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The Canterbury Railway Society is responsible for a memorial plaque and garden dedicated to members of the Addington Railway Workshop who died in the Second World War.
The KiwiRail offices in Invercargill contain several memorial plaques commemorating New Zealand Railways employees who died in the First and Second World Wars.
A memorial plaque commemorating those of the Greymouth section of New Zealand Railways who died in the First World War.
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.

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