Hangatiki railway station facts for kids
Quick facts for kids
Waitomo Caves Royal Mail coach at Hangatiki in 1920
|Elevation||40 m (130 ft)|
|Line(s)||North Island Main Trunk|
|Distance||Wellington 485.2 km (301.5 mi)|
|Opened||2 December 1887|
|Closed||31 January 1982 passenger,
13 October 1986 goods
In 1915 Hangatiki was described as a small township with a post and telegraph office, where passengers for "the famous Waitomo and Ruakuri caves alight". The guidebook said Waitomo was 6 mi (9.7 km) away, "by good metalled road, a conveyance meeting the express trains and conveying passengers to the excellent Government Accommodation House at Waitomo." The fare was 2/6 each way (about $18 in 2015 money).
Until August 1877 the contractor building the railway, also provided a goods train service. By October 1887 goods trains ran on Mondays and Fridays. A passenger service was added on those days from 2 December 1887. By 1896 there was a shelter shed, platform, cart approach, 31 ft (9.4 m) by 21 ft (6.4 m) goods shed and a passing loop for 35 wagons. In 1901 there was a petition for cattle yards and by 1911 there were cattle and sheep yards. A tablet porter started in 1912. A note in 1963 said the station was built in 1888 and last painted in 1953, but in 1980 the station building was noted as a concrete block and the loop as taking 75 wagons. On 31 January 1982 Hangatiki closed to all traffic except in wagon lots.
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