Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Rocky Nook's transplanted train station

Alongside Malvern Road and tucked between the street at the Western railway line, is a piece of redundant early Auckland rail history which has, fortunately, not ended up at the scrappers.

This part of Mt Albert was originally taken for railway purposes in 1911, quite possibly as plans were being laid down for the construction of the overbridge across New North Road. Part of the land taken was then raised for the necessary span across the road, leaving a small margin in government hands until 1996 when it was transferred to private ownership.

It was around this time that the 1912 station building at Mt Eden, along the track, was relocated here, and so has remained somewhat of a landmark for rail passengers passing along overhead: the station at which trains no longer stop.

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