Monday, November 29, 2010

at the Trentham races, 1950s

This scene looking north at the station for the Trentham Racecourse (out of sight across the street to the right) in the Hutt Valley, has an assortment of passenger transport typical of the era.

To the left, departing the platform is a Fiat railcar, probably headed for Masterton and then Woodville; further up on the sidings are two Ew locomotive-hauled passenger trains waiting to take punters back to Wellington at the conclusion of the day's horse races; parked on the grass verge is an AEC Reliance type diesel bus belonging to Wellington City Transport; and parked on the road next to the racecourse is a line of Railways Road Services buses, which will take punters to destinations in the Hutt Valley away from the railway line. Some cars are also parked although a lot fewer than there are on such events nowadays. The man on the platform seems to clutching a fish and chip packet (or maybe his beer supplies?).

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