Old Reynella?

 
  GeoffreyHansen Minister for Railways

Location: In a FAM sleeper
I recently had to some work near the bus interchange and Old Reynella. I was surprised to learn a couple of days later that there had previously been a railway through Old Reynella.

Was the former railway station on the site of the  bus interchange?

Also why didn't the new Seaford Railway pass through Old Reynella?

Sponsored advertisement

  allan Chief Commissioner

Yes, the train station was on the site of the bus station.

There's lots of previous discussion about the Willunga line on Railpage.

https://www.railpage.com.au/f-t14868.htm
  justapassenger Minister for Railways

There was never a viable railway running through Reynella. It was a blatant vote buying exercise which was closed as soon as the political winds blew strongly enough in the other direction.

There are a number of key reasons that the modern Seaford line does not use the old Willunga line route through Reynella.

a) significant parts of the former corridor have been handed over for other uses.
b) the original line was a tortuously twisty single track, hardly appropriate for modern use.
c) 5.4km build from Noarlunga Centre vs 19km from Hallett Cove.

About 1.3km of the previous rail corridor is used at the very end of the run into Seaford, but without any re-use of the original infrastructure (long gone) in that area and with the new track having a different profile/alignment within the corridor. The same will apply to the first 1.8km of the future Aldinga extension, new track alignment/profile sitting within a former rail corridor.
  4BJ Chief Commissioner

Location: Backside almost trackside at Hawthorn near Mitcham
Yes, the train station was on the site of the bus station.
allan
To the best of my knowledge, that is incorrect.  The site of Reynella Railway Station is located east of the bus interchange.  The only remnant of Reynella is the platform facing of the goods platform.
  allan Chief Commissioner

The bike track is pretty much on the alignment of the "main line", perhaps 100m East of the bus station. The "park and ride" is on the site of the goods yard. The platform is long gone, but the ticket office is still there, if not in its original position.
  steam4ian Chief Commissioner

The bike track is pretty much on the alignment of the "main line", perhaps 100m East of the bus station. The "park and ride" is on the site of the goods yard. The platform is long gone, but the ticket office is still there, if not in its original position.
allan
Allan, I know the area well have lived near there. Where, pray, is the "relocated" ticket office? AFAIK both the ticket office and the platform waiting room buildings were demolished long before the last train ran>
There are two former railway buildings on Reynell Road; a duplex which was gangers' accommodation and the station masters house.
  allan Chief Commissioner

The bike track is pretty much on the alignment of the "main line", perhaps 100m East of the bus station. The "park and ride" is on the site of the goods yard. The platform is long gone, but the ticket office is still there, if not in its original position.
Allan, I know the area well have lived near there. Where, pray, is the "relocated" ticket office? AFAIK both the ticket office and the platform waiting room buildings were demolished long before the last train ran>
There are two former railway buildings on Reynell Road; a duplex which was gangers' accommodation and the station masters house.
steam4ian
It's in the back yard of one of the cottages, and has been used as a shed for many years!
  Aaron The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: University of Adelaide SA
I just had cause to drive down Reynell Road, pretty sure the station master’s house is number 6 and the ticket office in the back of number 4.
  GeoffreyHansen Minister for Railways

Location: In a FAM sleeper
Do any recent photos exist of the ticket office or platform facing?

Also would the station have been close to the On the Run BP service station?
  allan Chief Commissioner

The ticket office was clad in corrugated iron, many years ago, possibly at the time that it was moved.

I think that the "surviving" platform facing was at Morphett Vale station, not Reynella, and that it was levelled around five years ago.

The Reynella station was over the road from the servo, and a few hundred metres North-East.
  62440 Chief Commissioner

The alignment has been lost where it is cut by the freeway. The old trackbed is now a walk/ bike path. It was looked at but a new link from Tonsley via Aberfoyle Park and Happy Valley. It won't take much research to see why that didn't happen. The line was single track and carving a double track electric railway through the area would not have been popular. The bridge over the Onka river is still in use as a bike path.

Sponsored advertisement

Display from:   

Quick Reply

We've disabled Quick Reply for this thread as it was last updated more than six months ago.