Morningside railway station, Auckland
Morningside railway station is a station on the Western Line of the Auckland Railway Network. It has an island platform and is accessed via a level crossing on Morningside Drive and by a subway from New North Road. 1880: It opened as one of the original stations on the North Auckland Line. 1914: A signal box was established here. 1966: The line between Morningside and Avondale was double-tracked and the platform was upgraded to an island platform layout. 1993: The platform was modified to meet the requirements of new ex-Perth trains. 2009: An upgraded station was opened. 2013: In February, a woman in a wheelchair, stuck in the tracks was rescued from the path of an approaching train. 2014: Electrification infrastructure installed as part of the electrification of Auckland's railway network. Bus routes 20, 22N, 22R and 209 pass close to Morningside station. Morningside Station was featured in the music video for Lorde's song "Royals". List of Auckland railway stations Public transport in Auckland
Mount Albert railway station
Mount Albert railway station is in the suburb of Mount Albert on the Western Line of the Auckland railway network in New Zealand, near Unitec, a local tertiary education provider, is popular with Unitec students. It has an island platform and is reached by a footbridge from Carrington Road at the northern end, an overbridge from New North Road on the eastern side, a subway that runs between Willcott Street and New North Road at the southern end. 1880: Opened as one of the original stations on the North Auckland Line. 1908: A signal box was added. 1909: A new station building was built, after the previous one was destroyed by fire. 1920s: A siding to Mount Albert Quarry from the station is closed. 1966: The line was double-tracked and much of the station's infrastructure was removed. The signal box is preserved at MOTAT. 2010: Significant discussion, including during the run-up to the local body elections, considered the station as dilapidated and in need of renewal. Criticised were the run-down shop rear areas fronting the railway station from the New North Road side.
A former Auckland City councilor suggested that a green wall would offer an option to hide these unsightly areas behind low-cost, low-maintenance planting.2013: The station was upgraded as part of a 2-stage Auckland Transport program in anticipation of the Auckland railway electrification project. The $9 million upgrade, which included an overhead covered walkway from Carrington Road, new passenger shelters, other enhancements, was ceremonially opened in July 2013; the second stage, to include a $1.23 million overbridge walkway to New North Road, was scheduled to be completed by August 2016. 2016: The overbridge, connecting the station directly to the pedestrian precinct of the Mount Albert shopping area, was opened on 17 September 2016. A number of bus services pass this station, allowing easy transfer, although there are no signs or information provided at the station; these include the Outer Link. List of Auckland railway stations Public transport in Auckland
Auckland Transport is the council-controlled organisation of Auckland Council responsible for transport projects and services. It was established by section 38 of the Local Government Act 2009, operates under that act and the Local Government Act 2010. Auckland Transport began operating from 1 November 2010, at the inauguration of Auckland Council, it assumed the role of the Auckland Regional Transport Authority and the combined transport functions of Auckland's seven city and district councils, all of which were disestablished. AT is responsible for the Auckland Region's public transport, it designs and maintains roads, ferry wharves and walkways. It is the largest of the council's organisations, with over 1700 staff, controlling half of all council rates. Dr David Warburton was the inaugural chief executive of the organisation, his successor, Shane Ellison, joined the organisation in December 2017. Auckland Transport has a key enforcement role, employing over 120 Parking Officers. In 2017, it created the new position of Transport Officer, with up to 220 to be appointed.
These officers work on Auckland's public transport network and are empowered by law to remove passengers off trains and issue infringement notices of $150 to enforce fare payment. Directors are appointed by Auckland Council; the Board has overall responsibility for delivering transport, including managing and controlling public transport and local roads. From 2010 to 2016, two councillors sat on the board, unlike the other Auckland CCOs, which were not permitted to have councillors as directors. Following the 2016 Auckland council elections, elected mayor Phil Goff dumped the two councillors, citing improved accountability and minimising compromises and conflict; the directors appointed from October 2016 were: Dr Lester Levy Wayne Donnelly Rabin Rabindran Mark Gilbert Dame Paula Rebstock Ernst Zöllner AT's assets totalled $19.1 billion in 2018, up 0.5 billion since June 2017. AT owned or operated the following transport assets as of 2018: 57 electric train sets, consisting of AM class multiple units per set 41 railway station facilities on Auckland's four railway lines, but not the platforms or tracks, which are owned by KiwiRail 16 dedicated bus stations, including six on the Northern Busway 21 ferry facilities 7,452 km of arterial and local roads Also the following: 6,859 km of footpaths, which grew to 7,287 km by 2016 985 bridges and major culverts 99,912 street lights 127,666 road signs 1,554 bus shelters 14 multi-storey car park buildings 933 on-street pay-and-display machines 270 AIFS integrated ticketing devices Public transport in Auckland AT Metro AT HOP card Hinaki Eel Trap Bridge Auckland Transport website
Mount Eden railway station
Mount Eden railway station is a Western Line station of the Auckland railway network in the Auckland suburb of Mount Eden in New Zealand. It has an island platform, is reached via a footbridge from Mount Eden Rd or from the level crossing between Ngahura Street and Fenton Street. 1880: Opened as one of the original stations on the North Auckland Line. 1912: The present island platform and a new station building were constructed. 1914: A signal box was established. 1964: Lost much school traffic when some trains began to stop at St Peter's College. 1967: Following the introduction of centralised traffic control, the signal box was removed. Mid-1990s: The old station building was sold and removed, is now located further up the track, past Morningside station, is in use as a private home. 2004: An upgraded station was opened. Auckland Transport changed their City Rail Link plans by removing the proposed Newton Station and adding another platform at Mt Eden with a trench styled layout similar to New Lynn railway station.
The benefit, according to the Mayor of Auckland Len Brown, was a saving of NZD$150 million. AT chairman Lester Levy said that there had been concerted effort to optimise the design and drive value for money. "The change that has resulted from this focus will reduce cost by removing the deep Newton station, which will reduce construction disruption in upper Symonds St by 12 to 18 months. The improved design will connect passengers at Mt Eden Station to the CRL which bypassed them and improve operation reliability through the provision of a separated east-west junction so train lines won’t need to cross over each other." Dr Levy said the changes will result in an improved customer experience with the CRL platform at Mt Eden to be built in a trench similar to the New Lynn station, be open to the sky, rather than deep underground as was the case for the proposed Newton station location. This open air location and the separated train junction will lower operating costs. To allow the CRL to connect to the west toward Swanson and to the east toward Newmarket, Mount Eden station will be closed and rebuilt.
The Western Line will be realigned between Dominion Road and Mount Eden Prison, with consequent changes to overhead line and signalling systems. Mount Eden Station is serviced by routes 25B, 25L, 27H and 27W, the SkyBus services between central Auckland and Auckland Airport; the Mt Eden Local Control Panel was installed in the station building in 1967 and removed from service in 1995 when the station building was removed. The panel has been preserved in working order. List of Auckland railway stations Public transport in Auckland
In rail transport, track gauge or track gage is the spacing of the rails on a railway track and is measured between the inner faces of the load-bearing rails. All vehicles on a rail network must have running gear, compatible with the track gauge, in the earliest days of railways the selection of a proposed railway's gauge was a key issue; as the dominant parameter determining interoperability, it is still used as a descriptor of a route or network. In some places there is a distinction between the nominal gauge and the actual gauge, due to divergence of track components from the nominal. Railway engineers use a device, like a caliper, to measure the actual gauge, this device is referred to as a track gauge; the terms structure gauge and loading gauge, both used, have little connection with track gauge. Both refer to two-dimensional cross-section profiles, surrounding the track and vehicles running on it; the structure gauge specifies the outline into which altered structures must not encroach.
The loading gauge is the corresponding envelope within which rail vehicles and their loads must be contained. If an exceptional load or a new type of vehicle is being assessed to run, it is required to conform to the route's loading gauge. Conformance ensures. In the earliest days of railways, single wagons were manhandled on timber rails always in connection with mineral extraction, within a mine or quarry leading from it. Guidance was not at first provided except by human muscle power, but a number of methods of guiding the wagons were employed; the spacing between the rails had to be compatible with that of the wagon wheels. The timber rails wore rapidly. In some localities, the plates were made L-shaped, with the vertical part of the L guiding the wheels; as the guidance of the wagons was improved, short strings of wagons could be connected and pulled by horses, the track could be extended from the immediate vicinity of the mine or quarry to a navigable waterway. The wagons were built to a consistent pattern and the track would be made to suit the wagons: the gauge was more critical.
The Penydarren Tramroad of 1802 in South Wales, a plateway, spaced these at 4 ft 4 in over the outside of the upstands. The Penydarren Tramroad carried the first journey by a locomotive, in 1804, it was successful for the locomotive, but unsuccessful for the track: the plates were not strong enough to carry its weight. A considerable progressive step was made. Edge rails required a close match between rail spacing and the configuration of the wheelsets, the importance of the gauge was reinforced. Railways were still seen as local concerns: there was no appreciation of a future connection to other lines, selection of the track gauge was still a pragmatic decision based on local requirements and prejudices, determined by existing local designs of vehicles. Thus, the Monkland and Kirkintilloch Railway in the West of Scotland used 4 ft 6 in; the Arbroath and Forfar Railway opened in 1838 with a gauge of 5 ft 6 in, the Ulster Railway of 1839 used 6 ft 2 in Locomotives were being developed in the first decades of the 19th century.
His designs were so successful that they became the standard, when the Stockton and Darlington Railway was opened in 1825, it used his locomotives, with the same gauge as the Killingworth line, 4 ft 8 in. The Stockton and Darlington line was immensely successful, when the Liverpool and Manchester Railway, the first intercity line, was built, it used the same gauge, it was hugely successful, the gauge, became the automatic choice: "standard gauge". The Liverpool and Manchester was followed by other trunk railways, with the Grand Junction Railway and the London and Birmingham Railway forming a huge critical mass of standard gauge; when Bristol promoters planned a line from London, they employed the innovative engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel. He decided on a wider gauge, to give greater stability, the Great Western Railway adopted a gauge of 7 ft eased to 7 ft 1⁄4 in; this became known as broad gauge. The Great Western Railway was successful and was expanded and through friendly associated companies, widening the scope of broad gauge.
At the same time, other parts of Britain built railways to standard gauge, British technology was exported to European countries and parts of North America using standard gauge. Britain polarised into two areas: those that used standard gauge. In this context, standard gauge was referred to as "narrow gauge" to indicate the contrast; some smaller concerns selected other non-standard gauges: the Eastern Counties Railway adopted 5 ft. Most of them converted to standard gauge at an early date, but the GWR's broad gauge continued to grow; the larger railway companies wished to expand geographically, large areas were considered to be under their control. When a new
Grafton railway station, Auckland
Grafton Railway Station is a station serving the inner-city suburb of Grafton in Auckland, New Zealand. It is located on the Western Line of Auckland's passenger rail network and consists of an island platform located in a trench near the intersection of Khyber Pass Road and Park Road; the station opened on 11 April 2010. The station serves as a direct interchange with a large number of bus routes, including the InnerLink and buses travelling along the Central Connector, is located in close proximity to Auckland Hospital, Auckland Domain and the University of Auckland's Grafton and Newmarket campuses; the station has four entrances, as its platform extends under both Khyber Pass Road and Park Road, with stairs connecting the station to both sides of each road. Both of the Park Road stairs connect directly to bus stops. There is a lift on the western side of Park Road; the entrance on the southern side of Khyber Pass Road is adjacent to St Peter's College and students have direct access to the platform without having to cross any roads.
Up to a third of the school's students use Grafton station in the mornings and afternoons on school days. Transdev Auckland, on behalf of Auckland Transport, operates Western Line services to Britomart and Swanson; the off-peak weekday frequencies are: 3 trains per hour to Britomart 3 tph to SwansonBus routes 30, 70, 75, 295, 309, 321 and the Inner Link serve Grafton station. When the City Rail Link opens in 2023, rail services at Grafton Station will change significantly; the Western Line will no longer serve the station, as it will be rerouted through the new tunnels between Mount Eden and Britomart. Instead, the Southern Line will be rerouted through Grafton on its way between Newmarket and the City Centre, a new Crosstown Line will serve the station as part of its route between Henderson and Otahuhu. Grafton Station replaced Boston Road station, is located 300m north-east of the site of the former station; the station was re-sited at a cost of $3 million to make it closer to major destinations such as the hospital and to allow more direct interchange to bus routes than the previous site.
The line through the station was electrified in 2014, AM class EMUs replaced diesel powered trains on the Western Line in 2015. List of Auckland railway stations Public transport in Auckland
Fruitvale Road railway station
Fruitvale Road railway station is on the Western Line of the Auckland railway network. It is including two major high schools; the station was opened on 28 September 1953. In 2006/2007, the station was closed over summer to be upgraded, lengthened for 6-car trains, it is named after a nearby road. The road is not well known, thus new passengers will most have no idea which suburb this station serves, it has been proposed to rename it ` Kelston'. It is quite close to Kelston Shopping Centre, Kelston Girls' College and Kelston Deaf Education Centre. List of Auckland railway stations