Lake Road railway station facts for kids
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Lake Road station on 1933 map
|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|
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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