At the foot of the Rimutaka Incline, Cross Creek existed to service the six Fell locomotives, and marshall trains in preparation for ascending the three miles (5km) of Fell-worked 1 in 15 gradient to Summit. An extensive locomotive depot was provided, including a wheel-drop pit within the main four-road shed. Major repairs were undertaken on the Fell locomotives, Petone and later Hutt Workshops providing major overhauls and boiler repairs. Ash pits, coal bins, 'skinny' rectangular water vats and three-way turnout leading to the engine shed were hallmarks of the depot, with two or more 'H' class Fell locos being serviced. Trains heading north from Cross Creek were hauled by conventional steam locomotives, typically tender types, turned and serviced at the depot.
In similar fashion to Summit, Cross Creek was never considered a public station, and possessed neither platform nor verandah. A small 'dog-box' station building was provided, somewhat out of scale in consideration of the size of the station yard. It too carried a notice stating 'HEIGHT ABOVE SEA LEVEL 272 FEET', which was 869 feet (265 metres) lower than Summit.
Cross Creek had an extensive railway settlement, in contrast to Summit. Staff houses had been placed alongside the railway yard, and in most places where level ground could be had. A boarding house for single men was located a short distance past the locomotive depot, alongside the main line to Featherston. A school was provided for children of railway staff on the south side of Cross's Creek.
1 New Zealand Railways, Archives New Zealand / Te Whare Tohu Tohituhinga O Aoteaora: [Archives reference: AAVK W3493 B-3589]