List of Christchurch railway stations facts for kids
This is a list of railway stations in the Christchurch region of New Zealand. It includes both those still in service and those that have been closed. Included are stations on the following lines: Eyreton Branch, Little River Branch, Main North Line out to Rangiora, Main South Line out to Burnham, Midland Line out to Springfield, Oxford Branch, Southbridge Branch, Whitecliffs Branch.
|Addington (Addington Junction)||Main South Line||13 October 1866||13 October 1986 (freight)|
|Annat||Midland Line||24 December 1879||10 December 1984|
|Aylesbury||1 December 1874||18 February 1979|
|Bealey's Road||May 1879?||This station closed completely sometime prior to May 1879.|
|Belfast||Main North Line||29 April 1872||13 October 1986 (freight)|
|Bells||Oxford Branch||21 September 1887||19 April 1959|
|Bennetts Junction||1 February 1878|
|Bexley||7 August 1884||14 July 1930|
|Birdlings Flat||Little River Branch||16 May 1882||30 June 1962|
|Bryndwr (Bryndwyr)||Main North Line||?||27 March 1977|
|Burnham (Leeston Road)||Main South Line||February 1868||1993?||This station closed completely sometime prior to 1993.|
|Carleton||Oxford Branch||21 June 1875||19 April 1959|
|Chaneys||Main North Line||1877||19 September 1971|
|Christchurch (first station)||Main South Line||1 December 1863||1877|
|Christchurch (second station)||21 December 1877||5 April 1993|
|Christchurch (third station)||Main North Line||5 April 1993||-|
|Coalgate (Bluff)||Whitecliffs Branch||3 November 1875||31 March 1962|
|Cust||Oxford Branch||1 December 1874||19 April 1959|
|Darfield (Darfield Junction)||Midland Line||-|
|Doyleston||Southbridge Branch||13 July 1875||30 June 1962|
|Ellesmere||26 April 1875|
|Fernside||Oxford Branch||1 December 1874||19 April 1959|
|Ferrymead||Ferrymead Railway||30 December 1863||9 November 1867||Re-opened briefly in 1868.|
|Ferrymead||Ferrymead Historic Park||1977||-|
|Flaxton||Main North Line||3 September 1872||17 July 1966|
|Glentunnel (Surveyors Gully)||Whitecliffs Branch||22 April 1876||31 March 1962|
|Goulds Road||Southbridge Branch||16 April 1909||25 July 1960|
|Greenpark||Little River Branch||16 May 1882||30 June 1962|
|Hawkins||Whitecliffs Branch||3 November 1875||31 March 1962|
|Heathcote (The Valley)||Main South Line||1 December 1863||11 August 1985||Remained open for private siding traffic only until closing in October/November 1986.|
|Hills Road||Southbridge Branch||13 July 1875||30 June 1962|
|Homebush||Whitecliffs Branch||3 November 1875||31 March 1962|
|Hornby (Hornby Junction, Southbridge Junction)||Main South Line||13 October 1866||-|
|Horrelville||Eyreton Branch||1 February 1878||26 May 1954|
|Irwell||Southbridge Branch||13 July 1875||30 June 1962|
|Islington||Main South Line||May 1883||18 June 1972||Remained open for private siding traffic only.|
|Kaiapoi||Main North Line||29 April 1872||13 October 1986 (freight)|
|Kainga||1883||27 March 1977|
|Kaituna||Little River Branch||16 May 1882||30 June 1962|
|Kirwee||Midland Line||1 December 1874||-|
|Ladbrooks||Southbridge Branch||26 April 1875||30 June 1962||Also known as Ladbrooke's|
|Lake Road||April 1886|
|Leeston||13 July 1875|
|Lincoln (Lincoln Junction)||26 April 1875||1 July 1967|
|Linwood||Main South Line||16 December 1880||22 July 1973|
|Little River||Little River Branch||11 March 1886||30 June 1962||This station has been preserved on site.|
|Lyttelton||Main South Line||9 December 1867||1873|
|Lyttelton||14 October 1963||1976|
|Mandeville North||Eyreton Branch||27 December 1875||26 May 1954|
|Middleton||Main South Line||13 October 1866||14 December 1970||The Middleton Marshalling Yard & Freight Terminal opened many years after this station ceased to handle passenger traffic.|
|Moorhouse||Ferrymead Historic Park||1977||-|
|Motukarara||Little River Branch||16 May 1882||30 June 1962||This station has been preserved near its original site.|
|Ohoka||Eyreton Branch||27 December 1875||26 May 1954|
|Opawa||Main South Line||30 April 1864||30 April 1972|
|Oxford East||Oxford Branch||21 June 1875||19 April 1959|
|Oxford West||21 June 1875|
|Papanui||Main North Line||29 April 1872||16 June 1991||Remained open for private siding traffic but now closed completely.|
|Parish's||Main South Line||13 October 1866||16 December 1878|
|Prebbleton||Southbridge Branch||26 April 1875||1 July 1967|
|Racecourse Hill||Midland Line||1 December 1874||18 November 1973|
|Rangiora||Main North Line||5 November 1872||-||Northern terminus of Christchurch suburban passenger services until 30 April 1976|
|Riccarton||29 April 1872||2 July 1977|
|Rolleston||Main South Line||16 October 1866||-|
|Sandy Knolls||Midland Line||October 1899||1 March 1970|
|School Road||Eyreton Branch||April 1884||26 May 1954|
|Sheffield (Malvern)||Midland Line||1 December 1874||3 November 1986|
|Sockburn||Main South Line||13 October 1866||March 1987|
|South Malvern||Whitecliffs Branch||3 November 1875||31 March 1962|
|Southbridge||Southbridge Branch||13 July 1875||30 June 1962|
|Southbrook||Main North Line||3 September 1972||5 July 1981|
|Springbank (Moeraki)||Oxford Branch||3 November 1875||21 November 1960|
|Springfield||Midland Line||24 December 1879||-|
|Springston||Southbridge Branch||26 April 1875||30 June 1962|
|Stoke||Oxford Branch||May 1879||3 July 1949|
|Styx||Main North Line||29 April 1872||31 March 1984|
|Swannanoa||Eyreton Branch||27 December 1875||26 May 1954|
|Templeton||Main South Line||13 October 1866||25 July 1971|
|View Hill||Oxford Branch||7 August 1884||14 July 1930|
|Waddington||Midland Line||1 December 1874||29 July 1962|
|Waverley||Eyreton Branch||27 December 1875||31 March 1917|
|Weedons||Main South Line||13 October 1866||1 February 1964|
|West Eyreton||Eyreton Branch||27 December 1875||19 April 1959|
|Wetheral||26 May 1954|
|White Cliffs (Whitecliffs)||Whitecliffs Branch||3 November 1875||31 March 1962|
|Wilson's Siding||Eyreton Branch||18 October 1876||26 May 1954|
|Woolston (Hillsborough)||Main South Line||June 1883||-|
Until the 1970s, Addington was a major facility for the receiving and sale of livestock, with significant stock yards, races and loading platforms beside the track. It handled livestock traffic from as far afield as Marlborough, South Canterbury and the West Coast, with the proceeds of the sales destined for locations all over the South Island. Given the limited size of the lorry transport available at the time, it is understandable how the railways could compete with road transport for this type of traffic, even for relatively short distances.
One particularly sought-after source of livestock for Addington was the sheep of the Molesworth cattle and sheep station in Marlborough. From 1957 until about 1970, this livestock was driven to the railhead at Culverden (on the Waiau Branch line) then transported in several trains to Addington. In the last years of this traffic, there were in excess of 1,000 head to move, requiring a substantial portion of the cattle wagon fleet in the South Island.
When the workshops closed, it was decided to locate the new Christchurch railway station on the site for long distance trains (opened on 5 April 1993), see List of Christchurch railway stations § Notes.
Today, the passenger facilities are gone, but the site still retains a signal box, several loops and railsheds for the storage of rolling stock. The land formerly occupied by the saleyards is currently a vacant lot.
- See also: Aerial view of the saleyards.
This station served passenger trains for residents of the suburbs of Bryndwr and Elmwood. Nothing of the station remains.
The current Christchurch station at Troup Drive is the third railway Christchurch station. The two earlier stations, at Madras Street and Moorhouse Avenue, were a short distance away to the east on the Main South Line, closer to the city centre.
Originally known as The Valley, this station was sited about 240 meters from the mouth of the Lyttelton rail tunnel. It was equipped with a signal box, freight sidings for nearby industrial customers as well as passenger facilities and a platform, which is the only remaining feature. Public access is from Station Road, at the intersection with Flavell Street, Marsden Street and Rollin Street.
The signal box, constructed in 1870, was to have been moved to the Ferrymead Heritage Park for use in the rail operations there after many years of disuse until it was destroyed on-site by fire in September 1996, shortly before its relocation.
The Main North Line railway runs through Kaiapoi, and the town once served as the junction for the Eyreton Branch, which provided rail access to communities west of Kaiapoi such as West Eyreton (though it ran to the north of Eyreton itself). This branch line opened in 1875 and closed fully by April 1965.
The station at Kainga was a small rural station to serve the settlement of Kainga. Nothing of the station remains. The Main North Line through Kainga was opened on 1 September 1958 as a deviation when the Waimakariri River Bridge at Stewarts Gully was replaced with a new structure 1.6 km upstream.
One of the "younger" stations on the line, Linwood was not built by the provincial council. Nothing remains of the station today, though it continued to serve in a rail capacity as the location of a locomotive depot until the depot was damaged beyond repair in the 2011 Christchurch earthquake and subsequently demolished, with the services it provided relocated to Middleton.
The Little River station has been well preserved by the local community, who have converted into a centre that sells local craft and historical items. The platform and goods shed are still in good repair, and some metres of trackage have been installed so that a number of preserved freight wagons can be displayed.
Lyttelton railway station is the northern terminus of the Main South Line, a main trunk railway line from Lyttelton to Invercargill in the South Island of New Zealand. There have been three stations built at Lyttelton, with the most recent of these still being used for railway purposes.
The Middleton Marshalling Yard in Christchurch on the Christchurch-Ashburton Line had a hump for shunting, and was opened on 5 December 1927. It closed in September 1930, then reopened in November 1946. Later it closed on 13 October 1986 for local loading and deliveries and fully closed on 22 October 1998.
This station served passenger trains for residents of the suburb of Opawa. Nothing of the station remains.
The Papanui Railway Station closed in 1991. It is located in Restell Street, Papanui, Christchurch, and is registered by the New Zealand Historic Places Trust as a Category II heritage building with registration number .
The Riccarton railway station was located on the Main North Line, accessible from the south via Matai Street. The station building was to the west of the line.
Riccarton station was last serviced by a single weekday return service between Christchurch and Rangiora in 1976. These services were popular with commuters working in the eastern parts of the city, and also with railway staff based at the Addington Railway Workshops.
In 1959, there were still two daily return services. Riccarton station at the time had a small but busy freight yard, handling coal consignments for local merchants, timber from the West Coast, and wheat and flour traffic for the mill sited on land that now forms the grounds of Christchurch Girls' High School.
For many years, a special train ran through Riccarton station to the October meeting of the Kaikoura Trotting Club. It conveyed patrons, horses, trainers, sulkies and jockeys. The popularity of this train diminished as horse floats were used to take horses and trainers to the meetings, and patrons opting to travel using private cars. The fact that the meetings were held midweek also limited the appeal.
In its heyday, in addition to the platform, station building and main line, the station also had a couple of loops and a curved siding from the north end of the yard that provided access to the flour mill. In late 1905, a spur line was built that left the Main North Line in this location heading through North Hagley Park to service the International Exhibition. The spur was used for freight traffic only and was removed in 1908.
Today, no obvious signs of the station remain. The yard is now a bus and car park, and a cycle/walk way runs along the western side of the line connecting Fendalton Road with Kereru Lane, which runs the length of the former yard.
The small south Canterbury town of Rolleston was first served by a railway station built by the Canterbury Provincial Railways on their broad gauge line from Christchurch, which was then known as the Canterbury Great Southern Railway. Since then, the station has been patronised by a variety of services, most recently by the long-distance TranzAlpine passenger train.
The station is located on State Highway 1, at the intersection of Main South Road and Rolleston Drive.
- See also: Map of station location.
This station served the settlement of Stewarts Gully on the south bank of the Waimakariri River, just south of Kaiapoi. The dates of operation of the station are not known at the time of writing, but the Main North Line in the area opened on 29 April 1872, and closed on 31 August 1958 when the Waimakariri River Bridge was replaced with a new structure and associated trackage 1.6 km upstream.
Formerly known as Hillsborough after another nearby suburb, this station continues to serve as a freight hub for several adjacent industrial customers. The platform and loading bank remain, though the station building has been demolished.
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