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Palmerston North Central railway station
Railway Station and Yards, Palmerston North 1934.jpg
Railway station and yards in 1934
Location The Square, Palmerston North
New Zealand
Line(s) North Island Main Trunk
Platforms 4
Tracks 3
Connections Palmerston North–Gisborne Line and Foxton Branch
Opened 20 October 1876
Closed 21 October 1963

Palmerston North Central railway station was a station on the North Island Main Trunk in New Zealand and the Palmerston North–Gisborne Line.

Palmerston North 1942 map
Dates of opening of railway lines – based on 1942 map sourced from 1 inch sheet N149

The original station was opened on 20 October 1876, when the Foxton Tramway was reopened as the Foxton Branch, though from 25 July 1873 the Square had been the terminus for the tramway. Traffic increased with the opening of the line to Napier via Woodville in 1891, and the station was moved 30 chains (2,000 ft; 600 m) south in March 1891. But it was still a bottleneck, and remained the longest-persisting bottleneck on the Main Trunk until replaced by the new Palmerston North railway station on the Milson Deviation on 21 October 1963. The first Auckland - Wellington through expresses ran on 14 February 1909, taking 19 hours 13 minutes, and stopping at Palmerston North.

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