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Wairarapa Train: 1880s

Gully, John 1819-1888 :Mountain railway over the Rimutaka Range from Wellington to Wairarapa Plain. 1882
Reference Number: C-096-014

This 1882 watercolour by John Gully shows a Fell Engine hauling the Wairarapa train up the Wairarapa side of the Rimutaka Incline.  There is a glimpse of Lake Wairarapa in the background.

Greetings card with illustrations of New Zealand bush, rail and river particularly relating to the Wairarapa Railway Line, with a montage of nine photographs. 

A collage photograph by Albert Percy Godber, decorated with fern leaves, with a montage of images relating to the Wairarapa Railway Line.

Images include from top left: Kaitoke Railway Station, Native ferns, A snapshot near Lower Hutt (a train coming towards the camera), A sharp curve (in a railway track), Ladle Bend (between Kaitoke and the Summit), Rimutaka Incline, Summit Tunnel (Rimutaka Incline), Round Rocky Point, and On the Pakuratahi.

Train and houses, Cross Creek, South Wairarapa, [ca 1890s] 
Train at Cross Creek station, South Wairarapa, circa 1890s. Photographer unidentified. The Fell Engines were connected to the train at Cross Creek prior to climbing the Rimutaka Incline.

View of railway yards, engine sheds, and railway houses, probably at Cross Creek on the Wairarapa Line, 1900s? 
View of railway yards, engine sheds, locomotives, a goods train, and railway houses. Probably taken at Cross Creek, photographed by A P Godber.

Train at Cross Creek, Wairarapa, between 1897-99 
Train at Cross Creek, Wairarapa. Photograph taken by Albert Edward Winzberg between 1897-99.

View of Silverstream with houses along the railway line., 25 September 1922 
A train on the Wairarapa Line at Silverstream, with houses alongside the railway line. Photograph taken on 25 September 1922 by Albert Percy Godber.

Further reading:
Wairarapa invades Wellington
Fell Museum website
The Fell Engine and the Rimutaka Incline (Wairarapa Archives)
Engineering involved in the Rimutaka Incline
Rimutaka Incline Railway

Manuscripts and Pictorial (Alexander Turnbull Library)


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