Khandallah Railway Station

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Khandallah
Metlink commuter rail
Khandallah railway station 03.JPG
Station statistics
Address Station Road, Khandallah, Wellington, New Zealand
Coordinates 41°14′34.05″S 174°47′35.94″E / 41.2427917°S 174.7933167°E / -41.2427917; 174.7933167
Line(s) Johnsonville Line
Connections Bus services
Platforms Dual side
Tracks Main line (1)
Crossing loop (1)
Parking 8 spaces
Bicycle facilities No
Baggage check No
Other information
Opened 21 September 1885
Rebuilt 1967, c2010
Electrified 2 July 1938
Owned by Greater Wellington Regional Council
Fare zone 3[1]
Services
  ONTRACK  
Preceding station   Tranz Metro   Following station
toward Johnsonville
Johnsonville Line
toward Wellington
From the station platform, looking south.

Khandallah railway station is one of eight stations on the Johnsonville Line, a commuter branch railway north of Wellington in New Zealand’s North Island. The station was erected and operated by the Wellington and Manawatu Railway Company (WMR) on their line from Wellington to Longburn. From the acquisition of the WMR by the New Zealand Railways Department in 1908 until the opening of the Tawa Flat deviation in 1937, the station was on the North Island Main Trunk Railway.

Electric multiple unit trains are operated by Tranz Metro under the Metlink brand through this station in both directions to Johnsonville (to the north) and Wellington (to the south).

History[edit]

Khandallah was one of three stations constructed by the Wellington and Manawatu Railway Company on what is now known as the Johnsonville Branch.[2] It was opened on 21 September 1885 along with the first section of the company’s line between Wellington and Paramata.[3] Timetabled services began several days later on the 24th.

As originally constructed by the WMR, the "flag" station had a single side platform, a small wooden passenger shelter, and a crossing loop. Later, after the government assumed control of the line, the station had a signal box built at the north end of the platform, a second loop and a back shunt. By 1947, there was only one loop and the second platform had been installed with its own passenger shelter. The back shunt and signal box were removed more recently, possibly when the WMR station building was replaced in 1967.

Operation[edit]

Up trains use the loop at this station, with Down trains remaining on the main line. Safety sidings are located at the northern and southern ends of the loop for Up and Down trains (respectively). Colour light signals are also located at both ends of the platforms.

Services[edit]

Station car park.

Trains run in both directions through this station, departing at half-hourly intervals, supplemented by a 13/13/26 schedule at peak times on week days.

The following Metlink bus routes connect with this station:

  • 46: Broadmeadows – Wellington

Facilities[edit]

This station has dual side platforms with a passenger shelter on each. There is a small station car park (9 parks) off Station Road, behind the Up train platform. The original station and signalbox buildings were on the Down platform.

Pedestrian access to the station is from the north ends of the Up and Down platforms to Station Road, which is also gives access between the platforms via a level crossing with automatic half-arm barriers. There is also pedestrian access from the south end of the Down platform via a zig-zag path to the junction of Cashmere Avenue and Agra Crescent. There is a pedestrian path from the north side of the crossing to the bottom of the Burma Road hill and a pedestrian rail crossing with bells between Burma Road and Poona Street.

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ "Text description of fare zone boundaries". Retrieved 1 January 2008. 
  2. ^ Hoy, Douglas G. (1970). "The Second Railway". Rails Out Of The Capital. Wellington: The New Zealand Railway and Locomotive Society. p. 22. As well as Johnsonville two other stations were erected on this section, the first at Crofton, now called Ngaio, and at Khandallah. 
  3. ^ "The Second Railway". Rails Out Of The Capital. p. 23. ... to Paramata, at which point the line was opened on September 21st, 1885. 

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