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Re: Sockburn Private Sidings

Postby Kahukowhai » Sat Feb 08, 2014 9:36 am

I am currently mapping Christchurch area historical lines and sidings using 1973 aerials and have done so far Lyttelton, and working eastward from Templeton at present. Maps will be posted into this collection as they are produced: Christchurch Rail Maps http://www.flickr.com/photos/enzedrail/collections/72157640648885224/
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Re: Sockburn Private Sidings

Postby Kahukowhai » Sun Feb 09, 2014 2:43 pm

All exceedingly interesting and the sort of thing I don't get time to look at today so this is very good.

You may have seen this newsletter from the National Rail Museum with a historical article about Sockburn station.

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Re: Sockburn Private Sidings

Postby Kahukowhai » Sun Feb 09, 2014 6:43 pm

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It is understood the third road is to be reinstated between Sockburn Yard and the 18.5km peg. Interestingly, the third road (like the fourth road) was laid in increments. A piece once served as the private siding for the Sockburn Abattoir, (then known as Canterbury Bye Products). See the drawing below which dates from about 1957.

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The 1973 aerial imagery shows that the abattoir had its own siding which only served its premises. The third road as it was at that time started further south, opposite the Ravensdown plant.
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Re: Sockburn Private Sidings

Postby Kahukowhai » Sun Feb 09, 2014 8:08 pm

So far, I haven't found anything that tells me there used to be a continuous third road between Sockburn and Hornby.

What I am seeing with the documents I have at hand is the third road ended just beyond the Curletts Road bridge at Sockburn.

Going west there was the separate piece of track called the Abattoir Siding, which by the mid 90s was not in use any longer, although stock transport by rail probably ceased considerably earlier. It was shown as an isolated siding on a S&I diagram I have which I believe dates from the 1980s.

Then there was a "third road" that started up again closer to Hornby, the one you refer to (ends just off the end of Gerald Connolly Drive). Even in the mid 1990s there were no industrial premises in this area, it was all empty or farm land.

My belief is the Abattoir siding piece of track was never linked through to the Hornby third road (or the Sockburn third road). The Hornby third road backshunt was later extended in the direction of Sockburn to where it currently ends, due to the construction of new premises with sidings added to them.
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Re: Sockburn Private Sidings

Postby Gerald Petrie » Mon Feb 10, 2014 11:50 am

Kahukowhai wrote:So far, I haven't found anything that tells me there used to be a continuous third road between Sockburn and Hornby.

What I am seeing with the documents I have at hand is the third road ended just beyond the Curletts Road bridge at Sockburn.

Going west there was the separate piece of track called the Abattoir Siding, which by the mid 90s was not in use any longer, although stock transport by rail probably ceased considerably earlier. It was shown as an isolated siding on a S&I diagram I have which I believe dates from the 1980s.

Then there was a "third road" that started up again closer to Hornby, the one you refer to (ends just off the end of Gerald Connolly Drive). Even in the mid 1990s there were no industrial premises in this area, it was all empty or farm land.

My belief is the Abattoir siding piece of track was never linked through to the Hornby third road (or the Sockburn third road). The Hornby third road backshunt was later extended in the direction of Sockburn to where it currently ends, due to the construction of new premises with sidings added to them.


I've had my suspicions about this as well. My source for the term 'reinstatement' was someone inside Kiwirail. I would say it wont be a true reinstatement as there will be some new track involved. The photo below is in my view is the clincher. It is a stop block at 18.40km. The age of the thing says it all.
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Re: Sockburn Private Sidings

Postby pete » Tue Feb 11, 2014 9:31 am

There used to be a siding immediately south of the Curletts Road overbridge that linked into Cable Price Steel (which is now Target Furniture and a few other businesses). I was there in mid 1980's, and at that stage there were still periodic rakes of flat decks with loads of steel being pushed into the Cable Price Steel and Cable Price Equipment sites. Any info as to when that stopped?
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Re: Sockburn Private Sidings

Postby Gerald Petrie » Tue Feb 11, 2014 9:28 pm

Not sure when the Cable Price siding ceased operating, but here's a photo from May 1962. Naturally this was before Curlett's Road overbridge was built. The sawtooth roofed building is International Harvestor.
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And here's the uncropped version.
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Re: Sockburn Private Sidings

Postby Kahukowhai » Sun Feb 16, 2014 8:22 pm

pete wrote:There used to be a siding immediately south of the Curletts Road overbridge that linked into Cable Price Steel (which is now Target Furniture and a few other businesses). I was there in mid 1980's, and at that stage there were still periodic rakes of flat decks with loads of steel being pushed into the Cable Price Steel and Cable Price Equipment sites. Any info as to when that stopped?


The siding track still exists crossing Cable St and there may even still be a turnout off the third road.

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Re: Sockburn Private Sidings

Postby Gerald Petrie » Wed Feb 19, 2014 10:45 am

The re-sleepering is now progressing towards Sockburn. Three diggers are now on the job.
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I am now told that this work is being done in anticipation of the ballast cleaner coming to Christchurch. Does anyone know where the ballast cleaner is at the moment?
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Re: Sockburn Private Sidings

Postby Gerald Petrie » Sat Feb 22, 2014 9:22 pm

The resleepering job is finished. All the diggers are gone, and all the spare sleepers have been taken away.
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Re: Sockburn Private Sidings

Postby Kahukowhai » Sun Feb 23, 2014 10:30 pm

Here is a draft set of maps for Sockburn. I won't post the individual images as they will be replaced by production maps once finished, and that would break all the images if they were posted in this message.

One of the more interesting features of Sockburn is that it formerly had an island platform with a signalbox, just like all the stations between Addington and Templeton (inclusive). Unlike most of the other stations the platform has been removed and the mains straightened.

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Re: Sockburn Private Sidings

Postby Kahukowhai » Wed Feb 26, 2014 10:40 pm

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Re: Sockburn Private Sidings

Postby Kahukowhai » Sat Mar 01, 2014 6:27 pm

Thanks Gerald for the info about the siding developments at Mainfreight. Of course this is on the edge of McAlpine St.

I am interested in location where Pacific Scrap was as I understand they were in the areas, and at what point in time did they close down or are they still operational there. As Gordon Bartram has wrote that Pacifics had a site at Sockburn for many years which was involved with scrapping steam locomotives at first.

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This map is taken 1973 with all the sidings of the whole area drawn over it. At the left you have Canterbury Seeds which later became Daily Freightways. The building shown was demolished sometime around 2007-08. The siding on the northern boundary is now disused although the track appears to be in place still.

On the right you have Holcim Cement's siding next to Curletts Road which was being built into SH73 at the time, the overbridge not yet built then but earthworks for the road itself were underway.

The main McAlpine St siding can be seen in the lower centre. Mainfreight is now established between the siding and McAlpine St itself towards Jipco Road end.
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Re: Sockburn Private Sidings

Postby Kahukowhai » Sat Mar 01, 2014 6:50 pm

Your photos and this GE show that Transpacific is using the site immediately west of Mainstream.

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McAlpine St 2009 by enzedrail, on Flickr

Hence the green, red and yellow coloured trucks visible in various photos.

The track seems to have split in two along the border of Mainstream/Transpacific. Which end were the points at or was this a loop?

Also I assume Mainfreight was not using the siding at this site, as they occupy the site opposite Mainstream.



Gerald Petrie wrote:Mainstream Freight occupy the former Wilder's Transport yard which fronts onto Jipco Road. The yard also has access to the McAlpine Street Siding. In April work started on cleaning up the siding, as no party had used the siding since Wilders went bust last century.

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As the siding is on its own Railway Reserve, Kiwirail were responsible for refurbishing the siding. After removing weeds and topsoil build-up, spot resleepering took place with new treated pine sleepers.

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A lot of new black painted bedplates were inserted as well.

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According to an internal Kiwirail newsletter, a trial shunt entered the siding in total darkness in the morning of Thursday 11 July 2013.

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The first revenue shunt went into the siding at the end of July. The photo below was taken on the 3rd of August.

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Jipco Road is behind the photographer.
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Re: Sockburn Private Sidings

Postby Kahukowhai » Sat Mar 01, 2014 6:55 pm

To put it another way there appears to be a second track along the back of Mainfreight and possibly at least two sets of points. This appears to be much disused as seen in the photos.

The siding was put in for Brambles in the mid 1970s according to the Kate Valley site.
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Re: Sockburn Private Sidings

Postby Kahukowhai » Sat Mar 01, 2014 7:04 pm

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McAlpine St 1984. The siding for Brambles/Mainfreight clearly in use with multiple tracks in place.
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Re: Sockburn Private Sidings

Postby Kahukowhai » Mon Mar 03, 2014 7:45 pm

Updated set of maps for "Sockburn" (depending on what area you consider to be Sockburn)

I will post a commentary if there is interest; at the moment this topic seems to have died.

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Re: Sockburn Private Sidings

Postby Gerald Petrie » Sat Mar 22, 2014 3:01 pm

The ballast cleaning train returned to Christchurch last week after spending time up the Midland line. The Owens siding is off to the right.
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The turnout to the old International Harvester siding can be seen just before the gate.
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Re: Sockburn Private Sidings

Postby Gerald Petrie » Sun Apr 13, 2014 1:25 pm

The ballast cleaner has been hard at work beneath the Sockburn Overbridge today. I'll let the photos do the talking.

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Re: Sockburn Private Sidings

Postby Gerald Petrie » Thu Apr 17, 2014 5:11 pm

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Mainfreight's new complex is taking shape.

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