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The History of the Springfield Area

Springfield is based at the foot of the Southern Alps and is where the serious railway construction began with 5 main viaducts, 16 tunnels and steep grades. Springfield serviced this high maintenance section of the Midland Railway Line with smaller depots at Staircase, Avoca, Craigieburn, Cass and Arthurís Pass.
It was also the base of steam locomotives, G, ABís, & KBís, with their crews. This saw approximately 70 people, at any one time, employed by NZR from the early 1920ís through to the mid 1980ís when the Springfield Tearooms finally closed due to the on board catering service and the depots being re-located in the main cities.

The Springfield tearooms re-opened in June 2003 as the Springfield Visitor Information Buro and Station73 Cafť. The tearooms now house photos and memorabilia of the years gone by and our Trust plans are to build from this (as a separate identity) to bring back operations to depict the Springfield Railway depot of old.
We intend on building this with live exhibitions, and projects as well as static displays for not only local New Zealanders to enjoy but travelers passing through the township.
In order to do this we invite to you apply to join the Midland Rail Heritage Trust as a member of the Trust.

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