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A second-class railway carriage lies on its side as volunteers assist in the search and rescue
A vibrant (and tempting) New Zealand Railways poster
View of Tangiwai in the aftermath of the 1953 railway disaster
Search and rescue at the scene of the Tangiwai railway disaster
The main trunk railway line united the North Island. This viaduct was one of its final links.
Completed in 1867, this was the first tunnel bored through the walls of an ancient volcano.
Ten New Zealand soldiers were killed when they were hit by a train at Bere Ferrers in the United Kingdom. The accident occurred as troops from the 28th Reinforcements, NZEF, were being transported from Plymouth to Sling Camp on Salisbury Plain.
Four children were killed and 13 adults injured when two rail carriages were blown off the tracks by severe winds on a notoriously exposed part of the Rimutaka Incline railway. This was the first major loss of life on New Zealand’s railways.
The 8.5-km Ōtira tunnel, which pierced the Southern Alps and linked Christchurch with Greymouth, was formally opened by Prime Minister William Massey. At the time it was the longest tunnel in the southern hemisphere, the longest in the British Empire, and the sixth-longest in the world.
The memorial cairn to the 21 people killed in the Hyde railway tragedy of 4 June 1943.
Photo of railway construction workers at Chain Hills tunnel, Otago, about 1874.
Photograph of early railway construction workers
Painting showing a train arriving at Ferrymead in December 1863
Video of the locomotive used on the first rail trip between Christchurch and Dunedin in 1878.
In September 1878 Dunedin's mayor hosted a lavish banquet to celebrate the opening of the city's rail link with Christchurch.
An early locomotive engine now on display at Helensville.
Image of the lifting of the first sod for the Temuka and Timaru railway at a ceremony on 4 October 1871.
After the initial enthusiasm of the 1870s, Julius Vogel’s reputation suffered in the 1880s when New Zealand’s economy slumped into a long depression that was triggered by an international banking crisis.
Julius Vogel wasn’t the first colonial politician to promise public works and immigration on the back of borrowed money. But the early 1870s offered better prospects for success.
In June 1870, Vogel unveiled the most ambitious public works and assisted-immigration programme in New Zealand’s history.

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