Usually the train moves but with Park Station it’s been the building that moves

Park Station then:

Park Station in the late 19th Century (Source: 'Johannesburg 100 Years' p 92)

Park Station in the late 19th Century (Source: ‘Johannesburg 100 Years’ p 92)


and now …

Currently seen opposite Brickfields in Newtown and just south-west of Mandela Bridge

Currently seen opposite Brickfields in Newtown and just south-west of Mandela Bridge

History of Park Station

Johannesburg’s first railway station , commissioned by the Zuid Afrikaansche Republiek and designed by the Dutch architect Jacob Klinkhamer, was  manufactured in Rotterdam in 1895.  It was brought out to the Transvaal and was re-erected at Park Halt (as Park Station was known at the time) between 1896 and 1897. Park Station was officially renamed the Johannesburg Station in 1913 but is still often referred to as Park Station.


‘New station’ built in 1930

Johannesburg Station designed by Gordon Leith

Johannesburg Station designed by Gordon Leith


A new station building was constructed in 1930 with Gordon Leith as the architect.   Post-war,  a major  new revamp of the station precinct began with new buildings designed by Kallenbach’s old firm: Kennedy, Furner, Irvine-Smith and Joubert.  The development took over nearly 2 decades to complete (1948- 1965).





It seems that it was in 1952 that the old Park station was dismantled and rebuilt in Esselen Park in Pretoria as a training centre.  It was moved back to the Transnet site in Newtown in the  early 2000s and although there were plans for it to house a railway museum, sadly nothing has transpired.


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  1. Posted July 4, 2013 at 4:21 am | Permalink

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  2. Kerry browne
    Posted January 24, 2015 at 1:58 am | Permalink

    My grandfather went from Australia to Johannesburg in late 1890s reportedly to help build the Johannesburg railway station. He returned to Australia then went back again from 1903-1905. I have a couple of photos but not of the station therefore I was happy to find these photos.

  3. Posted March 15, 2015 at 8:15 am | Permalink

    HI Kerry
    Sorry about late reply to your comment but I was away for a while. How fascinating to have the South African connection and I would love to see the photos that you have, if you can find them! It would be so interesting. THanks Liz

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