Cape Town railway station

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Cape Town railway station is the main railway station of the city of Cape Town, South Africa. It is located along Adderley and Strand Streets in the city's central business district.

Cape Town
Railway station
Cape Town station 2018.jpg
Cape Town Station in 2018
LocationAdderley Street, Cape Town, 8000
South Africa
Coordinates33°55′20″S 18°25′35″E / 33.92222°S 18.42639°E / -33.92222; 18.42639Coordinates: 33°55′20″S 18°25′35″E / 33.92222°S 18.42639°E / -33.92222; 18.42639
Owned byPRASA
Line(s)Metrorail: Shosholoza Meyl: Premier Classe:
Platforms24 terminus platforms
Tracks24
ConnectionsMyCiTi BRT
Golden Arrow Bus Services
Minibus taxis
Construction
Structure typeAt-grade
History
Opened1863
Rebuilt1961
Location
Cape Town is located in Cape Town
Cape Town
Cape Town
Location in Cape Town
Cape Town is located in South Africa
Cape Town
Cape Town
Location in South Africa
The terminal of Cape Town station in 2006, before upgrading
Blackie, the first locomotive in South Africa, previously displayed at Cape Town Railway Station, now awaiting relocation to a new railway museum to be erected near the station

LinesEdit

Metrorail linesEdit

Cape Town station is the hub of the Metrorail Western Cape commuter rail network, which is operated by the Metrorail division of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA). The network consists of four lines, all of which originate from Cape Town: the Southern Line via the Southern Suburbs to Simon's Town; the Cape Flats Line via Athlone to Retreat; the Central Line via Langa to Mitchell's Plain, Khayelitsha and Bellville; and the Northern Line via Bellville to Paarl, Stellenbosch and Somerset West.

Shosholoza MeylEdit

Shosholoza Meyl, the inter-city rail division of PRASA, operates several long-distance passenger rail services from Cape Town: a daily service to and from Johannesburg via Kimberley; a weekly service to and from Durban via Kimberley, Bloemfontein and Pietermaritzburg; and a weekly service to and from East London. These trains terminate at Cape Town station, as well as making a brief stop at Bellville.

Shosholoza Meyl also operates a semi-luxury Premier Classe service from Cape Town: weekly trains to and from Johannesburg via Kimberley.[1]

OtherEdit

Cape Town Railway Station is also used by the luxury tourist-oriented Blue Train and the private train holiday company Rovos Rail.

ServicesEdit

Preceding station Metrorail Western Cape Following station
Terminus Northern Line
services via Monte Vista
Esplanade
towards Bellville
Central Line
services via Mutual
Esplanade
Northern Line
services via Mutual
Woodstock
Central Line
services via Pinelands
Woodstock
Cape Flats Line Woodstock
towards Retreat
Southern Line Woodstock
towards Simon's Town
Preceding station Shosholoza Meyl Following station
Bellville
towards Johannesburg
Johannesburg–Cape Town Terminus
Terminus Cape Town–East London Bellville
towards East London
Preceding station Premier Classe Following station
Worcester
towards Johannesburg
Johannesburg–Cape Town Terminus

History and aterationsEdit

The first structureEdit

 
Cape Town's first railway station, circa 1870

The first railway station in Cape Town was a rudimentary wooden structure built in 1861, and was located near the current Golden Acre shopping centre. Cape Town's railways were in their infancy and the early station was small and simple.[2]

The Victorian buildingEdit

 
Cape Town's second station, circa 1900

In 1875 Cape Prime Minister John Molteno began construction of a massive stone complex to serve as the central station to the rapidly-expanding railway network being built. The site chosen was near the bottom of Adderley Street (where its successor still stands).

It was large enough to contain the increasing number of train platforms and the headquarters of the recently formed Cape Government Railways, but additional enlargements were nonetheless added over the coming years.[3][4]

The current stationEdit

Nearly a hundred years later in the 1960s, the historic stone Victorian building was demolished by the Apartheid government to make way for a modern building that would allow for the racial segregation of all commuters.[5]

The current station complex is the result of alterations due to the preparations for the 2010 Soccer World Cup. Like its predecessor it covers between 25 and 35 city blocks. The renovations are a joint initiative between PRASA-Metrorail and Intersite, the property management company. The immediate emphasis was on improving the look and feel as well as commuter comfort, with better access, information, safety and security ahead of the 2010 soccer World Cup.[6][7]

Notable places nearbyEdit

Cape Town railway station is the only one in the City Bowl, so it is the nearest station to all the places of interest in central Cape Town. In the immediate vicinity of the station can be found:

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://www.premierclasse.co.za/routes.html[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ Kleingeld, Christo (2003). A South African Railway History. Accessed 14 December 2009.
  3. ^ unknown. "History of Stations on the Cape Town to Simonstown line | Atlantic Rail Heritage Steam Train Cape Town". www.atlanticrail.co.za. Archived from the original on 2017-12-19. Retrieved 2017-09-01.
  4. ^ Burman, Jose (1984), Early Railways at the Cape, Cape Town: Human & Rousseau, ISBN 0-7981-1760-5
  5. ^ http://www.xchange.org.za/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=13&Itemid=33[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ Thomaz, Carla. "Station gets R418-million facelift ahead of 2010". Engineering News. Retrieved 2017-09-01.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-03-11. Retrieved 2012-03-02.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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