Free food for station's 75th birthday

Rail passengers will arrive to a nice surprise at Wellington Railway Station tomorrow, when the building celebrates its 75th birthday.

They will be greeted with band music and an early morning tea of cake and muffins to mark the occasion between 7am and 8.30am.

Then at midday, four trains representing the past 75 years of commuter services in Wellington will be on display at the station platforms - a steam train, an English Electric, a Ganz Mavag and a Matangi train.

KiwiRail Chief Executive Jim Quinn and Greater Wellington Chair Fran Wilde will be there for the occasion, along with Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee, who will cut the official 75th anniversary cake.

When the Wellington Railway Station opened in 1937, it was New Zealand's largest building and one of the first seismic proofed structures in the country.

It is now said to be New Zealand's busiest railway station, with more than 40,000 people passing through on a weekday.

In the building's first year, 7600 people passed through the station daily.

The Dominion Post