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Man adelaide sst.jpg
Pressed Metal Corporation South Australia bodied MAN SL200 ca. 1997
Government owned corporation overview
Formed4 July 1994
Preceding Government owned corporation
Dissolved31 August 2010
Superseding agency
Employees729 (June 2010)

TransAdelaide was a publicly owned corporation established on 4 July 1994 which provided suburban train, tram and bus services in Adelaide, South Australia, under contract to the Government of South Australia. It took over these responsibilities from the State Transport Authority.

TransAdelaide operated local bus services in Adelaide until 22 April 2000. All metropolitan bus routes have since been transferred to private companies Light-City Buses, SouthLink and Torrens Transit.

TransAdelaide continued to operate rail services under the Adelaide Metro brand. TransAdelaide was abolished on 31 August 2010 with its staff and functions were transferred to the newly created Office of the Rail Commissioner.[1][2]

TransAdelaide operated all suburban railway services in Adelaide on the Belair, Gawler, Grange, Noarlunga Centre, Outer Harbor and Tonsley lines.[3]

After retiring the last of the aging Redhen railcars in 1996, TransAdelaide operated 99 broad-gauge diesel railcars, split into two classes and four types, the diesel-hydraulic 2000/2100 class and the diesel-electric 3000/3100 class.[4] All were maintained by Bombardier Transportation at a central depot adjacent to Adelaide station.

TransAdelaide also operated the Glenelg tram line.

Fleet Table[edit]

 Class  Image  Type   Top speed   Number   Routes operated   Built 
 mph   km/h   Limit 
2000 Jumbos 2000 class 4car gawler.jpg Diesel Multiple Unit 87 140 56 90 11 Gawler, Grange, Noarlunga Centre, Outer Harbor, Tonsley 1980
2100 Jumbos 2kwood.jpg Control Car 87 140 56 90 18 Gawler, Grange, Noarlunga Centre, Outer Harbor, Tonsley 1980
3000 AdelaideRail 1.jpg Diesel-Electric Multiple Unit 87 140 56 90 30 All Routes
Except Glenelg Tramline
3100 AdelaideRail 9.jpg Diesel-Electric Multiple Unit 87 140 56 90 40 All Routes
Except Glenelg Tramline
Bombardier Flexity Classic Adelaide Tram.jpg Tram -- -- 50 80 15 Glenelg 2006
Alstom Citadis CT 202 glenelg, 2012.JPG Tram -- -- -- -- 6 Glenelg 2009

Past fleet[edit]

Double set and single Type H trams at the Moseley Square terminus, Glenelg in May 2005 before the square and tram fleet were upgraded

TransAdelaide inherited some Redhen railcars from the State Transport Authority. The final units were retired in October 1996.

Type H trams were the mainstay of the Glenelg tram line for the 77 years between the line being converted from a steam railway to electrified tramway operation in 1929 and the trams' retirement in 2006. They were replaced by Bombardier Flexity Classic and Alstom Citadis low-floor trams, which now also run on an extension of the line through Adelaide city centre.