Solway Railway Station

Solway Railway Station

Infobox Station
type=Metlink regional rail

image_caption=Historic station shelter
address=Ngaumutawa Road, Masterton
coordinates= coord|40|57|11.94|S|175|37|30.72|E|type:railwaystation_region:NZ
line=Wairarapa Line
structure=Vogel Class 6 (Heritage Shelter)
zone=14 [cite web |url= |title=Text description of fare zone boundaries |accessdate=2007-11-27 |accessmonthday= |accessdaymonth= |accessyear= |author=Metlink |last= |first= |authorlink=Public transport in Wellington |coauthors= |date= |year= |month= |format= |work= |publisher=Greater Wellington Regional Council |pages= |language= |doi= |archiveurl= |archivedate= |quote= ]
former=Kurupuni, Purakau

Solway railway station is an urban, single platform railway station serving the Wairarapa town of Masterton in New Zealand’s North Island. It is located on Ngaumutawa Road, between Hillcrest Street and Judds Road. It is one of three railway stations in the town of Masterton, the others being Masterton and Renall Street.

As part of the Wairarapa station upgrade program to prepare stations for use with the new SW-class fleet of passenger carriages, this station was due to have the necessary modifications made between 14 May2007 and late August 2007. [cite news |first=Matt |last=Radley |authorlink= |coauthors= |title=New Metlink Wairarapa train and Wairarapa station improvements |url= |work= |publisher=Greater Wellington Regional Council |date=2007-05-14 |accessdate=2007-10-29 ] [cite news |first=JO |last=MOIR |authorlink= |coauthors= |title=Station upgrades on schedule |url= |work= |publisher=Wairarapa Times-Age |date=2007-06-13 |accessdate=2007-10-29 ]


By the time the railway between Wellington and Masterton was opened on 1 November 1880, a station had been erected south of Masterton, including a shelter and platform, and was known as Kurupuni. The station was briefly known as Purakau between 1908 and 1912 when it was renamed to Solway. [cite book |last= Cameron |first= Walter Norman |authorlink= |coauthors= |editor= |others= |title= A Line Of Railway: The Railway Conquest of the Rimutakas |origdate= |origyear= |origmonth= |url= |format= |accessdate= |accessyear= |accessmonth= |edition= |series= |date= |year= 1976 |month= |publisher= New Zealand Railway and Locomotive Society |location= Wellington |language= |isbn= 0-908573-00-6 |oclc= |doi= |id= |pages= |chapter= |chapterurl= |quote= ]

A new car park was built at the station in 2001 by the Masterton District Council as part of a regional programme to "Enhance and expand urban public passenger transport facilities and services". [cite conference |first=Kevin |last=Grace |authorlink= |coauthors= |title=Current Status of Passenger Transport Infrastructure Projects |booktitle=Passenger Transport Committee |pages= |publisher=Greater Wellington Regional Council |date=2001-07-30 |location= |url= | format =PDF |accessdate=2007-10-29 |id= ] [cite conference |first=Anthony |last=Brennand |authorlink= |coauthors= |title=New Items on the Passenger Transport Infrastructure Priority Lists |booktitle=Passenger Transport Committee |pages= |publisher=Greater Wellington |date=1999-03-10 |location= |url= |accessdate=2007-10-29 |id= ]

In 2006, it was proposed that the historic Class 6 station shelter shed at Solway station be removed to a fenced yard at the Carterton Station yards to make way for a new shelter and platform improvements. After concern was expressed by local residents, the plan was rescinded. [cite news |first=JO |last=MOIR |authorlink= |coauthors= |title=Solway station to stay where it is |url= |work= |publisher=Wairarapa Times-Age |date=2007-03-13 |accessdate=2007-10-29 ]



External links

* Passenger timetables from [ Metlink] and [ Tranz Metro] .

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