Plans for Trafalgar Park train station on track

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Last updated 12:58 09/04/2014
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HEAVY LIFTING: Bob Murray, left, and Daryl Murray, of Smith Crane and Construction, guides part of the former Tui Railway Station on to a railway carriage before its move to a new temporary location at Founders Park.

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A Tui train station for Trafalgar Park? . . . Yeah right.

There will be if the Nelson Railway Society sees its dream come to fruition, and despite hitting a few speed bumps in recent years, the plan is still on track.

The society is not giving up on its aim to one day have the Founders Heritage Park railway extend beyond its current end near Sovereign St to a point beside Trafalgar Park. Yesterday it positioned half the former Tui railway station building to a new temporary location within Founders Park. It will serve as a museum until the day it might be moved to Trafalgar Park.

Longtime society member and key driver of the project Bob Murray said one half of the former Tui station was shifted from the area near Tadmor to Founders seven or eight years ago. It was refurbished and placed beside Miyazu Gardens. The other half, the section moved yesterday, had been sitting near the workshop opposite the main station at Founders.

"We're aiming to put it near Hathaway Terrace, but in the meantime we'll use it as a museum of the old railway," Murray said.

In 2009 the Nelson Railway Society approached the city council with plans to extend the existing line 350 metres from where it now ends at Grove Station, near Sovereign St, to lower Trafalgar St. It is part of the society's wider project to extend the railway into Hathaway Tce, near Trailways Hotel. The society has already built a custom-made railcar to service the new link that would take passengers on the tourist railway service from Founders Heritage Park to downtown Nelson.

The society spent $15,000 in recent years on resource consent applications and peer reviews for the extension project, which was put on hold after public objection to the train rolling past the area near Sovereign St residents.

In 2011 the society temporarily shelved plans and withdrew its resource consent application, but intended to revive the plan at a later date.

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