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Port Dock railway line test a roaring success 

The $51 million project to return rail to the heart of Port Adelaide hit a major milestone with the successful travel of the first test train 

A test train to test the line and signalling system of the Adelaide’s new Port Dock railway has been successful ahead of August’s planned opening of the re-established line. 

The train was driven from Woodville Staten and along the Outer Harbour Line before finishing at Port Dock Railway Station. 

The completion of the project will see a 1km spur line connect the new Port Dock Station, plaza and bus interchange at Baker Street to the existing Outer Harbour rail line, along with improved access for pedestrians and cyclists. 

Funding for the project was initially announced in 2022, with the original open date slated for August 25, 2024. 

Metro train driver Brett Watson took charge of the initial test drive, and says the successful test is an important step in the completion of the project. 

“The testing of the signalling system is a vital part of the project, to make sure everything is working as it should or to identify any issues that might need to be rectified,” Watson says. 

“It is great to see the Port Dock railway line project moving closer to completion and I’m proud to have been chosen to drive the first test train along the reconnected line. 

“It was a successful test and I can’t wait to have the opportunity to regularly drive trains to Port Dock railway station once regular services commence.” 

Port Dock Station was initially opened in 1856 but closed in 1981. 

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