Windhoek railway station

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Windhoek
TransNamib
Bahnhof Windhoek.jpg
Front view of the station building
LocationBahnhof Street, Windhoek, Namibia
Coordinates22°33′34″S 17°04′52″E / 22.5594°S 17.081°E / -22.5594; 17.081Coordinates: 22°33′34″S 17°04′52″E / 22.5594°S 17.081°E / -22.5594; 17.081
Line(s)Windhoek-Gobabis
Windhoek-Nakop
Windhoek-Kranzberg
Platforms2 (at-grade)
Tracks3
Construction
Structure typeAt-grade
Platform levels1
Parkingyes
Disabled accessYes
History
Opened1912
Electrifiedno

Windhoek railway station (German: Bahnhof Windhuk) is a railway station serving the city of Windhoek, the capital of Namibia. It is an important station in the Namibian rail network, and it is run by TransNamib.

History[edit]

The first railway line to reach Windhoek was the one from Swakopmund, built between 1897-1902 during Imperial Germany's colonial rule of German South West Africa. In 1914 this line was extended to Walvis Bay. The southern line from Lüderitz (built 1906) was connected via Keetmanshoop to Windhoek in 1912. In 1930 the eastern line to Gobabis was built.[1]

Building[edit]

The station was built in a Cape Dutch-style and is located on Bahnhof St. An additional northern wing was constructed by South African Railways in 1929 to match the existing style of the building.

The station also houses the small Trans-Namib Transport Museum which outlines Namibian transport history, particularly that of the railway. Opened on July 1st 1993, the exhibition consists of a wide range of railway equipment, maps and related items which date back to German colonial times. Another part of the exhibition is dedicated to Namibian Airways history and Namibian Maritime history. You can also see the crockery and cutlery used in the dining cars of South African Railways in Namibia along with telecommunication and electrical equipment. [2]

Across from the entrance stands the German locomotive Poor Ole Joe, one half of a South West African Zwillinge No 154A, the sole surviving specimen of this type of steam locomotive. It was originally shipped to Swakopmund in 1899 and reassembled for the run to Windhoek[3]

Services[edit]

Windhoek is connected to a number of towns in the north of Namibia via the railway junction in Kranzberg, which lies on the Windhoek-Swakopmund-Walvis Bay route.[1]

Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Dierks, Klaus. "The Development of the Namibian Railway Network. The Rail History Until the 1990s". www.klausdierks.com. Retrieved 6 November 2012.
  2. ^ http://www.namibweb.com/railmuseum.htm
  3. ^ Paxton, Leith; Bourne, David (1985). Locomotives of the South African Railways (1st ed.). Cape Town: Struik. p. 117, 121. ISBN 0869772112.

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