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NZASM Rand Tram Railway Station
Elandsfontein, Gauteng

NZASM: Nederlandsche Zuid-Afrikaansche Spoorweg-Maatschappij: Architect
JJ VISSERS: Contractor
Type:Railway Station

When the first brick station building of the Rand Tram was erected at Elandsfontein during 1892 the railway line gained stature. The contractor for this building was JJ VISSERS. It was a fairly simple, rectangular structure of red brick, of a design used for the station buildings of the NZASM's so-called island platforms, where the tracks ran on both sides of the platform. The Elandsfontein station building consisted of two separate structures joined together by a common low-pitched roof without gables. The one structure contained an entrance hall, office, storeroom and waiting-room, while the other housed a restaurant and kitchen. The whole design and execution of the building was very similar to the station buildings at Volksrust, Kaapmuiden and Vereeniging, where island platforms were also constructed. Because of the constant enlargement and improvement of Germiston as a station of considerable importance, the old Elandsfontein station building was eventually demolished.

[Extracted and transliterated from De Jong et al, 1988: 91.]

All truncated references not fully cited below are those of Joanna Walker's original text and cited in full in the 'Bibliography' entry of the Lexicon.

Writings about this entry

Bakker, Karel A, Clarke, Nicholas J & Fisher, Roger C. 2014. Eclectic ZA Wilhelmiens : A shared Dutch built heritage in South Africa. Pretoria: Visual Books. pg 126
De Jong, RC, Van der Waal, GM & Heydenrych, DH. 1988. NZASM 100 : 1887-1899, the buildings, steam engines and structures of the Netherlands South African Railway Company. Pretoria: C. Van Rensburg Publications on behalf of the Human Sciences Research Council. pg 91, 131, 188, 217