Moving show marks 150 years of rail
A century and a half of history stopped in at the Invercargill railway station yesterday.
Keeping NZ on the Move: The Exhibition Express, a travelling exhibition presented by KiwiRail, arrived in Invercargill to celebrate 150 years of railway in New Zealand.
Encased in specially designed train carriages, the exhibition explored the history of freight, passenger and tourist railway services in New Zealand.
It also featured a whole carriage dedicated to safety around trains and level crossings.
KiwiRail senior media adviser Sophie Lee said it was important to reinforce safe practice at level crossings, especially after a train smashed into a trailer in Invercargill this week.
"These sort of incidents happen far too often for our liking so that safety information is really important."
The exhibition also gave visitors a look at KiwiRail's revamped tourist carriages, viewing carriage and cafe car.
KiwiRail train manager Duncan Browne and locomotive engineer Danny Kent were on hand to share their experiences working on the rail network with visitors.
Mr Kent, a train driver for 28 years, said he had shown several children, and some grown-up children, the controls of the train during the Invercargill visit.
Waihopai School pupil Nathan Hodgetts, 8, was one of the children who had a chance to sit in the driver's seat yesterday.
He came to visit the display because he was very interested in trains and owned five model trains, including a Flying Scotsman, he said.
The exhibition will visit Dunedin tomorrow.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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