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Kopaki railway station
Kopaki 1957.jpg
Kopaki in 1957
Location New Zealand
Coordinates 38°28′42″S 175°16′24″E / 38.478387°S 175.273304°E / -38.478387; 175.273304
Elevation 265 m (869 ft)
Line(s) North Island Main Trunk
Distance Wellington 454.62 km (282.49 mi)
Opened 1 April 1901
Closed passengers before 12/1975
goods 31 January 1982
Electrified June 1988
Previous names Paritikona until 8 December 1912
Preceding station   Historical railways   Following station
Line open,
station closed
7.21 km (4.48 mi)
  North Island Main Trunk
Line open,
station closed
5.15 km (3.20 mi)

Kopaki was a flag station on the North Island Main Trunk line, in the Waitomo District of New Zealand.

It was part of the Puketutu to Poro-O-Tarao contract, which began in September 1892. From 18 January 1897 a weekly goods train ran to Poro-O-Tarao.

A cattle yard was built in 1920. The passing loop was lengthened in 1939, to hold 219 rather than 97 wagons. The work was done at the same time the loop at Waiteti was installed, the total cost for both being £19,000.

The gradient to the north of the station is 1 in 70.

There was a Farmers Union store at Kopaki in 1920 and a sawmill in 1952.

Kopaki post office was 30 ch (2,000 ft; 600 m) from the railway station.

A 1980 report said there was a concrete block shelter shed and a loop for 121 wagons.

The 1925-26 timber bridge carrying SH30 over the railway is being rebuilt between 2021 and 2023 to carry high productivity vehicles. The replacement will be skewed, with a length of 68 m (223 ft) and a cost of $12.4m.

Only the shelter shed and passing loop remain.

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