga, then single for the final three kilometres to Outer Harbour. The northern section of the line runs along the middle of the narrow Lefevre Peninsula with stations at regular intervals.[4]

Services are operated by 3000 class railcars.

Line guide[edit]

Station Image Opened Additional information
Outer Harbor Handicapped/disabled access Parking OuterHarborSA.jpg 1926 Bus transfer: 333
North Haven Handicapped/disabled access BSicon PARKING.svg NorthHavenRailwayStationAdelaide.jpg 13 September 1981
Osborne Handicapped/disabled access OsborneRailwayStationAdelaide.jpg 30 November 1908 Some peak hour services terminate Here
  • Bus transfer: 150 333
Midlunga Handicapped/disabled access MidlungaRailwayStationAdelaide.jpg 1921
Taperoo Handicapped/disabled access TaperooRailwayStationAdelaide.jpg 30 November 1908 Opened as Silicate Siding, renamed 22 November 1920
Draper Handicapped/disabled access unknown
Largs North Handicapped/disabled access 21 August 1916 Opened as Swansea, renamed 1 November 1945
Largs Handicapped/disabled access 1907
Peterhead Handicapped/disabled access Parking Peterhead Station 2.jpg 1911 Bus transfer: 352 353
Glanville Handicapped/disabled access Park and Ride Glanville Interchange.jpeg 7 January 1878 Bus transfer: 333
Ethelton Handicapped/disabled access Parking EtheltonRailwayStationAdelaide.jpg 1916
Port Adelaide Handicapped/disabled access Port adelaide station.jpeg 1916 Opened as Commercial Road; renamed 1981
  • Bus transfer:150 118 230 232 361
Alberton Handicapped/disabled access Alberton station.jpg April 1856
Cheltenham Handicapped/disabled access CheltenhamRailwayStationAdelaide.jpg 1959
St Clair Handicapped/disabled access 23 February 2014
Woodville Handicapped/disabled access Parking WoodvilleRailwayStationAdelaide.jpg April 1856 Change for the Grange line
Bus Transfer: 100
Woodville Park Handicapped/disabled access Parking Woodville Park Railway.jpg December 1936
Kilkenny Handicapped/disabled access Kilkenny station SA.jpg 1881 Bus Transfer: 231
West Croydon Handicapped/disabled access West Croyden Station 2008.jpg 21 December 1915
Croydon Handicapped/disabled access Croydon railway station, Adelaide, City Bound Platform.JPG 1888
Bowden Handicapped/disabled access Bowden station 2005 (5534649270).jpg April 1856 Change for the Glenelg Tram
Currently closed for city-bound passengers
Adelaide Handicapped/disabled access TransAdelaide 3000 class railcar at Adelaide station.jpg April 1856 Change for the Belair, Gawler, Tonsley and Seaford lines
Change for the Glenelg Tram

Future[edit]

Various plans to modify the line have been proposed in the 21st century.

In 2008, the State Government announced a plan to rebuild the Outer Harbour line in preparation for the line to be electrified with the Federal Government also to provide funding.[5] In the 2011 budget, it was announced that electrification of the Outer Harbor line had been deferred until 2016.[6] In June 2012, the project was cancelled.[7]

In May 2016, the State Government announced 1.4 kilometres of the line would be lowered in a grade separation project to pass below the Adelaide to Port Augusta and Gawler Central lines. A new Bowden station will be built as part of the project.[8][9] In December 2016 the contract was awarded to a consortium of Laing O'Rourke, AECOM and KBR.[10]

As of 2016, the State Government is again considering electrifying the line or converting it to light rail. A 2016 report into potential light rail projects in Adelaide considered two options for the future of the line. The first option would electrify the heavy rail line and provide a short spurline to central Port Adelaide. The second option would convert the line to light rail and add a new on-street branch to Semaphore. A light rail conversion would also require the conversion or closure of the Grange line - several options for the future of that line were also presented.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Major works kick off to remove one of Adelaide’s worst level crossings Premier of South Australia 2 January 2017
  2. ^ Outer Harbor & Grange line closure January 2 - January 23 2017 Department of Planning, Transport & Infrastructure
  3. ^ Outer Harbor, Grange and Gawler rail line closures
  4. ^ Outer Harbor & Grange timetable Adelaide Metro 23 February 2014
  5. ^ 2008/09 State Budget South Australian Department of Treasury & Finance June 2008
  6. ^ Martin, Sarah (10 June 2011). "SA State Budget 11 - $200m in rail revitalisation work delayed". Adelaide Advertiser. Retrieved 2011-06-10. 
  7. ^ South Australia cuts back Adelaide electrification International Railway Journal 8 June 2012
  8. ^ Torrens Rail Junction Project Department of Transport, Planning & Infrastructure
  9. ^ Adelaide rail upgrade project to separate passenger and freight lines on Outer Harbor line ABC News 6 May 2016
  10. ^ Torrens Rail Junction Upgrade Laing O'Rourke 19 December 2016
  11. ^ "AdeLINK Multi-Criteria Analysis Summary Report" (PDF). Department of Transport, Planning and Infrastructure. 2016. pp. 11–13. 
  • 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