Saturday, October 17, 2009

New Lynn Train Station after 1915


It's handy attending the meetings of other historical societies. I do it for the enjoyment of meeting friends and colleagues in this wee hobby of local history data gathering, but it's handy as well -- especially when someone comes along with a photo like this.

The line to New Lynn, as with neighboring Avondale, opened in 1880. In 1912, according to Sean Millar in his wonderful Railway Stations of Auckland's Western Line (2004), the station was completely rebuilt, and transformed into an island-platform style. A 24-lever signal box was installed in 1915, so this photo dates from the period of the First World War, at a guess.

Back then, the station was just west of Rankin Avenue, not east where it is today. It was replaced by a new station in 1984 (placed beside the new bus terminal there from 1980), and became just a glorified tin waiting stop. Now, of course, it's in line to be replaced again, by the new underground station next year.

The old station building hung on for a while, used by a charitable trust, but after destructive break-ins, it was finally demolished. 

2 comments:

  1. Lovely seeing this old image,I can remember the old station and the coal fire in the waiting room. circa 1960

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  2. Cheers, glad you like it. I remember our old Avondale station as well, before it was shut down and carted to Swanson. Those were definitely the days.

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