Springfield - New Zealand
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member superstein
S 43° 20.069 E 171° 55.865
59G E 575478 N 5201619
Quick Description: Springfield Station is a trainstation who was build in 1965.
Location: New Zealand
Date Posted: 2/16/2021 1:21:49 AM
Waymark Code: WM13TCK
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member fi67
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Long Description:
Springfield Station
Built 1965

Architecture

Springfield is a large gabled rectangular structure with a verandah on the platform elevation. Steel-framed, with some walls built of Summerhill stone, it has long-run iron on both the main building roof and the verandah. The internal layout has an office, luggage room, public lobby, toilets and refreshment room. The latter was designed to make the most of the views of the Southern Alps.

History

Springfield has had three station buildings. The first, a class 4, was built presumably for the opening of the Midland line as far as Springfield in 1880. The opening of Otira Tunnel in 1923 and the completion of the link between Christchurch and Greymouth greatly increased traffic on the line, and stations such as Springfield required more accommodation to cope. Early in 1923 a new Troup Gable station and yard were built, some distance from the site of the old station. Springfield also became important as a locomotive depot. In 1944 the goods shed was destroyed by fire and immediately replaced. Less than 21 years later fire claimed a large part of Springfield's second station and refreshment rooms. A new station was quickly in the planning but it was two years before the present building was opened by the Minister of Railways, J. K. McAlpine, on 15 June 1965. Questions over the future of Springfield were raised in the late 1970s but in 1980 it was recommended the building be retained. Springfield retained its role as a locomotive depot until recent years. In 1986 the station closed except for passengers and for operating purposes.
Is the station/depot currently used for railroad purposes?: Yes

Is the station/depot open to the public?: Yes

What rail lines does/did the station/depot serve?: Kiwi Rail

If the station/depot is not being used for railroad purposes, what is it currently used for?: Not listed

Station/Depot Web Site: Not listed

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