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Waiouru railway station
Waiouru railway station in 2018.jpg
Waiouru railway station in 2018
Location New Zealand
Coordinates 39°28′50″S 175°40′02″E / 39.480659°S 175.667095°E / -39.480659; 175.667095Coordinates: 39°28′50″S 175°40′02″E / 39.480659°S 175.667095°E / -39.480659; 175.667095
Elevation 814 m (2,671 ft)
Line(s) North Island Main Trunk
Distance Wellington 408.54 km (253.85 mi)
Opened 1 March 1907 (1907-03-01)
Closed 10 April 2005 (2005-04-10)
Electrified June 1988
Preceding station   Historical railways   Following station
Line open, station closed
  North Island Main Trunk
Line open, station closed

Waiouru railway station in Waiouru, New Zealand was an intermediate station on the North Island Main Trunk line. It was opened for goods traffic in March 1907, and for passengers on 1 July 1908. At 814 m above sea level, the station was the highest station on the New Zealand rail system.

Train at Waiouru Railway Station, with Mount Ruapehu in the background ATLIB 308244
Train at Waiouru Railway Station circa 1930s

The last passenger train on the NIMT to stop at Waiouru was the Overlander, but from 10 April 2005 it no longer stopped here. The station had been closed for goods traffic on 13 October 1986.

In 1940 a branch was built to the military camp, including a 1,000 ft (300 m) platform. The branch opened on 15 November 1940. It stretched about 2 km (1.2 mi) north east from the station and was still in place in 1966.

Chart of Waiouru railway station passengers 1909-1950
tickets sales 1909–22 and 1941-50 – derived from annual returns to Parliament of "Statement of Revenue for each Station for the Year ended"

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