According to our reader, Mark Levin, who sourced the photographs and information, Railway Street was appropriately named because the first railway was a line running from the centre of Durban by St Paul’s Church to the Point. Opened in 1860, rail transport grew rapidly over the next 25 years.
The first photo, taken in 1897, shows the new station and offices for the Natal Government Railways being erected alongside the old platform building.
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The second, taken about two years later, shows the newly completed station in its original two-storey form. Designed by William Street Wilson, it was raised to four storeys in 1904. Levin took the picture of the current site this week.
In 1937, Railway Street was renamed Soldier’s Way in memory of those regiments which marched to war via Railway Street.