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Railcar Depot Relocation

The former Adelaide railcar depot has been relocated to Dry Creek to make way for the new Royal Adelaide Hospital. The relocation of the Adelaide Railcar Depot provides the opportunity to establish improved and purpose-built railcar facilities to support the $2.6 billion investment in Adelaide’s public transport system.

The new Dry Creek Railcar Depot began operation on Sunday 6 February 2011. All railcar service, maintenance, cleaning and refuelling now occurs at the Dry Creek facility along with stabling the majority of the fleet. The depot has been designed to enable its conversion to accommodate the electrification of the network and procurement of new electric rollingstock. 

The relocated depot at Dry Creek includes:

  • a state of the art railcar maintenance building, providing five individual tracks with pit and overhead access, plus a train lift capable of lifting a full three railcar set
  • cleaning facilities, including an automatic train wash, underfloor and roof cleaning facility and purpose built platforms for regular internal cleaning
  • a purpose designed operations facility
  • stabling sidings for up to 70 railcars.


The decision to establish the main depot on land near the Dry Creek train station was made after a thorough planning process. The 10 hectare site is bounded by the Adelaide to Gawler main line to the northwest, Churchill Road North and Railway Terrace to the south east and Stock Road to the north. The main access point to the new depot is via Dean Harvey Drive.

This site was identified as the new depot after assessment of various factors including:

  • impact on rail operations
  • land use and site suitability
  • minimising environmental and community impacts. 

Ecologically Sustainable Design

An important aspect of the the new facility at Dry Creek is the ecologically sustainable design. Design features proposed include:

  • use of the City of Salisbury’s recycled water program (aquifer storage and recovery of stormwater) to provide much of the site’s water requirements, including train washing activities.
  • design to the most up-to-date standards in trade waste management, fuel storage and energy use
  • a native landscape scheme to complement the site.  

Completed depot