Alice Springs railway station

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Alice Springs
The Ghan, Alice Springs, 2015 (09).JPG
Station in July 2015
LocationGeorge Crescent, Alice Springs
Australia
Coordinates23°41′50.7″S 133°52′24.2″E / 23.697417°S 133.873389°E / -23.697417; 133.873389Coordinates: 23°41′50.7″S 133°52′24.2″E / 23.697417°S 133.873389°E / -23.697417; 133.873389
Owned byJourney Beyond
Operated byJourney Beyond
Line(s)Adelaide-Darwin railway
Distance1,546 kilometres from Adelaide
Platforms1
Construction
Structure typeGround
Other information
StatusStaffed
History
Opened9 October 1980
Services
Preceding station Journey Beyond Following station
Katherine
towards Darwin
The Ghan Coober Pedy
towards Adelaide
Marla
One-way operation

Alice Springs railway station is located on the Adelaide–Darwin railway in Alice Springs.[1]

History[edit]

The original Alice Springs station opened in Railway Terrace in 1929, when the Central Australia Railway opened. A freight yard was located on what is now Murray Neck's shopping complex.

The present station opened on 9 October 1980 when a new line opened from Tarcoola.[2] The station was included in the sale of Australian National's passenger operations to Great Southern Rail on 1 November 1997.[3] It served as the terminus of the line until it was extended to Darwin in February 2004.

Station features[edit]

In the foyer of the current station is a memorial, by sculptor Gabriel Stark, this memorial is in memory of the Afghan camel trains that transported supplies to Central Australia before the arrival of the train.[4]

Services[edit]

Alice Springs station is served by The Ghan which operates weekly in each direction with some exceptions.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Alice Springs map Archived 2015-04-02 at the Wayback Machine SA Track & Signal
  2. ^ Fourth Council 1980-1984 Alice Springs Town Council
  3. ^ "Goodbye AN Passenger, Hello Great Southern Railway" Railway Digest December 1997 page 7
  4. ^ The Ghan Memorial Monument Australia
  5. ^ The Ghan Timetable 2019-2020 Journey Beyond

External links[edit]

Media related to Alice Springs Railway Station at Wikimedia Commons