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Remutaka incline, around 1880

Remutaka incline, around 1880

The North Island also saw considerable railway building in the 1870s, financed by Julius Vogel’s overseas borrowing. The most dramatic project was the very steep rail track over the Remutaka Range to link Wellington with the Wairarapa. On the eastern side of the range a special Fell engine was used which gripped a central rail.

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Brian Easton, 'Economic history - Boom and bust, 1870–1895', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 October 2021)

Story by Brian Easton, published 11 Mar 2010