Swakopmund railway station
Swakopmund was the starting point of the first state railway line in German South West Africa. The railway station was built in 1901, as a terminal on the Imperial Germany's colonial Kaiserliche Eisenbahn line connecting Swakopmund with Windhoek. The station was designed by Willi Sander, who also later designed Swakopmund Lighthouse. In 1914 the extension to Walvis Bay was completed, with a railtrack very close to the shore of the Atlantic Ocean. In 1980 this extension was replaced by an alternative route behind the dunes that allowed for higher axle load.
The station building, declared a national monument in 1972, today serves as a hotel and casino; trains stop outside town. There is another former station building in Swakopmund, the O.M.E.G. Bahnhof of the private mining company Otavi Minen und Eisenbahn Gesellschaft, today housing a museum.
- "Swakopmund, Railway Station (ZSZ) information". TheAirDB. Retrieved 4 July 2014.
- Armstrong, Kate; Bainbridge, James; Firestone, Matthew D. (2010). Southern Africa. Lonely Planet. p. 349. ISBN 978-1-74059-545-2.
- Tonchi, Victor L.; Lindeke, William A.; Grotpeter, John J. (31 August 2012). Historical Dictionary of Namibia. Scarecrow Press. p. 413. ISBN 978-0-8108-7990-4.
- Dierks, Klaus. "The Development of the Namibian Railway Network. The Rail History Until the 1990s". www.klausdierks.com. Retrieved 15 November 2012.
- Karlin, Adam (2010). Botswana & Namibia. Lonely Planet. p. 314. ISBN 978-1-74104-922-0.
- Theroux, Paul (2013). The Last Train to Zona Verde: My Ultimate African Safari. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. p. 92. ISBN 0-618-83933-X.
- Ejikeme, Anene (22 July 2011). Culture and Customs of Namibia. ABC-CLIO. p. 85. ISBN 978-0-313-35892-0.