Westfield Railway Station

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Westfield
Auckland Transport Urban rail
ADK class DMU at Westfield Train Station, Auckland, NZ.jpg
Westfield Train Station
Location Westfield, New Zealand
Coordinates 36°56.3′S 174°49.9′E / 36.9383°S 174.8317°E / -36.9383; 174.8317
Owned by Auckland Transport
Line(s) Eastern Line
Southern Line
Platforms Island platform
Tracks Mainline (2)
Construction
Platform levels 1
Parking No
Bicycle facilities No
Other information
Station code WSF
History
Opened June 1875
Closed 12 March 2017 (12 March 2017)
Electrified 25kV AC[1]
Traffic
Passengers (2011) 354 passengers/weekday[2]

Westfield Railway Station was a station of the Auckland railway network in New Zealand. The station closed to all services on 12 March 2017, following an announcement by Auckland Transport on 17 January 2017, because fewer than 330 passengers used it daily and it required a costly upgrade.[3]

The station was 400 metres[dubious ] south of Westfield Junction, where the Eastern and Southern Lines converge. It therefore served both lines. It had an island platform layout and was reached from a pedestrian overbridge at the end of Portage Road. The overbridge also spans the adjacent Westfield marshalling yards and gives access to KiwiRail's operations centre and locomotive facility.

History[edit]

Westfield station was opened during the expansion of Auckland's suburban railway network; on June 1875 for goods and on 29 August 1887 for passengers.[4] The original station building was just a wooden shelter on the platform. Mount Richmond Domain is nearby. The new station gave access to a shallow bay on Manukau Harbour, which became a popular picnic spot. In 1904 the station was at the western end of Portage Road, Otahuhu; which marks the narrowest point of the Auckland isthmus.

Westfield became a junction station between the North Island Main Trunk and the North Auckland Line when the Westfield deviation (Eastern Line) was completed in 1930. [5] The station building was replaced with a newer shelter in the 1960s, whilst the adjacent Westfield Marshalling Yards were being built.

Locomotive dump[edit]

During the 1920s obsolete locomotives were often dumped in areas where the railway line was subject to erosion or soft ground. The cost of scrap being minimal at the time. Unlike locomotives dumped at other sites, such as Branxholme, Omoto and Oamaru, where the locomotives remained for decades, the locomotives at Westfield were retrieved and sold for scrap.

Known locomotives dumped at Westfield[edit]

Class and
road number
Type Builder Builder's
number
Notes
K93 2-4-2 Rogers 2469 Frame and wheels only; boiler subsequently used at Taumarunui Engine Shed
K96 2-4-2 Rogers 2473 Frame and wheels only; boiler subsequently used at Paekakariki and later dumped on the coast south of Paekakariki
N351 2-6-2 Baldwin 19270
N352 2-6-2 Baldwin 19271
N353 2-6-2 Baldwin 19272
N354 2-6-2 Baldwin 19273
L264 4-4-2T NZR Newmarket 40
L267 4-4-2T NZR Newmarket 31
T102 2-8-0 Baldwin 4661

Other locomotive dumps[edit]

Westfield marshalling yard[edit]

This facility, built in the 1960s on reclaimed land brought together the freight train marshalling and sorting from several other yards in the Auckland area. Prior to its opening, freight trains were made up at either Auckland or Otahuhu stations. The traffic offices in other stations in the Auckland area were centred at Westfield during the 1970s and 1980s. The locomotive and wagon repair facilities saw steam-era engine sheds and servicing facilities at Auckland, Otahuhu, Papakura, Helensville and Mercer all close as well as the 1950s-era Parnell Diesel Depot.

Industrial sidings[edit]

Westfield grew over time as a freight station. Sidings once served Kempthorne Prosser's fertiliser works, Westfield Freezing Works and Auckland City Abbatoir. Modern day sidings serve various transport companies, as well as the Southdown Freight Terminal and Metroport.

Patronage[edit]

During its latter period of service, the station had one of the lowest patronages of stations on the Auckland network, in part due to the decrepit nature of its facilities and its remote location, far from any main centres. The shelter structure was in poor condition, yet still provided some protection from the driving wind and rain which comes off the Manukau Harbour. In April 2010, the shelter was torn down and replaced with shelters formerly used at the temporary Newmarket stations.[citation needed]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Auckland Electrifcation Map" (PDF). KiwiRail. 28 April 2014. Retrieved 11 July 2014. 
  2. ^ Auckland Transport Board Meeting (20 November 2012) Agenda Item 10(i) "Rail Electrification Extension" p. 16
  3. ^ "Auckland Transport to close Westfield train station". NZ Herald. 17 January 2017. Retrieved 17 January 2017. 
  4. ^ Scoble, Juliet (2012). Names & Opening & Closing Dates of Railway Stations in New Zealand, 1863 to 2012. Wellington. p. 150. 
  5. ^ New Zealand Railway and Tramway Atlas. Auckland: Quail Map Co. 1964. p. 3.