All aboard! Here’s a property that will have you doing the locomotion
Train enthusiasts are on track to get their hands on a unique piece of South Australian rail history.
Built in 1860 and frequented by the likes of Prince Albert, Mary MacKillop and Sydney Kidman, Kapunda Railway Station is a treasure that will have you doing the locomotion — and not only because it could be yours for just $495,000 to $525,000.
The historic property is being offered to the market for the first time in 25 years, during which time it’s served as a converted family home and, more recently, as a bed and breakfast.
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Vendors Colin and Ann Yates said the decision to sell had been made with a heavy heart – having originally been drawn to the property for its historic significance and sheer size.
“We bought the property because we had a large family and needed the room. But once they disappeared, we converted it into a successful bed and breakfast, but closed that up after we retired a few years ago,” Mr Yates said.
“It was a good lifestyle and essentially made the property pay for us. So the next person could carry on, if they wanted to.”
Set across 0.49ha, the property currently consists of six bedrooms, two bathrooms, multiple living areas, an underground cellar, and the original railway platform and tracks.
The sale will also include any historical items collected and preserved by the vendors, including photographs and antique track tools.
The Kapunda railway line was declared open on August 13, 1860 by the South Australian Governor, Richard Graves McDonnell and became an important railhead for goods from the north and mid-north of the state.
The last passenger train to Robertstown passed through Kapunda on May 20, 1989, but the Kapunda line still saw notable traffic up until 1996, when it was sold to Genessee Wyoming Australia under a 50 year contract.
“There’s heaps of history here that people don’t know about,” Mr Yates said.
“For example, it was believed to be the last horse shunting station in Australia and the remains of Wills and Burke – the famous explorers – were brought here after they were found, to be transported back by train to Victoria.
“Prince Alfred was also at the station in 1887, Sydney Kidman passed through a lot, as did Mary MacKillop who had a reformery in Kapunda.
“So it really is a property with a rich past and needs the right person willing to preserve its history, partially because it’s national and state heritage listed.”
The property, at Lot 4 Railway Parade, is for sale through Marx Real Estate Angaston.