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98 Pages..FULL COLOUR PHOTOGRAPHS throughout!

A celebration of building, maintaining & operating the North Island Main Trunk railway from the days of steam through the diesel electric & electric locomotives. Not forgotten are the country stations, refreshment rooms, goods yards & passenger trains.

The NORTH ISLAND MAIN TRUNK & challenges are synonymous.

From the time the idea of a railway linking Wellington with Auckland was first mooted there were challenges economic, political & geographic. When finally opened for traffic in the late 1908, the Railways Dept was not sure whether it had an asset or a liability.

Then there is the constant challenge of more & bigger locos to maintain services on the line, the challenges of keeping the line open in the face of natural disasters, & in the 21st century the challenge is to gain more traffic to increase the viability.

When the last spike was driven on 6 Nov 1908 the North Island Main Trunk became the link between country & town. This link helped to develop NZ, & is still helping in the development of our country. The line is more than a railway: it is an integral part of our social & economic history.

A celebration of over 100 years of construction & operations of the most important railway in NZ. It is not a definitive work for that would take many volumes to tell the story, but rather it covers the highlights, & not so high, activities of the North Island Main Truck


High Drama on the High Iron
Building of two Viaducts
Early days of the North Island Main Truck
Some stations along the line
Steam Power on the Trunk
Great Plans
The Garratts
Banking the Night Limited
The Diesel-Electric Era
The Picture Trains
Back to 1951
Moohan's Rocket
Royal Tours
Silver Star
Railways Travelling Post Office
Railcars & More Big Power
Keeping the Trains Moving
Maintaning the Line
The Exciting 80's
The Steel Road
Celebrating..50 Years
Celebrating..100 Years.
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