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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 8, Issue 4 (August 1, 1933)

Three Plans

Three Plans.

“The Government has had before it the following alternative plans:—

“1. To provide a temporary station building and the greatest possible measure of the permanent lay-out.

“2. To complete the permanent scheme, including the station building.

“3. To continue working as at present.

“With respect to the last proposal, it has been demonstrated that it is impracticable to work the Tawa Flat deviation from the present station at Thorndon. The physical condition of the present stations at Thorndon and Lambton is, indeed, too well known to need any emphasis. They have long since passed the stage when they can afford any satisfaction to the public, while the conditions from an operating point of view could scarcely be more unsatisfactory. A similar position obtains as regards the locomotive depot facilities, while the whole layout involving the working of two stations, is both inconvenient and uneconomical.

Diagram shewing the existing grades on the line to Tawa Flat, and the improved gradesprovided by the deviation.

Diagram shewing the existing grades on the line to Tawa Flat, and the improved gradesprovided by the deviation.

“The No. 1 plan would enable operations to be concentrated in one station, but would involve the continued use of the Lambton Station buildings, and the provision of a temporary station building additional to the accommodation afforded by the Lambton Station. This scheme would have necessitated considerable, and probably costly, repairs to the existing Lambton buildings, and this cost as well as that of the temporary station would involve a substantial loss when the permanent scheme was eventually undertaken.