Thursday, March 31, 2011

train time at Whangarei

Two views of Whangarei Station from about 90 years ago.  In the first passengers are walking to the main platform area although the train isn't yet in sight.  An old 3-rigid axle composite first and second class passenger car can be seen two tracks over. The second view taken a few years later shows a southbound passenger train - probably the express for Auckland from Opua - sitting at the platform while a couple of tank engines haul goods trains in the yard; the centre one has a couple of passenger cars in the consist.

Surprisingly, given that regular passenger cars haven't run on the line for over 30 years, the station is still there, but is now used for other purposes.

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