Goods yard office
Overview of the original
The office I want to build is based on the mid 1960s-built office
at the entrance to Gracefiled yard, Lower Hutt, and will compliment
my goods shed build.
As yet unable to establish exact date of build, but an idea
can be got from various Whites
Aviation aerial photos in which the office cannot or can
be seen. A search on 'Gracefield' found plenty to look at.
May 1963 and there's
no sign of the office in that triangular area between the main
Hutt Park Road (along the bottom of the picture),
and the curve to the Ford factory, bottom right.
And there it is! Very
bottom edge, to the right, in a view from October 14 1965.
The new goods transfer shed is also there now.
(Credit - Both of
these pics are snips from Whites Aviation photos stored online
at our National
Like my goods shed project,
and any project, you have to gather info - as many pictures and
drawings of the proposed subject and you can.
And like the goods shed, a plan view was easy to get hold
of thanks to the Hutt City historic aerial views website,
and using known sizes of track gauge and wagons pictured in rest
of the yard, it was relatively easy to calculate measurements.
Snip of 1977 view from Hutt City historic aerials
There are some pictures of the office on the Valley
Signals site, but on a Sunday in August 2012, I did a drive-by
and luckily the office was still there so took some quick reference
photos before the shed was demolished maybe a couple of years
East side and (below)
closeup of the main door. So sad.
More to come. . .