Station to open for viewing

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Have you always wanted to look inside the Oamaru Railway Station? If you do, you’re in luck.

To coincide with the Taieri Gorge Railways bringing a steam train full of passengers to Oamaru on January 24 for the first time in 20 years, the Oamaru Whitestone Civic Trust will be opening the building to the public.

Whitestone Civic Trust heritage co-ordinator Faye Ormandy said they wanted to get in behind the arrival of the steam train.

“We thought it would be a good chance to show off the beautiful historic railway station inside and out.”

There will be a welcoming for the train and passengers as they step out of the train, from various trust members, while it’s likely there will also be some music being played.

It will be open from 11am to 3pm and Mrs Ormandy is hoping the public turn up.

“We’d love to see plenty of the public come along and have a look around and the same with the train goers.”

With the train station being occupied by tenants previously there has been no chance for the trust to show off the character of the station inside, and with it now empty they thought what a perfect time.

“People get pretty excited about a steam train so we hope they’ll come along and hopefully have a look.”

Mrs Ormandy said hopefully having the public through the building will help show what issues the trust face around the challenges of filling the building.

By Brayden Lindsay

PHOTO:  BRAYDEN LINDSAY – Faye Ormandy will open the railway station doors on January 24 for the public to enjoy.