Southern Line, Auckland
|Southern Line route map|
From Britomart to Newmarket, Southern Line services use the Newmarket Line, then follow the North Auckland Line to Westfield, and from thence onto the North Island Main Trunk (NIMT) line as far as Pukekohe, the terminus of the Southern Line. In its entirety, this line follows the original 1875 North Island Main Trunk route between central Auckland and Pukekohe.
The line, originally single-tracked, was duplicated, piecemeal, between 1909 and 1939. In 1915, the original single-track Parnell tunnel was bypassed by a twin-track tunnel. The older tunnel can be seen alongside the current one, between Parnell station and Newmarket Junction.
In 1930 the Westfield Deviation opened a new eastern route between Auckland and Westfield via Glen Innes. The route between Auckland and Westfield via Newmarket then ceased to be part of the NIMT. The portion between Newmarket and Westfield then became part of the North Auckland Line (NAL) between Westfield and Whangarei.
The Southern Line suburban services continued to run on the older route. A new line, called the Eastern Line, was introduced for services on the new route. While the Eastern and Southern lines have a different route between Auckland and Westfield, they share the same tracks between Westfield station and Puhinui station.
New stations have been proposed at Walters Road and Drury, and are currently being sought by the Papakura Local Board.
Stations on the line
|Station||Km from Auckland||Height above sea level (m)||Current status|
|Point Britomart||0 km||2.7||Located near current Kings Wharf. Opened 24-12-1873. Closed 29-11-1885|
|Queen Street||0 km||2.7||Located at the current Britomart Transport Centre site, albeit at ground level. Opened 30-11-1885. Closed 16-11-1930.|
|Auckland||0 km||3||Located on Beach Road, Parnell. Opened 17-12-1930. Closed July 2003. Former Platform 7 renamed Strand Railway Station and retained for steam services.|
|Britomart Transport Centre||0 km||4m below sea level||Located beneath the site of the 1885-1930 Queen Street station. Open. New Zealand's second underground station. New Zealand's lowest public point.|
|Parnell||Opened 12-03-2017 located behind the Parnell shops near the old Mainline Steam site on Cheshire St.|
|Newmarket||2.53||53||Open (Four platform junction station).|
|Remuera||4.04||81||Open. Uses 1902-era Troup-designed station and signal box.|
|Ellerslie Racecourse Platform||5.8||50||Closed. Platforms still exist.|
|Westfield||11.27||7.6||Closed March 2017.|
|Tironui||27.56||15.5||Closed 1980. Proposal for new station nearby at Walters Road lodged 2012.|
|Opaheke||31.92||14.5||Known as "Hunua" until 1939. Closed 1955.|
|Drury||34.81||9||Closed 1980. Proposal to re-open lodged 2012.|
- New Zealand Railway and Tramway Atlas (First ed.). Quail Map Co. 1965. pp. 3 & 4.
- "Britomart Transport Interchange, Auckland: Alterations and strengthening of the former Chief Post Office" (PDF). Opus International Consultants. Retrieved 24 January 2013.
- "Westfield Station closing permanently from 12 March 2017". Auckland Transport. 14 March 2017. Retrieved 12 March 2017.