Belair Line

Belair station, 28 September 2012.

Year Opened:

Adelaide–Belair 1883

 

Stations:

Mile End, Adelaide Showground, Goodwood, Millswood, Unley Park, Mitcham, Torrens Park, Lynton, Eden Hills, Coromandel, Blackwood, Glenalta, Pinera, Belair

 

Typical Journey Time:

38 minutes (Adelaide–Belair)

 

Typical Peak Frequency:

18 minutes

 

Typical Off-peak Frequency:

30 minutes

 

Typical Weekend Frequency:

30 minutes

The Belair line extends to the southern suburbs of Adelaide and reaches Belair, located in the Adelaide Hills. Between Adelaide and Adelaide Showground there are four broad gauge tracks used by Adelaide Metro trains, and between Adelaide Showgrounds and Goodwood there are three broad gauge tracks. At Goodwood the Belair and Seaford lines diverge, with two tracks continuing towards Seaford. One track of the previously double track Belair line was converted to standard gauge in 1995 and the line is now single track. Crossing loops are provided at Mitcham and Blackwood stations, as well as between Lynton and Eden Hills, and between Eden Hills and Coromandel. The Belair line has been re-laid with dual gauge sleepers, allowing possible future conversion to standard gauge. The interstate standard gauge line shares the corridor to Belair and then continues to Melbourne. Between Torrens Park and Belair the line traverses an indirect route as it climbs from an altitude of 85 m to 305 m above sea level. A journey by train between these two stations is 12.2 km in length whereas the road distance is 3.3 km.  Services on the line stop at all stations. Scenic views of the Adelaide Plains can be seen from sections of the line. There is a long-term proposal for electrification of the Belair line.