Story: Railway accidents

Remutaka incline accident

Remutaka incline accident

An artist’s gruesome impression of an 1880 accident on the Remutaka incline which was first published in the New Zealand Mail that year. A gust of gale-force wind, common in the Remutaka Range, blew all of a train’s carriages off the line. Three people were killed and 21 were hurt, with one dying later of their injuries. Windbreaks were built along parts of the line to prevent a recurrence.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: B-034-004
Lithograph by J. H. Wallis

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Nancy Swarbrick, 'Railway accidents - Types of accidents', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/20595/remutaka-incline-accident (accessed 20 September 2020)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, published 11 Mar 2010