"First train run on Auckland and Waikato Railway Dec 24th 1873"

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The Auckland-Waikato railway was the first section of what became the North Island Main Trunk. This first part of the line ran from Point Britomart to Onehunga via Penrose. The line was extended to Frankton by December 1877. The full line, between Auckland and Wellington, was completed in 1908. According to New Zealand Railways magazine "The train was hauled by a class "F" locomotive named "Ada" - after Mrs. Henderson wife of the local representative of the contractors, Brogden and Sons. The driver of the train was Mr T O'Brien and the fireman Mr W Granger". First class carriages appear to be the middle two and second class the outer two. Text around this copy of the photograph says it was presented by Mr. W. Baker, Senior, late of Newstead, and was enlarged by Camera House.
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George Cartwright
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Mr Baker wrote in 1929 that he was standing on the verandah of the first carriage and had given the photo to Hamilton library and Auckland art gallery - see https://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/newspapers/NZH19290917.2.163.6.

- John Lawson

Posted on 15-05-2021 15:40:05