The Rangiora Railway Station is Looking a Bit Sad …

 

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The Rangiora Railway Station is the last one left in the District, and it is still used by people who want to catch or get off the TranzCoastal that runs between Christchurch and Picton, daily each way.  Most of the building is now a garden centre, but the platform and the canopy remain as a station.

The building is an Historic Place and, who knows, it might be wanted for commuter rail some time in the future.

But it’s looking a bit sad.  Can we as a community allow this to happen?  Please note that the operators of the garden centre are not the owners of the building.

The gable is staring to rot away - and note the bent spouting.

The gable is starting to rot away - and note the bent spouting.

It's hard to spot, but some of the ironwork is missing.

It is hard to spot, but some of the ironwork is missing.

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4 Responses to “The Rangiora Railway Station is Looking a Bit Sad …”

  1. Helen Stanley Says:

    November 16, 2008 at 7:40 pm
    Hi David,

    I can’t see that you have mentioned that you are a member of the Landmarks Team!!!

    Great site though, where do you get time?

    I learnt something too, we hadn’t realised that there was a website for the dudley pool.

    Cheers

    Helen

  2. Tony Barnett Says:

    22.11.08

    Hullo David
    As a railway buff and potential future user of the commuter train, which will surely return within the next 15-20 years, I think it is imperative that the Rangiora Railway Station be maintained well.
    This is slightly off-beam. I read that the Ashburton Railway Station could be demolished. I also think it is imperative that it be preserved, for the same reasons as for the Rangiora Station.
    Could my concerns for both stations be relayed to ECan?
    Tony Barnett

  3. David Ayers Says:

    Thanks Tony. Unfortunately, ECan doesn’t have any jurisdiction over the railway stations – and in the case of Rangiora’s, neither does the Waimakariri Council (I don’t know about Ashburton with regard to Ashburton District Council). There seems to be no legal way to force an owner to maintain an historic building.

  4. Cafe de la Gare Says:

    Hi David
    Not sure if you already know,
    But the Railway Station has been restored to its former Glory and is now operating as a French Cafe “Cafe de la Gare”
    its worth checking out !
    Open 7Days from 8am
    open late Thurs FriSat for Fine Dining
    Bookings 3136018

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