Taranaki Main Trunk Railway

A collection of items relating to the development and opening of the Taranaki Main Trunk Railway in 1932. Includes information on The Northern Railways League (1892) and the Western Taranaki Railway Commission (1912) as well as an 1884 map showing the line between Marton and Stratford. Also includes newspaper clippings relating to various developments on the railways throughout Taranaki.
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1. Booklet. The North Island Main Trunk railway: the rival routes ; a trip over the main and Stratford branch lines / by the Waikato Times' special reporter [E.C. Shepherd.]. Hamilton: Printed at the Waikato Times Office, 1895.

2. Supplement to the Taranaki Herald. August 1884. Notes on two alternative routes for the Northern Trunk Line of Railway.

3. Newspaper clipping. Plan of Te Awamutu and surrounding districts, projected railways. Dominion 30 October 1912

4. Circular. The Northern Railways League. 1892

5. Souvenir programme. Official opening of the Taranaki main trunk railway (Stratford-Okahuhura) by the Prime Minister Rt. Hon. G.W. Forbes at Heao on Monday, 7th November, 1932. (And 1992 reprint).

Western Taranaki Railway Commission: report of the Commission. AJHR, 1912. (2 copies)

Plan shewing the country mentioned in the reports on the Marton & Stratford Railway Lines. Photolithograph. General Survey Office. Wellington N.Z. August 1884

Stratford Main Trunk Railway Banquet, held at Stratford to celebrate the completion of the Stratford-Main Trunk Railway, 7 November 1932. Menu and programme.

Order of ceremony. Official opening of the New Railway station at New Plymouth 12 December 1961.

Newspaper clipping. ‘The Late Major Brown, New Plymouth’ (with photo of Devon Street railway crossing where Brown was killed) The Auckland Weekly News 12 September 1901.

The Auckland Weekly News, 30 October 1902. Extract featuring the new railway station New Plymouth.

Newspaper clipping. 'First Taranaki Railway, New Plymouth to Waitara, Turning of First Sod, Sixtieth Anniversary To-day' Taranaki Herald 21 August 1933.

Newspaper clipping. ‘Earned Retirement’ c. 1953.

Newspaper clipping. ‘Tiny Tims of the Railways In Service For Eighty Years And Still Going Strong’ New Zealand Free Lance, 25 February 1953.

Newspaper clipping. 'A one-man campaign for a coastal railway' 18 April 1959.

Newspaper clipping. 11 September 1963.

Newspaper clipping. ‘Broken up at Douglas’ Taranaki Herald 3 July 1985.

Newspaper clipping. ‘Railways HQ on move to New Plymouth’ 1 November 1985.

Newspaper clipping. ‘NP rail staff set to strike’ Daily News 30 April 1986.

Newspaper clipping. ‘Staff-cut fears’. Daily News 19 August 1986.

Newspaper clipping. 'Threat to jobs' Taranaki Herald 9 September 1986.

Newspaper clipping. 'City land will help fill rail coffers' Taranaki Herald 19 September 1986.

Newspaper clipping. 'Railway land is important' Daily News 1 May 1987.

Newspaper clipping. ‘End of rail freight era’ Taranaki Herald 29 April 1988.

Newspaper clipping. 'A photograph of the New Plymouth railway yards last century was one of the unusual things brought back to the city by Mayor David Lean after he attended the Armada 400 celebrations in Plymouth, England...' Taranaki Herald, 19 August 1988.

Newspaper clipping. 'Plan on track' Taranaki Herald 17 September 1988.

Newspaper clipping. 'Flowering fennel fuels fight' Taranaki Herald, 9 February 1989.

Newspaper clipping. ‘Old railyards demolition’ Daily News 5 September 1989.

Newspaper clipping. 'New use found for old hall' Daily News 22 February 1990.

Newspaper clipping. 'Taranaki's golden age of rail' Daily News 28 February 1990.

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