New Zealand Rail Maps Project Development Report [2021C]

Good day and welcome to our third project development report for 2021. As the text below documents, project progress is being made on the Main North Line maps. The overall project since completing the first stage of the webmaps last month has shifted towards completing maps in various areas so that the webmaps can be… Continue reading New Zealand Rail Maps Project Development Report [2021C]

MNL: Wharanui To Ward

Since the closure has occurred of the Tar Barrel Tunnel (No.21), maps have been produced for the entire section from Wharanui to Ward. These incorporate a number of changes that have taken place in this section relating to: Wharanui, Mirza and Ward stations. Wharanui is now only a crossing station and the other two have… Continue reading MNL: Wharanui To Ward

Kiwirail Announces Opening of Tunnel 21 Deviation

Today, 25 May 2021, Kiwirail has announced the opening of the deviation of the Main North Line at Tunnel 21 (Tar Barrel Tunnel) between Mirza and Wharanui. The part of the Main North Line between these locations was the historical Picton Section built in stages south from Picton between 1875 and 1915, and the railhead… Continue reading Kiwirail Announces Opening of Tunnel 21 Deviation

Tokarahi Branch

The Tokarahi Branch, which branched from the Ngapara Branch at Windsor, approximately 16 km inland from Oamaru, is one of those branches we know very little about historically. The information in the fourth edition of the Quail Atlas is inaccurate, omitting a certain amount of detail about the line, which is most probably due to… Continue reading Tokarahi Branch