Newmarket railway station, Auckland
Newmarket railway station is a station in the inner-city suburb of Newmarket in Auckland, New Zealand. It serves the Southern and Western Lines of the Auckland railway network, is the second-busiest station in Auckland, after Britomart; the station opened in 1873. It was rebuilt between 2008 and 2010 and now consists of two island platforms serving three tracks with a concourse above the southern end of the station; the redeveloped station opened on 14 January 2010. The station was opened in 1873 and in its historical configuration it consisted of a single island, accessed by a ramp from Remuera Road and by a pedestrian overbridge which led to Broadway and Joseph Banks Terrace; the original station building was one of four island platform station buildings in Auckland designed and built by George Troup, Chief Engineer for the New Zealand Railways Department. It was built at the time of the installation of double track; the signal box at the northern end of the platform was built at the same time and was one of the few of that era on its original site and still in operation in the late 20th century, being the last full-sized lever frame box on the national network.
Newmarket was the site of Newmarket Workshops, which opened in 1878, closed in 1927, when Otahuhu Workshops opened. The historical configuration of the station, near Newmarket Junction, forced some unusual movements. Trains from the city had to run past the junction to call at the station. There were two platforms in an island configuration, all city-bound trains stopped at one platform, outbound trains stopping at the other; this was confusing as the outward-bound platform served both the Western Lines. This problem was solved by'splitting' the platform into two: Southern Line trains stopped at the southern end of the platform, Western Line at the northern end; however the platform was short. The above practice became less prevalent following the higher frequency of the July 2007 timetable. From trains used whichever platform was free, could arrive without any indication of destination. Off-peak operations followed the traditional practice, but during the peak this was not practical; this led to passengers' confusion as to.
During peak times Veolia staff were present with megaphones to inform passengers of train destinations. The signal box was attended 24 hours per day and had control of all trains within the station and Junction. BackshuntFor many years outbound Western Line trains reversed into a special siding, which allowed them to enter the Western Line. In July 2007 this reversing procedure ceased to be necessary, with the start of rebuilding as part of Project DART. Historic station buildingThe fate of the and architecturally significant old station building was controversial, with various proposals being put forward to demolish, refurbish, or relocate the building. Following the announcement on 14 March 2007 of the budget for the station's upgrade, Minister of Finance Michael Cullen announced that $5 million would be put towards moving the building to a proposed new station at Parnell where it would serve as a station for the Auckland War Memorial Museum in the Auckland Domain; the signal box was closed in early 2008, it and the station building were removed from the site on 3 March 2008 to an undisclosed storage location, as ONTRACK feared they would be vandalised.
The station building was moved to Parnell station in time for the start of services on 12 March 2017 and the official opening of the station on 13 March 2017. Newmarket station was rebuilt for NZ$35 million between January 2008 and January 2010 as part of ONTRACK's Project DART, it was necessary to close the station for the rebuild and two temporary stations were built: Newmarket South 200m south on the Southern Line, Newmarket West on the Western Line. Both stations were demolished later; as well as modernising the facilities and appearance, the redevelopment improved connections between the station and the surrounding commercial and residential areas. The station now has a concourse level above the platforms, entrances from a new square off Broadway, a 65m long covered bridge off Remuera Road, a pedestrian bridge from Joseph Banks Terrace, from the Remuera side; the station retains the option of extending the concourse, with pedestrian entry off Broadway further north possible in the future.
The current entrance off Broadway may be widened, with Auckland Council considering demolishing two shops to widen the passage. Some criticism was made at the time of opening about the high step up into trains, considered necessary by the designers to allow freight trains to pass the platforms. Authorities noted that this was the same height as at other stations throughout the Auckland system with the exception of Britomart, which does not have freight trains passing. Authorities confirmed the vertical distance to step up to some train carriages would be up to 374 mm, but this would be reduced with the introduction of the new carriages designed for the electrification of the Auckland network. New track layout Integral to the redevelopment was the requirement to reorganise the track layout; the new station has three tracks. Each island has two platforms, although Platform Two is not in use for passenger services. Platform One serves westbound services on the Western Line. Platform Three serves Britomart bound services on all three lines, while Platform Four serves southbound servic
A train station, railway station, railroad station, or depot is a railway facility or area where trains stop to load or unload passengers or freight. It consists of at least one track-side platform and a station building providing such ancillary services as ticket sales and waiting rooms. If a station is on a single-track line, it has a passing loop to facilitate traffic movements; the smallest stations are most referred to as "stops" or, in some parts of the world, as "halts". Stations elevated. Connections may be available to intersecting rail lines or other transport modes such as buses, trams or other rapid transit systems. In British English, traditional usage favours railway station or station though train station, perceived as an Americanism, is now about as common as railway station in writing. In British usage, the word station is understood to mean a railway station unless otherwise qualified. In American English, the most common term in contemporary usage is train station. In North America, the term depot is sometimes used as an alternative name for station, along with the compound forms train depot, railway depot, railroad depot, but applicable for goods, the term depot is not used in reference to vehicle maintenance facilities in American English.
The world's first recorded railway station was The Mount on the Oystermouth Railway in Swansea, which began passenger service in 1807, although the trains were horsedrawn rather than by locomotives. The two-storey Mount Clare station in Baltimore, which survives as a museum, first saw passenger service as the terminus of the horse-drawn Baltimore and Ohio Railroad on 22 May 1830; the oldest terminal station in the world was Crown Street railway station in Liverpool, built in 1830, on the locomotive hauled Liverpool to Manchester line. As the first train on the Liverpool-Manchester line left Liverpool, the station is older than the Manchester terminal at Liverpool Road; the station was the first to incorporate a train shed. The station was demolished in 1836 as the Liverpool terminal station moved to Lime Street railway station. Crown Street station was converted to a goods station terminal; the first stations had little in the way of amenities. The first stations in the modern sense were on the Liverpool and Manchester Railway, opened in 1830.
Manchester's Liverpool Road Station, the second oldest terminal station in the world, is preserved as part of the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester. It resembles a row of Georgian houses. Early stations were sometimes built with both passenger and goods facilities, though some railway lines were goods-only or passenger-only, if a line was dual-purpose there would be a goods depot apart from the passenger station. Dual-purpose stations can sometimes still be found today, though in many cases goods facilities are restricted to major stations. In rural and remote communities across Canada and the United States, passengers wanting to board the train had to flag the train down in order for it to stop; such stations were known as "flag stops" or "flag stations". Many stations date from the 19th century and reflect the grandiose architecture of the time, lending prestige to the city as well as to railway operations. Countries where railways arrived may still have such architecture, as stations imitated 19th-century styles.
Various forms of architecture have been used in the construction of stations, from those boasting grand, Baroque- or Gothic-style edifices, to plainer utilitarian or modernist styles. Stations in Europe tended to follow British designs and were in some countries, like Italy, financed by British railway companies. Stations built more often have a similar feel to airports, with a simple, abstract style. Examples of modern stations include those on newer high-speed rail networks, such as the Shinkansen in Japan, THSR in Taiwan, TGV lines in France and ICE lines in Germany. Stations have staffed ticket sales offices, automated ticket machines, or both, although on some lines tickets are sold on board the trains. Many stations include a convenience store. Larger stations have fast-food or restaurant facilities. In some countries, stations may have a bar or pub. Other station facilities may include: toilets, left-luggage, lost-and-found and arrivals boards, luggage carts, waiting rooms, taxi ranks, bus bays and car parks.
Larger or manned stations tend to have a greater range of facilities including a station security office. These are open for travellers when there is sufficient traffic over a long enough period of time to warrant the cost. In large cities this may mean facilities available around the clock. A basic station might only have platforms, though it may still be distinguished from a halt, a stopping or halting place that may not have platforms. Many stations, either larger or smaller, offer interchange with local transportation. In many African, South American countries, Asian countries, stations are used as a place for public markets and other informal businesses; this is true on tourist routes or stations near tourist destinations. As well as providing services for passengers and loading facilities for goods, stations can sometimes have locomotive and rolling stock depots (usually with facilities for storing and refuelling rolling stock an
Morningside Road railway station
Morningside Road railway station is a former railway station in the Morningside area of Edinburgh, Scotland. It was opened by the Edinburgh Suburban and Southside Junction Railway on 1 December 1884 as Morningside Station. After the ESSJR was incorporated into the North British Railway on 1 March 1885, the station was renamed Morningside Road in October 1886. Morningside Road station closed in 1962, when passenger rail services were withdrawn from the Edinburgh Suburban line, although the line itself was retained for rail freight use; the route continues to be used for freight services to this day, diverted passenger trains pass through Morningside. The station was located by Morningside Road, where the road bridge crosses the suburban line, was accessed via a gate on the west side of the road, opposite the Morningside Clock. Today the station is derelict and the entrance to the station is now occupied by a branch of the Bank of Scotland; the outer circle platform has been removed to allow Mk 3 coaching stock to operate on the line.
First ScotRail retains an advertising hoarding on the bridge next to the clock, where they display posters advertising passenger rail services. The iron footbridge from the former station still stands to this day, connecting Maxwell Street to Balcarres Street. A local advocacy group, the Capital Rail Action Group, is running a campaign for the SSJR line to be re-opened to passenger services, proposes that it should be operated either as a commuter rail service or as a light rail system to form an extension of the forthcoming Edinburgh Tram Network. Following a petition submitted to the Scottish Parliament in 2007, the proposal was rejected in 2009 by transport planners due to anticipated cost
Avondale railway station, Auckland
Avondale railway station is on the Western Line of the Auckland railway network. Relocated in 2008, the station can be accessed from St Jude St, Layard St, Crayford St; the proposed Avondale–Southdown Line would connect to the Western Line just east of the station. 1880: Opened as one of the original stations on the North Auckland Line. The station was known as Whau for the first two years of its existence. 1882: A post office opened as part of the station. 1912: The post office closed. 1914: The platform was upgraded to an island platform layout with a new building on the new platform. 1915: A signal box was added. 1966: The line to Morningside was double-tracked. 1967: The signal box was removed after this section changed to centralised traffic control. 1993: The platform was raised to meet the requirements of ex-Perth trains. 1995: The station building was relocated to Swanson. 2008: The footbridge was demolished, the platform removed and a temporary station erected 50m to the east of the site. 2010: A new station was constructed and the line double-tracked westward beyond Avondale.
The station opened on 14 June. 2014: Platforms extended to 150m from 143m for the new electric AM class EMU trains. Until 26 December 2008 it had an island platform just west of Blockhouse Bay Road, reached via a footbridge off the road. In 2010 an upgraded station was built on Layard Street, north of the St Jude Street level crossing and 100m west and 200m south of the old station; the new station provides better connections with the Avondale town centre and the platform is on a straight section of track, unlike the old platform, on a large sharp curve. Electrification work was completed and the station began serving electric trains in 2015. A number of bus routes pass nearby on Rosebank Road and Blockhouse Bay Road; these include routes 18, 22N, 22R, 107, 138, 195, 209 and 670. List of Auckland railway stations
An island platform is a station layout arrangement where a single platform is positioned between two tracks within a railway station, tram stop or transitway interchange. Island platforms are popular on twin-track routes due to cost-effective reasons, they are useful within larger stations where local and express services for the same direction of travel can be provided from opposite sides of the same platform thereby simplifying transfers between the two tracks. An alternative arrangement is to position side platforms on either side of the tracks; the historical use of island platforms depends upon the location. In the United Kingdom the use of island platforms is common when the railway line is in a cutting or raised on an embankment, as this makes it easier to provide access to the platform without walking across the tracks. Island platforms are necessary for any station with many through platforms. Building small two-track stations with a single island platform instead of two side platforms does have advantages.
Island platforms allow facilities such as shops and waiting rooms to be shared between both tracks rather than being duplicated or present only on one side. An island platform makes it easier for wheelchair users and other people with physical limitations to change services between tracks or access facilities. If the tracks are above or below the entrance level, an island platform layout requires only one staircase and one elevator be built to access the platforms. Building the tracks and entrance at the same level creates a disadvantage. If an island platform is not wide enough to cope with passenger numbers, overcrowding can be a problem. Examples of stations where a narrow island platform has caused safety issues include Clapham Common and Angel on the London Underground. An island platform requires the tracks to diverge around the center platform, extra width is required along the right-of-way on each approach to the station on high-speed lines. Track centers vary for rail systems throughout the world but are 3 to 5 meters.
If the island platform is 6 meters wide, the tracks must slew out by the same distance. While this requirement is not a problem on a new line under construction, it makes building a new station on an existing line impossible without altering the tracks. A single island platform makes it quite difficult to have through tracks, which are between the local tracks. A common configuration in busy locations on high speed lines is a pair of island platforms, with slower trains diverging from the main line so that the main line tracks remain straight. High-speed trains can therefore pass straight through the station, while slow trains pass around the platforms; this arrangement allows the station to serve as a point where slow trains can be passed by faster trains. A variation at some stations is to have the slow and fast pairs of tracks each served by island platforms A rarer layout, present at Mets-Willets Point on the IRT Flushing Line, 34th Street – Penn Station on the IRT Seventh Avenue Line and 34th Street – Penn Station on the IND Eighth Avenue Line of the New York City Subway, uses two side platforms for local services with an island in between for express services.
The purpose of this atypical design was to reduce unnecessary passenger congestion at a station with a high volume of passengers. Since the IRT Seventh Avenue Line and IND Eighth Avenue Line have adjacent express stations at 42nd Street, passengers can make their transfers from local to express trains there, leaving more space available for passengers utilizing intercity rail at Pennsylvania Station; the Willets Point Boulevard station was renovated to accommodate the high volume of passengers coming to the 1939 World's Fair. Many of the stations on the Great Central Railway were constructed in this form; this was. If this happened, the lines would need to be compatible with continental loading gauge, this would mean it would be easy to change the line to a larger gauge, by moving the track away from the platform to allow the wider bodied continental rolling stock to pass while leaving the platform area untouched. Island platforms are a normal sight on Indian railway stations. All railway stations in India consist of island platforms.
In Toronto, 29 subway stations use island platforms. In Sydney, on the Eastern Suburbs Railway and the Epping Chatswood Railway, the twin tunnels are spaced and the tracks can remain at a constant track centres while still leaving room for the island platforms. A slight disadvantage is. In Edmonton, all 18 LRT stations on the Capital Line and Metro Line use island platforms; the Valley Line under construction, utilizes the new low-floor LRT technology, but will only use island platforms on one of the twelve stops along the line. In southern New Jersey and Philadelphia, PATCO uses island platforms in all of its 13 s
Morningside railway station, Queensland
Morningside railway station is located on the Cleveland line in Queensland, Australia. It serves the Brisbane suburb of Morningside. Morningside station opened in 1888 as Bulimba. On 26 May 1996, the timber station building was burnt out and demolished. On 15 July 1996, the Fisherman Islands line to the Port of Brisbane opened to the north of the station. Morningside is served by Cleveland line services from Shorncliffe, Northgate and Bowen Hills to Cannon Hill and Cleveland. Media related to Morningside railway station at Wikimedia Commons Morningside station Queensland's Railways on the Internet Morningside station TransLink travel information