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Journeys From the Golden Age of NZ Railways

224 Pages

No book exists specifically on the famous, popular 'name' trains that used to run on the NZ rail network.

The Auckland-Opua Express once carried passengers to the Bay of Islands.

The Onehunga Boat Train used to be part of the main route between Auckland and Wellington.

The Rotorua Limited enabled tourists & the well-to-do to take the waters in Rotorua.

Later trains like...

The Silver Star & Northerner - even the Kaimai, Geyserland & Bay Expresses, withdrawn in 2001 - had a distinctive character too.

Last Train to Paradise describes the halcyon days of New Zealand rail, some of which the author was fortunate enough to experience personally.

The 'name' trains & journeys cover a considerable period of New Zealand's history, from the late 1800s, through the 'golden' era of train travel (the first four decades of the 20th century).

Among the special journeys covered are the Prince of Wales' royal progress through New Zealand in 1920, & travelling the 'Test Match Special' to enjoy the rugby in 1956.

Also includes a wide variety of fascinating & unfamiliar photographs, not just of the trains themselves but also of the characters who travelled in them.

CONTENTS...

INTRODUCTION

1. Sleepless in Taihape: The Auckland - Wellington Express, 1955
2. A Prince among Travellers: The Royal Train, 1920
3. Last Stop, Bay of Islands: The Opua Express, 1946
4. Taking the Waters and the Train: The Rotorua Limited, 1930
5. Train to Nowhere: The Taneatua Express, 1939
6. Steaming past the Mountain: The New Plymouth Express, 1935
7. A year before the Quake: The Napier Express, 1930
8. South for the Summer: The South Island Express, 1926
9. Buller or Buast: The Nelson Express, 1926
10. Don't take this train for granted: The West Coast Express, 1936
11. To the Rugby on the 'Rocky Island Line: The Test Match Special, 1956
12. The tawny mantle of Tussock: The Central Otago Express, 1939

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