The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 4, Issue 5 (September 1, 1929)
New Zealand Railways. New Northern Headquarters — Auckland's New Station and Yards
New Zealand Railways. New Northern Headquarters
Auckland's New Station and Yards
That the new station building at Auckland is now taking definite shape will be seen from the photograph below.
The massive steel framework is completed, and from it can be gained some conception of the impressive from and dimensions of the finished structure.
The white platform in front of the building is the elevated carriage way, which will be connected with Beach Road by ramped approaches, one of which can be seen on the left. Beneath the carriage way are the extensive luggage and baggage rooms, extending back under the main building.
The great booking hall, surmounted by a series of light roof trusses, can be seen in the middle of the framework, while the various offices extend in three storeys on either side of it.
To the right of the picture can be seen the new high level embankment connecting with the line to Newmarket.
The foreground, at present occupied by the main lines and carriage sidings, will be laid out as an extensive plaza with grass plots and gardens surmounted by a central flag pole.
Stretching into the distance to the right are the new train platforms, with their “butterfly” type reinforced concrete verandahs. These are an outstanding feature of the layout, and form a fine example of what can be done with reinforced concrete under skilful treatment.
The various platforms are connected to the main station by ramps and subways for both passengers and luggage.page break
The site of the new station is entirely on land that has been reclaimed from Auckland Harbour. This has necessitated very heavy piling, not only under the building itself, but under all retaining walls and platform verandahs. About 700 piles, ranging in length up to 70ft. have been driven.
The facade of the building will be in brick, with terra cotta embellishments, and the basement will be faced with New Zealand granite. The main feature of the front exterior is a grouping of three massive arches with windows set in solid bronze. The same feature is repeated within the booking hall, which is of spacious dimensions, being 110ft. by 40ft., with a ceiling height of 50ft.
It is aimed to have the building replete with all modern conveniences, and electrician and plumbers are busy with the reticulation of the building for hot water, steam, lighting, power, telephone and clock systems.
The new station will function not only as a railway terminal but as a high-class modern hotel, except for the absence of sleeping accommodation.
There will be lounges, rest rooms, bath and dressing rooms, toilet facilities, also dining, afternoon tea and coffee rooms, while shops will supply the eleventh hour needs of travellers.
The contractors, Messrs. J. T. Julian and Sons, are making good progress, and it is confidently expected that the station will be available for public use close to schedule time.