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Shannon
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Coordinates 40°32′47″S 175°24′40″E / 40.5465°S 175.4111°E / -40.5465; 175.4111Coordinates: 40°32′47″S 175°24′40″E / 40.5465°S 175.4111°E / -40.5465; 175.4111
Elevation 12 m (39 ft)
Owned by KiwiRail
Line(s) North Island Main Trunk
Distance Wellington 106.63 km (66.26 mi)
Construction
Parking Yes
History
Opened 1886
Rebuilt 1893
Services
Preceding station   The Great Journeys of New Zealand   Following station
Terminus
Capital Connection
toward Wellington
Preceding station   Historical railways   Following station
Makerua
Line open,
station closed
4.69 km (2.91 mi)
  North Island Main Trunk
KiwiRail
  Koputaroa
Line open,
station closed
7.89 km (4.90 mi)
Designated: 25-Sep-1986
Reference #: 4703

Shannon railway station is a station on the North Island Main Trunk serving Shannon in the Horowhenua District of New Zealand. It is served by the Capital Connection long distance commuter train between Wellington and Palmerston North.

History

A simple Class 6 or flag station type building was opened by the Wellington and Manawatu Railway Company (WMR)—a private company—in 1886 as an intermediate station on the Wellington–Manawatu Line, and was named after company director George Shannon. Other company directors had the stations at Levin and Plimmerton named after them. Shannon opened on Monday 2 August 1886, when trains started to run between Longburn and Ōtaki, though a special train had run from Longburn to Ohau in April 1886. The first through train from Wellington to Palmerston North ran on 30 November 1886.

In 1893 the original station building was moved to Paraparaumu and replaced by a WMR Class Four building. Later a luggage/parcels room (1902) and a verandah (1910) were added. Further stock sidings were added prior to World War I to cope with increased demand. Further sidings were built after the war when the Mangahao Power Station was under construction. The parcel and luggage room was extended in 1936.

Railway traffic declined after the second world war and the station closed in 1980, but use has since been established again for the Capital Connection. The Shannon Railway Trust was founded in 1985 with the aim to preserve the building. Horowhenua District Council bought the building in 1992. It was subsequently restored by the trust and reopened in 1998 for community use, as a tourist destination, and an info centre.

The 1893 replacement building is one of the few remaining physical relics of the WMR and it is rare that a station of this age built from timber survives. For this reason, the New Zealand Historic Places Trust (now Heritage New Zealand) added the station to its register as a Category I listing on 25 September 1986.

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