The Railway Gardens - 1902


  The Railway Garden, south-west of station, c. 1940

Cranbrook had two railway station gardens for the pleasure of arriving and departing passengers.

The first garden, at the south-west end of the station was begun in 1902, while the other gardens further to the north-east began later in the 1920's.

Both gardens were heavily treed and formally landscaped, providing a welcome refuge from the busy railyard adjacent to the passenger platforms.

     
 
The Railway Garden, north-east of station, c. 1940
The south garden lasted until the early 1960's, and the north until the mid-1970's. Today, the north gardens are being restored to their original perimeter, with the relocated Railway Water Tower placed in the centre. The south gardens may be a later project, since the land is used for parking at this time.

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