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This is an auction for THE RAILWAYS OF NEW ZEALAND: A JOURNEY THROUGH HISTORY, by Geoffrey B Churchman & Tony Hurst.

"Since the 1860s the phenomenon of the railway has dominated the attention of the public in New Zealand. In the 19th century there was no other form of land transport except horses, and horse-drawn carts and stage-coaches and every small settlement wanted a railway as a link to the outside world. The authors, Geoffrey Churchman and Tony Hurst, tell the story of the development of the railways from when a small crowd at Christchurch farewelled a broad gauge steam locomotive with 4-wheel passenger cars to Ferrymead, 7 km away, in 1863, to today’s hi-tech freight operations on 3900 km of track. Documented are the broad vision and narrow-mindedness of politicians, the trials and tribulations of different locomotive classes, the engineering brilliance that overcame many natural obstacles, the dogged perseverance of those responsible for the planning and building of 5700 km of railway lines throughout New Zealand since 1863, the changing role of the railways in the twentieth century and the new era of private ownership and control. Illustrated with over 300 photographs, more than half of which are in full color, this book recalls to life the changing face of the railways over 140 years. The good old days of steam receive rightful coverage, but the contribution of modern motive power is not neglected. This stunning tribute to the transport form that has done so much to shape the nation’s history should be on the bookshelf of everyone interested in New Zealand."

Large format hardback 1990.

224 pages.

Photographs throughout.

Very good condition.

The cost of shipping is $6.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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