Waterloo Weekday Trains

This page documents the weekday commuter trains starting from, terminating at and passing through Waterloo from 1927, when the Hutt Branch Railway was opened, until 1947 when the line was extended to Taita.

Background   Signalling   Running Times   Number of Trains   Up Timetable   Down Timetable


Background

On the 26th of May 1927 a double track branch railway was opened from Petone to Waterloo, a distance of 2 3/4 miles. There were intermediate stations at Ava and Woburn. 64% of the cost of construction came from the sale of land. A branch was constructed south from Woburn to serve the new Hutt Railway Workshops, the Hutt Park Racecourse (1929) and other industrial establishments. The first section of the industrial line was completed by 1927 and in 1943 it was extended to its present length of 2 1/4 miles.

On 7 January 1946 the branch was extended from Waterloo to Naenae as a single track. On 14 April 1947 the branch was extended from Naenae to Taita and the Waterloo - Naenae section doubled.

Electric trains to Taita began running on 12 October 1953 and on 28 February 1954 diesel hauled Upper Hutt trains were diverted to the new line, which by now was connected between Taita and Haywards (Manor Park). Electrified services to Upper Hutt began on 24 July 1955. EMUs were used, supplemented during peak periods by ordinary trains hauled by electric locomotives. In the 1970s the electric locomotives were replaced by diesel locomotives and finally on 4 November 1982 all carriage trains were replaced by EMUs.

In the 1980s Waterloo station was demolished and on 26 November 1988 the Waterloo Interchange (Hutt Central) was opened. From this date Wainuiomata buses connected with trains at Waterloo rather than Woburn.


Signalling And Trackwork

Over the past twenty years the trackwork at Waterloo has been substantially reduced. Today there are no track structures at Waterloo. See my Hutt Valley Signalling History page for details.


Running Times

Wellington - Waterloo (minutes)

  1928 1938 1947 1995
Stopping 29 (3) 26 (4) 24 (5) 22
Limited Stops       17
  1. 1928, 1937, 1947 times from Working Timetables.
  2. 1995 time from public timetable.
  3. Running times were consistant.
  4. Times varied. On Saturday some trains took 25 - 29 minutes. An empty train took 23 minutes.
  5. Times varied from 24 to 27 minutes. Most trains terminated at Taita and the departure time from Waterloo is shown in the Timetable; the running times are probably slightly less than shown here.


Number Of Trains

Wellington - Waterloo
Number of trains daily, Monday - Saturday.

Care should be used in looking at these figures. The numbers of trains on a weekday depends on which trains have been included - e.g. Wed, Sat only; Fri only. I have listed the rules I used in counting the numbers of trains at the end of the table.

  1928 1938 1947 1955 1971 1980 1995
Monday - Friday 11 14 26 50 42 40 53
Saturday 9 13 22 39 * 25 37
               
Terminate at Waterloo 11 14 2 1 1 0 0
  1. * - Data not available (Iforgot to photocopy it!)
  2. All rows exclude trains which do not stop at Waterloo.
  3. All rows exclude Wed, Sat only trains
  4. All rows exclude Empty trains.
  5. All rows exclude Friday only trains.
  6. "Terminate at Waterloo" numbers are for Monday - Friday.

Waterloo - Wellington
Number of trains daily, Monday - Saturday.

Care should be used in looking at these figures. The numbers of trains on a weekday depends on which trains have been included - e.g. Wed, Sat only; Fri only. I have listed the rules I used in counting the numbers of trains at the end of the table.

  1928 1938 1947 1955 1971 1980 1995
Monday - Friday 13 15 29 51 45 41 53
Saturday 12 15 22 35 26 25 37
               
Terminate at Waterloo 13 15 3 1 2 0 0
  1. All rows exclude trains which do not stop at Waterloo.
  2. All rows exclude Wed, Sat only trains
  3. All rows exclude Empty trains.
  4. All rows exclude Friday only trains.
  5. "Originate at Waterloo" numbers are for Monday - Friday.


Up Trains (Wellington - Waterloo)

I have used the following codes:

S Saturday
K Wednesday, Saturday
F Friday
X Not (eXcept) Friday
U Not Saturday
J Saturday skip Ngauranga, Kaiwharawhara
E Empty
T Terminate at Taita
N Terminate at Naenae

Up Trains - Monday to Saturday
The times given are when the trains arrive at or pass Waterloo.

1927 1928 1937 1947
      00:54TS
      06:05T
      06:21TUE
      06:37T
  06:39E 06:41 06:46NE
07:15   07:08EU 07:15T
07:35     07:33E
  07:44 07:41 07:40TU
      07:52TS
  08:02 07:59 07:59U
      08:44T
    09:27 09:44T
10:00      
  10:29   10:44T
      11:44T
12:00 (noon)U
12:11S
  12:11S 12:16TS
  12:29U 12:26U  
  12:40S 12:38S  
    12:48S 12:45T
13:10S   13:06S  
13:45 13:39S 13:38S 13:44T
  14:14 14:10S  
      14:44T
      15:46T
16:00      
  16:29 16:33 16:29T
      16:51U
17:10 17:14U 17:11U 17:13TU
      17:27NU
  17:39 17:38U 17:35TU
    17:44SJ 17:43TU
    17:45UJ 17:45TS
18:05 18:10U 18:07U 18:06T
  18:39 18:36 18:37T
      19:44T
    20:55X 20:56T
  21:44F 21:40F 21:46TU
22:15      
  22:44U 22:42U 22:44T
  23:34K 23:30K 23:24T
  1. All trains terminate at Waterloo unless otherwise specified.
  2. All trains run Monday - Saturday unless otherwise specified.
  3. Times are arrival times at Waterloo for trains which terminate at Waterloo; for trains which terminate at Naenae or Taita the departure time from Waterloo is given.
  4. 1927 times are from a public notice in the Evening Post of 21 May 1927. The 1928, 1937 and 1947 times are from the WTTs.


Down Trains ( Waterloo - Wellington)

I have used the following codes:

S Saturday
K Wednesday, Saturday
F Friday
X Not (eXcept) Friday
U Not Saturday
E Empty
T Originate at Taita
N Originate at Naenae

Down Trains - Monday to Saturday
The times given are when the trains depart from or pass Waterloo.

1927 1928 1937 1947
      01:38TS
06:50 06:51 06:54 06:52T
      07:13TU
07:16 07:17 07:19U 07:18UN
    07:25 07:23T
      07:49U
07:54 07:55 07:57 07:56T
08:15 08:16 08:19 08:16U
      08:23TU
      08:33TS
    09:35 09:28T
10:45 10:46   10:28T
11:33S 11:34S 11:42S 11:28T
    12:19S 12:28T
12:50S 12:51S 12:54S 12:58TS
13:05U   13:03ES  
  13:31U 13:20 13:28T
13:50S 13:51S 13:54S  
14:30 14:31 14:35S 14:28T
      15:28T
16:46 16:47 16:48 16:41T
      17:00U
      17:15T
    17:42UE  
17:50 17:51 17:52  
      18:02UN
  18:18U 18:18U 18:15TU
      18:43T
18:50 18:51 18:50U 18:49TU
  19:06U 19:04 19:08T
      19:18T
      20:38T
    21:24X 21:38T
  21:56F 21:56F  
22:55 22:56U 22:56U 22:28TU
    23:38K 23:28T
  23:46K    
      00:03T
  1. All trains originate at Waterloo unless otherwise specified.
  2. All trains run Monday - Saturday unless otherwise specified.
  3. 1927 times are from a public notice in the Evening Post of 21 May 1927. The 1928, 1937 and 1947 times are from the WTTs.

Last Updated: Saturday, September 13, 2003

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