Adelaide, South Australia



Adelaide is the State Capital of South Australia, the 4th largest Australian State by population. The city is serviced by an extensive bus network including the North-East Busway (O-Bahn Guided Busway), an aging fleet of Interurban style Trams operating between Victoria Square and Glenelg Beach, and what must be one of the worst suburban rail systems in the developed world. In my opinion it is second only to Auckland as the worst system I have traveled on. Still operated by diesel railcars at a time when most railsystems have gone electric or at least to high-speed push-pull diesel sets. Adelaide has neither of these with poor track alignment and condition meaning trains can only operate at maximum speeds of around 70kph on most parts of the system. Stations are also in a decrepit state and do nothing to invite the travelling public. Adelaide's suburban rail network, like Melbourne, operates on the 1600mm (5'3") broad gauge.

Nevertheless, for the enthusiast Adelaide is still worth a look, and here are some pictures showing the last days of the Red Hens in 1995. For information on Adelaide Transport visit the TransAdelaide web page.

Photo Gallery

Trains


Red Hen 334 departing Adelaide Railway Station for the yard.
27/06/1995

Red Hen 428 in Adelaide Station Yard.
27/06/1995

Railcar 2103 in a typical 3 car 2000 set (Trailer+Power+Trailer) departing Adelaide Station.
27/06/1995

2000 & 3000 Railcars at the approach to Adelaide Station.
27/06/1995.

3020 in the centre platform road of Brighton Stn.
28/06/1995.

Adelaide Stn bound 3017 & 3012 pass Keswick.
29/06/1995.

Gawler bound 3100 class railcars approach Salisbury.
27/06/1995.

Red Hen 334 & 3000 class 3109 waiting to depart Adelaide Stn for the yard to stable.
27/06/1995

Lone car 3002 waiting for departure from Belair Stn.
28/06/1995


Buses


Volvo B58 Hills Type on North Terrace Adelaide.
28/06/1995

Volvo B59 1031, King William St Adelaide.
28/06/1995

Volvo B59 1184, Victoria Square Adelaide.
27/06/1995

Volvo B58 1449, Victoria Square Adelaide.
27/06/1995

MAN SL200 1824, Victoria Square Adelaide.
27/06/1995
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Two MAN SL200's at Victoria Square Adelaide.
27/06/1995

MAN 1825 & Volvo Artic 1365 at Victoria Square.
27/06/1995

MAN SG280H 1962 at Victoria Sq, Adelaide.
27/05/1995

Mercedez-Benz O 305h O-Bahn Bus approaching Modbury Terminus Adelaide.
28/06/1995.


Trams


H 373 at Moseley Square, Glenelg.
Sep 1988

H 351 at Victoria Square, Adelaide.
30/06/1995

H 370 & another at Victoria Square Adelaide.
30/06/1995

H 374 on King William Street Adelaide.
30/06/1995

H 376 & 380 at Moseley Square Terminus Glenelg.
30/06/1995


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