Runciman railway station

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Runciman railway station
Location New Zealand
Line(s) North Island Main Trunk
History
Opened 28 July 1879
Closed 8 December 1918[1]

Runciman railway station was a station on the North Island Main Trunk in New Zealand,[2][3] serving an area which had been sold by James Runciman in 1864, with plots near the proposed railway gaining higher prices.[4] It was initially planned that the terminal of the Auckland and Drury Railway would be north-east of the settlement,[5] but a longstanding offer of Runciman's land was still open in 1864 and it was built there instead.[6]

There was debate about the location of the station as early as 1874.[7] Although the line was complete by late 1873,[8] the first passenger train didn't run until 7 October 1874[9] and complaint continued about delays in opening the line.[10] Possibly the delay was due to threats to blockade the line to force trains to stop at Runciman.[11] Drury became a crossing point for trains on the official opening to Mercer on 20 May 1875.[12] It seems Drury station was known as Runciman,[13] though the name didn't become official until July 1879.[14] The disputes over location seem to have continued throughout the station's existence.[15] By 1895 it had cattle loading facilities.[16] The name was briefly changed to Oira in 1909.[17]

Until 1917 Runciman station was next to a level crossing on the Great South Rd. Work then began to replace the crossing with a bridge, ease the gradient and build a new Drury station between Runciman and Drury,[18] despite a protest petition[19] about the move a few chains away.[20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Juliet Scoble: Names & Opening & Closing Dates of Railway Stations in New Zealand
  2. ^ New Zealand Railway and Tramway Atlas (First ed.). Quail Map Co. 1965. pp. 3 & 4. 
  3. ^ Pierre, Bill (1981). North Island Main Trunk. Wellington: A.H&A.W Reed. pp. 289–290. ISBN 0589013165. 
  4. ^ "SALE OF THE TOWNSHIP OF DRURY. (Daily Southern Cross, 1864-03-31)". paperspast.natlib.govt.nz. National Library of New Zealand. Retrieved 2016-10-15. 
  5. ^ "Auckland and Drury Railway Act 1863 (Local) (27 Victoriae 1863 No 2)". www.nzlii.org. Retrieved 2016-10-15. 
  6. ^ "DRURY. (New Zealander, 1864-08-23)". paperspast.natlib.govt.nz. National Library of New Zealand. Retrieved 2016-10-15. 
  7. ^ "RAILWAY STATION AT DRURY (Daily Southern Cross, 1874-08-03)". paperspast.natlib.govt.nz. National Library of New Zealand. Retrieved 2016-10-15. 
  8. ^ "RAILWAY MISMANAGEMENT. (Waikato Times, 1874-01-22)". paperspast.natlib.govt.nz. National Library of New Zealand. Retrieved 2016-10-15. 
  9. ^ "OPENING OF THE RAILWAY TO DRURY. (Daily Southern Cross, 1874-10-07)". paperspast.natlib.govt.nz. National Library of New Zealand. Retrieved 2016-10-15. 
  10. ^ "THE AUCKLAND AND WAIKATO RAILWAY (Waikato Times, 1874-10-15)". paperspast.natlib.govt.nz. National Library of New Zealand. Retrieved 2016-10-15. 
  11. ^ "DRURY STATION. (Auckland Star, 1874-10-08)". paperspast.natlib.govt.nz. National Library of New Zealand. Retrieved 2016-10-15. 
  12. ^ "OPENING OF THE Auckland and Mercer Railway FOR TRAFFIC. (Auckland Star, 1875-05-20)". paperspast.natlib.govt.nz. National Library of New Zealand. Retrieved 2016-10-15. 
  13. ^ "RAILWAY STATION AT RUNCIMAN'S PADDOCK. (New Zealand Herald, 1879-08-14)". paperspast.natlib.govt.nz. National Library of New Zealand. Retrieved 2016-10-15. 
  14. ^ "Waikato Times (Waikato Times, 1879-07-26)". paperspast.natlib.govt.nz. National Library of New Zealand. Retrieved 2016-10-15. 
  15. ^ "SUGGESTED GOODS SHED AT THE RUNCIMAN STATION. (New Zealand Herald, 1885-10-23)". paperspast.natlib.govt.nz. National Library of New Zealand. Retrieved 2016-10-15. 
  16. ^ "RAILWAY FATALITY. (Auckland Star, 1895-02-04)". paperspast.natlib.govt.nz. National Library of New Zealand. Retrieved 2016-10-15. 
  17. ^ "LOCAL AND GENERAL NEWS. (New Zealand Herald, 1909-02-01)". paperspast.natlib.govt.nz. National Library of New Zealand. Retrieved 2016-10-15. 
  18. ^ "LOCAL AND GENERAL. (Pukekohe & Waiuku Times, 1917-07-24)". paperspast.natlib.govt.nz. National Library of New Zealand. Retrieved 2016-10-15. 
  19. ^ "RUNCIMAN RAILWAY STATION. (Auckland Star, 1913-05-09)". paperspast.natlib.govt.nz. National Library of New Zealand. Retrieved 2016-10-15. 
  20. ^ "RUNCIMAN. (Pukekohe & Waiuku Times, 1916-06-16)". paperspast.natlib.govt.nz. National Library of New Zealand. Retrieved 2016-10-15. 


Preceding station National Rail Historical railways Following station
Drury
Line open, station open
  North Island Main Trunk
New Zealand Railways Department
  Paerata
Line open, station closed