Solway Railway Station

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Metlink regional rail
Solway railway station 04.JPG
Historic station shelter
Location Ngaumutawa Road, Solway, Masterton, New Zealand
Coordinates 40°57′11.94″S 175°37′30.72″E / 40.9533167°S 175.6252000°E / -40.9533167; 175.6252000
Elevation 124 metres (407 ft)
Owned by Greater Wellington Regional Council
Line(s) Wairarapa Line
Distance 88.09 kilometres (54.74 mi) from Wellington
Platforms Single side
Tracks main line
Train operators Tranz Metro
Structure type at-grade
Parking Yes
Bicycle facilities No
Architectural style Vogel class 6
Other information
Station code SOLW
Fare zone 14[1]
Opened 1 November 1880
Closed 13 October 1986 (freight)
Rebuilt 2007
Previous names Kurupuni, Purakau
Preceding station   Tranz Metro   Following station
toward Masterton
Wairarapa Connection
toward Wellington

Solway railway station is a suburban railway station serving Solway and the southern end of Masterton, New Zealand. The station is located on the Wairarapa Line, 88.1 km (54.7 mi) north of Wellington and 2.9 km (1.8 mi) south of Masterton. The Wairarapa Connection serves the station several times daily with services to Wellington and Masterton. The station has a single track served by a four-car platform on the Ngaumutawa Road side.

Solway railway station.

As part of the Wairarapa station upgrade programme to prepare stations for the SW-class passenger carriages, this station was upgraded between 14 May 2007 and late August 2007.[2][3]


When the station was opened along with the line to Masterton on 1 November 1880 it had only a shelter and platform. It was originally named Kurupuni and was located south of Masterton. Later, the station was briefly known as Purakau between 1908 and 1912 when it was renamed Solway.[4] The station was never regarded as being of any great importance but did also handle freight until 1986 with customers including the Wairarapa Electric Power Board and a fertiliser company.

Station car park.

A new car park was built at the station in 2001 by the Masterton District Council as part of a regional programme to "Enhance and expand urban public passenger transport facilities and services".[5][6]

In 2006 it was proposed that the historic Class 6 station shelter shed at Solway be removed to a fenced yard at Carterton Station to make way for a new shelter and the platform improvements. After concern was expressed by local residents the plan was rescinded.[7]


  1. ^ Metlink. "Text description of fare zone boundaries". Greater Wellington Regional Council. Archived from the original on 18 December 2007. Retrieved 27 November 2007. 
  2. ^ Radley, Matt (14 May 2007). "New Metlink Wairarapa train and Wairarapa station improvements". Greater Wellington Regional Council. Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 29 October 2007. 
  3. ^ MOIR, JO (13 June 2007). "Station upgrades on schedule". Wairarapa Times-Age. Retrieved 29 October 2007. 
  4. ^ 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. 
  5. ^ Grace, Kevin (30 July 2001). "Current Status of Passenger Transport Infrastructure Projects" (PDF). Passenger Transport Committee. Greater Wellington Regional Council. Retrieved 29 October 2007. 
  6. ^ Brennand, Anthony (10 March 1999). "New Items on the Passenger Transport Infrastructure Priority Lists". Passenger Transport Committee. Greater Wellington. Retrieved 29 October 2007. 
  7. ^ MOIR, JO (13 March 2007). "Solway station to stay where it is". Wairarapa Times-Age. Retrieved 29 October 2007. 

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