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Lake Road railway station
Lake Road.jpg
Lake Road station on 1933 map
Location New Zealand
Coordinates 37°57′05″S 175°18′10″E / 37.951304°S 175.302916°E / -37.951304; 175.302916
Elevation 54 m (177 ft)
Line(s) North Island Main Trunk
Distance Wellington 523.48 km (325.28 mi)
Opened 1 March 1881
Closed 7 July 1940
Electrified June 1988
Preceding station   Historical railways   Following station
Line open
station closed
3.68 km (2.29 mi)
  North Island Main Trunk
Line open
station closed
3.42 km (2.13 mi)

Lake Road railway station was a flag station in the Waikato Region and on the North Island Main Trunk in New Zealand.

By February 1880 the contractor, Mr Fallon, had laid the rails from Ōhaupō to a point south of Lake Road. The line opened to Te Awamutu on Thursday 1 July 1880. Lake Road wasn't shown in the original timetable, but, in 1880, there was pressure from local farmers for a station between Ōhaupō and Ngaroto.

In October 1880 it was decided to open a 7th class station at Wrights Road, mid-way between Ōhaupō and Ngaroto. David Henderson won the contract for the station buildings in November 1880. The station first appeared in the 1 March 1881 timetable. By 1884 Lake Road had a shelter shed, platform and cart approach. Toilets were added in 1908, but there was also a complaint that the platform was only long enough for two coaches.

By 1911 it also had a loading bank. That year a man died when he'd not informed the guard that he wanted to get off at the flag station and fell from the moving train. In 1914 the 1 in 43 gradient at Lake Road was eased to 1 in 100, allowing train tonnages to be increased from a maximum of 209 to 494 tons.

On Sunday 7 July 1940 Lake Road closed to all traffic.

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