Seaview Sidings

On 9 November 2002 work had started on lifting the Seaview sidings. Work was also about to start on lifting most of the Gracefield yard. This page documents the Seaview sidings in those final days.

The National Archives holds copies of Gracefield/Seaview Lists of Private Siding Rights for 1970, 1974 and 1980. I have not yet determined the location of these sidings or identified those that remain today.

The Gracefield Industrial Line is documented in my Hutt Park Trains page.


The photographs are displayed in a sequence from Seaview Road to the end of the sidings. The photograph numbers correspond with those in the diagram.

Click on an image for a full size photo.....

1. Looking south-east across Seaview Road to the start of the Seaview sidings. The Gracefield yard is behind the camera.    (11/12 )

2. Location cabinet for crossing alarms. Seaview Road is on the right.    (43/5 )

3. Mobil siding on the left. The width of the right of way is already apparent. The rear of shunt signal XR is on the left.    (41/16)

4. Looking north-west across Seaview Road to the Gracefield yard. Mobil siding on the right.    (41/18 )

5. The Mobil siding is on the left The "main" curves to the right. Looking south-east.    (41/17 )

6. Siding into the Mobil Depot. Looking south.    (42/12 )

7. Lone Mobil tank wagon.    (42/14 )

8. Another view of the "main" curving to the right. On the right (nor visible) is a large area of cleared Shell land. Just before the first pole a points lever can be seen - a siding once ran from here into the now vacant land.     (41/19)

9. Turnout to a group of sidings is on the left. One of the buildings is now used for paper recycling - there was a fire here recently. Looking west towards the Newlands ridge.   (42/1 )

10. Looking back towards Gracefield. Note the two light standards. There is evidence that the surface in the vicinity was once sealed. The Seaview Road crossing is to the left of the red building. The cleared Shell land is on the left. The paper recyclers is behind the camera.   (42/11)

11. The track on the left curves between the fence and the recycling building.    (42/2 )

12. The siding on the right turns to the north to serve Sims and various sidings to the north of Barnes Street. Straight ahead there are four parallel dead end sidings - I think that they were called the Exchange sidings. From the rightmost of these tracks is Lennard's siding.    (42/4 )

13. Looking east along the exchange sidings. Laid up tank wagons have now been moved here - the photos were taken on two visits about a week apart.    (43/17)

14. This Turpentine wagion may have been used for KInleith traffic.   

15. Looking east from the end of the exchange sidings.    (43/16 )

16. The end of the exchange sidings. Looking north-west, with the Newlands ridge in the background.   (42/8 )

17. The siding to Sims and the various Barnes Street crossings.    (42/7 )

18. Sims siding is on the left. Beyond the Sims turnout there is a second turnout. One siding curves to the left and crosses Barnes Street. The other curves to the right and passes in front of the blue objects, before also crossing Barnes Street.    (42/5 )

19. Looking in the opposite direction to the photo on the left (18). In the right centre is the Sims turnout. Both tracks in the left foreground cross Barnes Street. The fence on the left seems new.   (43/19 )

20. Barnes Street and a well constructed (and expensive?) private siding. Looking north-west. See photo 21 for a view in the opposite direction.   (42/23 )

21. Looking across Barnes Street in the opposite direction to photo 20. Click here for a photo of the same spot taken in March 2001.   (41/14 )

22. Looking along Barnes Street to the Newlands ridge. There are only three tracks and I could not find any signs of the fourth.   (11/14 )

23. Looking east along Barnes Street. The Wainuiomata hill road is top left. The Seaview reclamation was not finished until the early 1960s so I doubt that the sidings ever saw a steam locomotive (Silverstream Railway excepted).    (29/4 )

24. Sign of the times. Photographed in Barnes Street.    (41/13 )

25. Looking south along the westerly of the three tracks crossing Barnes Street. Point Howard top right. On the left is the middle siding which has been disconnected on the right of the stop blocks.   (11/15)

26. Looking north along the siding that once served Shell/BP. There are now large areas of vacant land here.   (42/20 )

27. Looking north. The Shell/BP oil terminal was beyond the containers.    (42/21 )

28. The remains of the middle siding. Many buildings have been recently demolished.    (42/22 )

Last Updated: Tue Mar 18 18:02:00 NZDT 2008

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