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Rail vehicle shed

Some of the team working on the rail vehicle shed

The rail vehicle shed at Maymorn has been one of the primary projects for the Trust over the last few years. A huge amount of design work, engineering consultation, planning and project management has gone into the structure. The vast majority of the foundation work, component fabrication and final construction has been undertaken by volunteers working in their spare time. The decision to replicate an original 1911 New Zealand Railways 2-road engine shed design has paid dividends in that the Maymorn station has a real railway depot “feel” about it. The building will also complement future heritage railway operations.

Recent posts

Concrete floor, steps and wall cladding

An update on work done on Saturday 7 May 2016 - we placed 2.4m3 of concrete, casting a set of steps into the road 1 inspection pit, and two floor slabs. Complicated form work and a lot of manual concrete placing - but well worth the effort. The steps and floor slabs have tidied up the inspection pit area of the shed, finishing up some loose ends from previous pours.

8 May 2016

Workshop update - Summer 2015/16

Since our last update on 7 December - Workshop floor gets funding boost - we have placed over 20 cubic metres of concrete floor in the workshop. The transformation to the workshop building is significant - its fantastic to have so much usable floor area.

Only one road of the shed will be fitted with rails at this stage, and the "road three" rail beams are being boarded over to provide a continuous floor for machine tools, work benches and storage areas.

21 February 2016

Workshop floor gets funding boost

We're grateful for recent grants from Cossie Club Upper Hutt and Rimutaka Trust, which have given us a much needed boost towards completing our workshop.

Reinforcing steel and concrete will be purchased with the funding, and by the end of December we are likely to have most of the floor in place. 

A few photos of recent work follows:

7 December 2015

Progress with inspection pit

Over the last couple of weeks we have put a lot of work into a 10-metre length of wall, part of the inspection pit facilities within our rail vehicle shed at Maymorn. The reinforcing and associated form work is fairly complex and requires careful and methodical work.

19 May 2012

Inspection pit concrete pour

Today we placed 6 cubic metres of concrete into the rail vehicle shed inspection pits. Big thanks to Rimutaka Trust for funding, and John de Graaff for finishing and floating the concrete.

The new floor is a long-awaited enhancement to facilities in the shed. Over the past 18 months we have installed inspection pit steel columns and running rails for one road, which is already in use.

15 October 2011

Another milestone for rail vehicle shed

On Saturday 27 August 2011 we finally closed in the rail vehicle shed, fitting the last of three pedestrian access doors. Over the past few months we have also installed four big bi-folding train doors - so we're fairly close to having a complete exterior shell.

Remaining exterior work includes:

  • fitting corner flashings
  • two small soffit areas
  • train door opening mechanisms and anchor points
  • gutter, spouting and stormwater.

29 August 2011

Rail vehicle shed progress

Construction of the Trust’s Rail Vehicle Shed at Maymorn is at an advanced stage, with all wall cladding installed, both ends clad in, all roofing steel in position. We are also working on an extensive inspection pit facility within the shed. We are indebted to Rimutaka Trust for two recent grants that have enabled us to complete cladding of the main shed and make major progress with the inspection pit.

14 August 2011

Shed door progress

Another brilliant day — train doors at the Kaitoke end of the shed are now fully clad with ColorSteel®.

2 July 2011

Hon Paul Swain unveils foundation stone

Speech — Rail Vehicle Shed foundation stone ceremony.


E nga mana, e nga reo, e nga iwi o te motu, tena koutou, tena koutou, tena koutou katoa. Nga mihi o te tau kia koutou.

Thank you Clark Simmonds, for your words of introduction. Welcome to:

12 December 2008

Work in progress - December 2018

The interior of our rail vehicle shed has been transformed over the past couple of months, with hard fill compacted into place and concrete floors laid. Once completed visitors to our railway will be able to access and view all the rail vehicles in our collection.

We're grateful for funding from Pelorus Trust, Cossie Club Upper Hutt, supporting the effort put in by Trust members.

21 December 2018

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