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New Zealand Railways

Author : Robin Bromby
ISBN : 0992595606
Genre : Railroad travel
File Size : 87.55 MB
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New Zealand railway builders surmounted many obstacles: the terrain, a sparse and scattered population, two islands separated by an often stormy stretch of water, demands from every small settlement for their own railway line. But build a railway system - and a comprehensive one at that - New Zealand did. This is the story of that railway, from its heyday to the day of reckoning as losses had to be confronted. By 1953 the pattern was clear. The era of railways as the mainstay of land transport throughout New Zealand was ending. One by one, most of the rural branches would disappear over the next forty years; passenger train travel - other than commuter services in Auckland and Wellington - would almost disappear to a stage where there are just a handful of tourist services on the most scenic lines; all but the largest towns would lose their railway station. But, until then, the railways of New Zealand were part of almost everyone's life: you caught the train to visit friends and relatives in other parts of New Zealand, you depended on the trains to carry the bulk of the freight that moved to and from the ports. This is their story. Profusely illustrated with photographs and maps.
Category: Railroad travel


Author : Neill Atkinson
ISBN : 1869419057
Genre : Railroads
File Size : 85.35 MB
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Railways have played a central role in New Zealand politics, economics, trade union history, tourism and popular culture. Yet rail history has been largely neglected by professional historians. While the field has long been popular with enthusiasts, they have tended to focus on locomotive and rolling stock minutiae, engineering feats and so on, and have paid little attention to social and cultural aspects. This stunning looking book includes a brief outline of the development of rail in NZ; and looks at who uses the trains and why; daily life on and off the rails; the train in popular culture and the collective memory. Neill Atkinson is a professional historian with the Ministry of Culture and Heritage in Wellington and the depth of his research is matched by the accessibility of his writing.
Category: Railroads

Journeying With Railways In New Zealand

Author : Roy Sinclair
ISBN : 1869413075
Genre : Locomotives
File Size : 88.57 MB
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In this fascinating book on railways in New Zealand, Roy Sinclair has combined his passion for transport and his knack for drawing oral histories from some of the spirited characters who have been involved with the railways, past and present. In conversations with these people, Sinclair unearths tales - of the pioneer men and women who built the railway system; of railway buffs lovingly restoring steam locomotives; of journeys on the Tranzalpine OR THE RimUTAKA INCLINE; AND THE STUFF OF LEGENd - RUNAWAY RAILCARS AND HEROIC ENGINE DRIVERS; THE REFRESHMENT-ROOM RUSH; AND THE FAITHFUL dog that meets the local train each day. The book is illustrated throughout with stunning photographs, both recent and historic.
Category: Locomotives