Free food for station's 75th birthday

04:04, Jun 18 2012
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Railway platform at Wellington Railway Station, circa 1940.
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The crowded ticket hall at Wellington Railway Station, circa 1940s. Military personnel are among the crowd.
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Wellington Railway Station and surrounding area in 1936.
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Wellington Railway Station from Bunny Street. Photographed for the Railways Department in 1939.
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Wellington Railway Station, circa 1937.
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The laying of the foundation stone of Wellington Railway Station, with the foundations completed and steel framework under construction. The old Lambton Station is visible to the left and the Hotel Cecil is behind that.

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.

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