Greytown railway station
This article relies largely or entirely on a single source. (January 2015)
|New Zealand Government Railways Department regional rail|
Greytown station yard. The station building and platform were to the left, where the large trees are.
|Location||230 West Street, Greytown|
|Owned by||Railways Department|
|Tracks||1 branch line, 2 loops|
|Opened||14 May 1880|
|Closed||24 December 1953, on closure of the Greytown Branch line|
In 1878, Parliament authorised the construction of the Greytown Branch, and the following year, after the completion of a survey, plans were drawn up and tenders called. The contract for the construction of the Greytown station building, goods shed and locomotive shed was let to Ebenezer Gray for £1183. Construction was completed on time.
The opening of the line on 14 May 1880 was to have been a grand affair, with a parade led by a brass band, followed by local charitable societies, school children and the general public. These festivities were to have been followed by sporting events including teams from Wellington and Greytown. Foul weather on the day meant that much of what had been planned was cancelled, and the first train from Wellington brought with it few visitors.
Until the opening to Masterton on 1 November 1880, Greytown was the effective northern terminus of the Wairarapa Line. The Greytown to Woodside section then became a branch railway.
With the closure of the Greytown Branch in 1953, the locomotive shed was demolished and the station building was relocated by train to Woodside to serve as a goods shed, where it remains. The station's goods shed survives on its original site. Though there have been proposals to move it to the railway heritage precinct at Carterton railway station, it was restored in 2015 to a condition reminiscent of its appearance in commercial service.
The station yard is at the southern end of West Street in Greytown, and is noticeable by the large hump in the road as you pass the goods shed. A road transport company and row of large trees now occupy much of the yard and where the station building used to be.
|Stations on the Greytown Branch||Succeeded by|
- Cameron, Walter Norman (1976). A Line Of Railway: The Railway Conquest of the Rimutakas. Wellington: New Zealand Railway and Locomotive Society. ISBN 0-908573-00-6.
- Farmer, Don (25 November 2015). "Shed gains new look after it's restored". Wairarapa Times-Age. Masterton: NZME. Publishing. Retrieved 3 December 2015.
- Greytown Railway Station photograph from Alexander Turnbull Library.
- Greytown Railway Station, a photo of a train at the Greytown station platform.
- Greytown Railway Station, a photo of the Greytown station building and platform.
- Steam train at Greytown Railway Station, a photo of a train at the Greytown station platform with crew and other Railways staff.
- Tank locomotive WF 398 at Greytown Station, a photo showing the Greytown station yard.