Story: Railways

Rail picnic

Rail picnic

A picnic party travels by log train on a bush railway, at Manunui in the King Country on New Year’s Day 1911. Picnics by rail were very popular in the early 20th century for school, church and workplace groups – including New Zealand Railways itself, which staged outings for its huge staff and their families.

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Neill Atkinson, 'Railways - Rail transformed', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/21423/rail-picnic (accessed 29 May 2020)

Story by Neill Atkinson, published 11 Mar 2010, reviewed & revised 11 Mar 2016