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Going by Train: The Complete New Zealand Railways Story

Going by Train: The Complete New Zealand Railways Story (Hardback)

By Hutchins, Graham

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Railways played a pivotal part in the development of New Zealand's economy, towns and cities, and helped shape a distinctive culture. This is a comprehensive account of our railways story, from the earliest days of the colony, through rail's growth and golden days, slow decline a...nd recent resurgence. Going by Train details New Zealand's railway development from its beginnings to completion of the main trunk, provincial and urban networks and the numerous branch lines reaching far-flung corners of the country. By the 1930s and '40s, railways dominated travel and became part of the national way of life, with trains for all passengers and occasions. Graham Hutchins, who grew up in a railway town and spent many years working on the railways, recounts the locomotives, the lines, the people and personalities in rail's colourful history. With competition from road transport, rail's golden glow began to fade, with line closures, corporatization and reduced investment. But with renewed interest, its time has come again, with growth in tourist and commuter travel, line redevelopment and heritage restoration. This fully illustrated work gives excellent coverage of local rail's tribulations, triumphs and tragedies, written in a very readable style. Rail fans and general readers alike will enjoy its wide-ranging topics, generous illustrations, anecdotes and personal accounts.
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ISBN 9781775593553
Published NZ 1 Oct 2019
Publisher Exisle Publishing
Format Hardback
851 In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days

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ISBN-13 9781775593553
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Exisle Publishing
Imprint Exisle Publishing
Published 1 Oct 2019
Publication Country New Zealand New Zealand
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Hutchins, Graham
Category Australasian & Pacific History
Railway Technology & Engineering
Trains & Railways: General Interest
NZ, Maori & Pasifika
New Zealand & Related
Number of Pages 312
Dimensions Width: 183mm
Height: 260mm
Dewey Code 385.0993
Weight Not specified - defaults to 1,000g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Trains & Railways: General Interest
ONIX Text General/trade