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Islington Sidings

Postby Kahukowhai » Sat Mar 01, 2014 9:47 am

Gerald has mentioned that Halls moved from their site on the HIL to Islington where they are now established but do not yet have a rail siding into their site.

The site is adjacent to the Islington ballast siding as shown in these three images.

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iss1941 by enzedrail, on Flickr

This 1941 aerial shows the siding(s) at Islington ballast siding. Possibly the pit feeding the siding was the one shown lower right. Top centre can be seen a siding at Islington Freezing Works.

Compared to today there was definitely one additional siding going further in the vague direction of the pit, that had wagons in it at the time, and there was possibly a third siding which ran along to Foremans Road.

The future site of Halls is lower left.

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iss2004 by enzedrail, on Flickr

This GE image was taken 2004 and shows the same general area. The additional siding(s) at Islington ballast siding (the one in green unconfirmed) are shown (long gone) and also the end of the double track from Christchurch.

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iss2012 by enzedrail, on Flickr

The first GE imagery showing development at the site is this 2012 one, appearing to show the premises under construction. It has since opened.

The Islington ballast siding remains in use today. The ballast is probably quarried at a Fulton Hogan site about 1 km north. Some may remember as I did Pavroc's quarry in Islington, taken over by FH a good many years ago now and I think the site was closed down and has been redeveloped. Islington is very different today from what it was 50 or so years ago.
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Re: Islington Sidings

Postby Kahukowhai » Sat Mar 01, 2014 10:20 am

The Pavroc site is the one shown in these photos which was a quarry for quite a long time and subsequently redeveloped into the main base of FH, but not quarrying there anymore.

The main quarry of FH now being in Pound Road a bit north, was apparently a Farrier Waimak site. F-W was in concrete production, and had a siding at McAlpine St, Sockburn.
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Re: Islington Sidings

Postby Kahukowhai » Sat Mar 01, 2014 12:46 pm

Now for the rest of Islington.

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The map of the ballast siding area. The ballast siding is still used regularly and is fully gated allowing Kiwirail Infrastructure to store wagons there when needed.

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Carrying on east we next encounter the freezing works. The closure of these works was announced at the same time as Burnside works in Dunedin, which I believe off the top of my head was about 1988/89/90. Like Burnside the site's coolstores carried on in use for many years afterwards. They had two ex-NZR DS shunters which in recent years with the discontinuance of rail operation have found their way to Springfield for preservation. Two different siding layouts are shown on the west side of the works, which are mutually exclusive. The later layout was the one which is parallel to the more eastern tracks and did incorporate a diamond crossing over one of them. The freezing works site is now being redeveloped for a business park. Nearly all the track was still in place including road crossings in 2012.

Islington station like every station between Christchurch and Templeton on the MSL had an island passenger platform and signalbox, and nearly all those stations also had footbridges.

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Continuing east and showing some of the yard trackage.

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The other siding customer at Islington was the NZED which developed just north of the railway. Their siding crossed Moffett Street in a pylon corridor and once inside the property split in two. Although the siding has been disused for many years the pylon corridor track was still in place until about 10 years ago when I believe it was lifted by a preservation group. Some track remains inside the complex. This siding had its own small locomotive to move the wagons around.
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Re: Islington Sidings

Postby Gibbo » Tue Mar 25, 2014 3:35 pm

Is Halls no longer using rail to / from Chch or are they using an alternative siding at present?
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