Sta­tion job wins award

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

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.

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