Trains, tunnels, bridges: icons of our New Zealand rail history

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Matthew Wright, Author
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Behind the lines: a story of people, politics and steam
Moorhouse Railway Tunnel
Nelson's railway bus
Vogel's Railways
Symbols of progress: A-class construction locomotives
Rails classics: F-class saddle tanks
A & G Price Ltd
Hawke's Bay branch line
Hillside Railway Workshops
Bending to the task: Fairlie locomotives
A wild western Kiwi: the Rogers K-class
Tender type: the J-class 2-6-0
Getting the right angle: the Rimutaka incline
A system of gravity: the Denniston self-acting incline
Across the divide: Midland Railway proposals
Kiwi backbone: the North Island Main Trunk Line
No. 8 wire on the job: bush tramways
Private dreams: Wellington to Manawatu railway
Making the link: Manawatu Gorge rail
Bridging the gap: North Island main trunk viaducts
Kiwi innovation: Q-class Pacific locomotives
Quest for power: X-class locomotives
Lateral thinking: the Raurimu spiral
Southern design: the Dunedin Railway Station
Pacific classic: the A-class and variants
Driving through: the Otira Tunnel
Bush triumph: Percy Burn Viaduct
Temple of transport: the Wellington Railway Station and reclamation
Flawed giants: G-class Garratt adventures
Dizzying heights: the Mohaka Railway Viaduct
Penultimate steam: the 4-8-4 K-class
Modernising the line: railcars to the Wairarapa
Motor rail: railcar standards
Wellington commuter stalwarts: the English electrics
Last hurrah: J- and JA-class locomotives
Essential unglamour: DS-class and other diesel shunters
Ubiquity by numbers: DA-class diesels
Fiats at the boil: Drewry RM-class 88 seaters
Japanese ingenuity: DJ-class locomotives
From coal to passengers: EA/EO-class electric locomotives
Stainless steel: the Silver Fern railcars
Ultra grunt: The DX-class diesels
Rebuilt classics: DC-class diesels
Hungarian arrival: Ganz Mavag EMUs
Zapping it up: North Island Main Trunk Line electrification
Re-bridging the gap: main trunk line viaducts renewed
Electric evolution: the class 30/EF main trunk line locomotives
Troubled entry: Matangi Electric Multiple Units

"The story of New Zealand rail is rich with challenges met by audacious engineering. Railway took its place as the backbone of the nation from the early days, as settlers drove lines through some of the world's toughest terrain. Our very first rail project tunnelled through the side of a volcano. From that project through to the main trunk viaducts that soar to dizzying heights above valley floors, from the modest reliability of our first 'tank' engines to the ultra-grunt of modern diesel-electrics, this book reveals the rail projects and hardware that forged a nation. These symbols of our heritage are icons of New Zealand rail history"- Publisher's information.
Physical description
135 pages :illustrations (some colour) ;23 x 27 cm,
Credit line
Matthew Wright. 2013. Trains, tunnels, bridges: icons of our New Zealand rail history, PUB-2017-47.43. Walsh Memorial Library, The Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT).


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