Masterton Railway Station

Masterton Railway Station
Metlink regional rail
Masterton railway station.JPG
Station statistics
Address Perry Street, Masterton
Coordinates 40°56.420′S 175°39.321′E / 40.94033°S 175.65535°E / -40.94033; 175.65535
Lines Wairarapa Line
Platforms Single
Tracks 1 mainline, 1 loop, 6 row sidings (3 in carriage fence area)
Parking Yes
Bicycle facilities Yes
Baggage check No
Other information
Opened 1 November 1880
Rebuilt 1967
Electrified No
Owned by Tranz Metro
Fare zone 14[1]
Preceding station   Tranz Metro   Following station
Terminus Wairarapa Connection
toward Wellington

Masterton railway station is a single-platform, urban railway station serving the town of Masterton in the Wairarapa district of New Zealand. The station lies on the Wairarapa Line, and is located at the end of Perry Street. It is one hour, thirty seven minutes journey time to Wellington. Trains for the Wairarapa Connection service terminate at this station. This station is one of three stations located in the town of Masterton, the others being Renall Street and Solway.

The station building is utilised for a ticket office and café, while the yard incorporates working freight handling facilities, good shed, turntable and engine/railcar shed.



The original Masterton station was erected in 1880 and included a goods shed, sheep and cattle yards, and an engine shed with coal and water facilities. In 1894 a windmill and pump were installed to improve the supply of water for use by the locomotives and station. In 1897 a turntable was installed, and in 1902 the station was refurbished, which included the addition of refreshment rooms. In 1954 a new 55-foot (17 m) turntable was installed, followed two years later by a railcar shed.

Following the introduction of diesel-electric locomotives in 1955, the engine shed was used by the Way and Works Branch until it became surplus to requirements at which time it was demolished. The water tanks, however, remained in place until their removal in November 1968.

In 1965 a new freight yard and goods shed were established to the west of the original one, followed by the opening in September 1967 of a new station building (the present day structure). The sheep and cattle yards were removed in August 1969.


In its early years the Napier Express passed through Masterton station before being re-routed along the west coast when the Wellington and Manawatu Railway Company's line was purchased in December 1908. Subsequently, Masterton was a through station for passenger services between Palmerston North/Woodville and Wellington, such as the steam-era Wairarapa Mail and subsequent services operated by NZR RM class Wairarapa, Standard, and 88 seater railcars. However, due to insufficient patronage, through trains between Palmerston North and Masterton officially ceased from Monday, 1 August 1988, with the last services running on Friday, 29 July 1988.

Presently the only passenger services with scheduled stops at this station are those of the Wairarapa Connection, which operates between Wellington and Masterton. There are five such services both ways Monday to Thursday, six services on Fridays and two services each way on Saturdays and Sundays. There is also a weekday freight service to/from Wellington (trains #645 and #644 respectively). A third freight service, number 640, sometimes passes through the station on Sundays on its way to Palmerston North from Wellington. This is the only scheduled freight service on the Masterton to Pahiatua section of the Wairarapa Line.



  • Cameron, Walter Norman (1976). A Line Of Railway: The Railway Conquest of the Rimutakas. Wellington: New Zealand Railway And Locomotive Society. ISBN 0-908573-00-6. 
  • Churchman, Geoffrey B.; Hurst, Tony (2001) [1990]. The Railways Of New Zealand: A Journey Through History (2nd edition ed.). Wellington: Transpress New Zealand. ISBN 0-908876-20-3. 
  • Bromby, Robin (2003). Rails That Built A Nation: An Encyclopedia of New Zealand Railways. Wellington: Grantham House Publishing. ISBN 1-86934-080-9. 


  1. ^ Metlink. "Text description of fare zone boundaries". Greater Wellington Regional Council. Retrieved 2007-11-27. 

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