The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 2, Issue 12 (April 1, 1928.)
Description of Goods Yard
Description of Goods Yard.
The goods yard is level throughout, there being insufficient space in which to develop an arrangement suitable for “hump” working or other gravity device.
The problem of eliminating reverse movements has been dealt with in the arrangement page 12 as far as is possible with the restricted room available. It will be noticeable, however, from the placement of sorting sidings with respect to reception and departure sidings, considerable reverse movement will be involved in the working of the yard.
Reception and departure sidings are of similar number and length, viz., three sidings each holding about seventy four-wheeled wagons.
All trains arriving in the reception sidings will be sorted in the “inwards” sorting sidings adjoining, and wagons despatched either to the “inwards” goods shed or precincts, to the wharves, or else to exchange sidings where they may be picked up for re-sorting if destined for some station beyond Auckland.
Wagons loaded on the wharves are delivered on the wharf exchange sidings, and thence marshalled through two groups of sorting sidings (marshalling yards Nos. 1 and 2) along with wagons from the “outward” goods shed and precincts. The “made-up” trains will then be placed on the adjoining departure sidings.
The cross-over across the departure sidings will enable long trains to be placed in their sidings in two sections without shunting out on the main running lines.
Direct connection is provided from the reception sidings to adjoining wagon repair sidings and repair shop. Provision is also made for the uninterrupted movement of engines between the engine depot, station platforms, and goods arrival and departure sidings.