Celebrating 150 years of rail

KiwiRail is celebrating 150 years of rail in New Zealand with a travelling train exhibition heading along the tracks to Mount Maunganui tomorrow.

Stopping at Triton Avenue off Totara Street - ‘Keeping NZ on the Move: The Exhibition Express’ - showcases the evolution of the rail industry in New Zealand.

The travelling free roadshow will be in Tauranga tomorrow.

The family-friendly free train exhibition will be packed with displays about rail in New Zealand and includes four individually themed educational containers.

The open day exhibition will run from 10am – 4pm, with entertainment, giveaways and prizes galore.

“We are really looking forward to celebrating our past, present and future in rail when the exhibition stops in Mount Maunganui,” says KiwiRail chief executive Jim Quinn.

“The exhibition showcases the incredible history of rail in New Zealand, the contribution it has made to the development of our country during the last 150 years, and the contribution it will continue to make into the future.”

Jim says the themed carriages will provide a fun and informative journey through the history of rail in New Zealand - from the earliest railways built by provincial governments, to connect townships to KiwiRail’s brand new state-of-the-art passenger carriages, electric commuter trains and new DL locomotives that run across 4000km of network.

He says the first passenger train journey took place on 1 December 1863, travelling from Christchurch to Ferrymead. Now, 150 years on, KiwiRail transports almost 250,000 passengers and 330,000 tonnes of freight on its trains and ferries every week.

“Rail has an important role in determining New Zealand’s economic future and with a $4.6billion investment plan KiwiRail is delivering on that future.”


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