Station job wins award
The many man hours put in by volunteers upgrading Plimmerton’s railway station has seen it earn a restoration award from the Rail Heritage Trust of New Zealand.
The Plimmerton Residents Association (PRA) drove the project in tandem with Porirua City Council and KiwiRail. After gutting and fitting out the inside – carried out by 120 volunteers over much of 2010, around 2000 hours of labour in all – a model railway shop and modern waiting room was established, and a new $35,000 roof built.
Allan Dodson, the project’s co-ordinator, says the award is a welcome surprise, and recognition of the work that went in.
‘‘It’s great for everyone involved. The attention to detail, and to restore the station to as near as it once was, was very important. We met all the criteria [that the Rail Heritage Trust were looking for].’’
He says there is still work to be done around the station, with further upgrades and maintenance to follow.
PRA chairman Colin Bleasdale says the fact Ian Welch and Mainline Steam were also acknowledged recently for the restoration of a famous old steam engine shows how Plimmerton is placing value in its rail legacy.
A brass plaque commemorating the award will eventually take pride of place in the station’s waiting room.
Community project: Residents and tradespeople from Plimmerton gave many hours last year to upgrade the railway station, which has won a national restoration award.