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Wellington and Manawatu Railway Company


5" gauge "Wellington & Manawatu Railway #5" Baldwin 4-6-2


April 2009 Wellington and Manawatu Railway No.9 tender chassis under test


New Zealand Trains - NZR N Class


1850 Wellington Road, Marton


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The Wellington and Manawatu Railway Company was a private railway company that built, owned and operated the Wellington-Manawatu railway line between Thorndon in Wellington, the capital of New Zealand, and Longburn, near Palmerston North in the Manawatu, between 1881 and 1908, when it was acquired by the New Zealand Government Railways. Its successful operation in private ownership was unusual for early railways in New Zealand.
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  • History 

  • Company formation 

  • Dissolution 

  • The line 

  • Motive power 

  • Surviving relics