Southbridge Branch, New Zealand

The Southbridge Branch was a branch line railway that formed part of New Zealand's national rail network. It was located in the Canterbury region of the South Island and operated from 1875 until 1967. Five kilometres of the line remains open as the Hornby Branch, formerly the Hornby Industrial Line.[1]

Southbridge Branch
Overview
StatusClosed (Excluding Hornby to north of Springs road
OwnerRailways Department
LocaleCanterbury, New Zealand
TerminiHornby
Southbridge
Stations13
Service
TypeHeavy Rail
SystemNew Zealand Government Railways (NZGR)
Operator(s)Railways Department
History
Opened28 July 1884 (1884-07-28)
Closed30 June 1962 (1962-06-30) (Southbridge – Lincoln)
1 December 1967 (1967-12-01) (Lincoln – Prebbleton)
1986 (1986) (Prebbleton – north of Springs Road)
Technical
Line length41 km
Number of tracksSingle
CharacterRural
Track gauge3 ft 6 in (1,067 mm)
Route map

km
0
Hornby
5
Prebbleton
9
Ladbrooks
13
Lincoln
18
Springston
20
Goulds Road
24
Ellesmere
26
Lake Road
29
Irwell
32
Doyleston
34
Leeston
36
Hills Road
41
Southbridge