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Here for auction is a nice unused freight destination-station label of New Zealand Railways, for POKENO.

Clean & unused. The paper is slightly age toned. Size: 55 x 77 mm.

This dates back some years, when all stations had fulltime staff, & accepted crates & parcels to be railed to any other station within NZ. Any carton accepted for freight would have one of these labels glued to it, showing the name of the station it was consigned to. On arrival at that station, the clerk would send a postcard to the addressee, advising them that the box is ready to be collected at the station.

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Pokeno is a small town (615 households) in the Waikato Region, 53 km southeast of Auckland, 9 km from Tuakau and 5 km from Mercer. State Highway 1 originally ran through the town, but the upgrading of the highway in 1992 to expressway standards mean that the town has been bypassed.

Pokeno was an important site during the New Zealand Wars of the 19th century, being the site of the Queen's Redoubt, a major colonial military headquarters. The redoubt was an important southern fortification on the Great South Road, built by Governor George Edward Grey to transport troops for the Invasion of the Waikato.

The Pokeno Railway Station on the Waikato section of the North Island Main Trunk Line was opened in 1875, but was closed in 1973 to passengers and in 1980 to goods. Work on the proposed Paeroa–Pokeno Line commenced in 1938 and whilst approximately 13km of earthworks were completed at each end, the proposal was halted due to World War 2 and was not resumed following the war and was abandoned. The line was to be the first part of the East Coast Main Trunk Railway.

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