Thorndon Railway Station closing ceremony 1937-06-19

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Radio coverage of the official closing of the Thorndon Railway Station, which was replaced by the new Wellington Railway Station in Bunny Street.

An unidentified announcer introduces the broadcast while in the background we hear a variety of steam train whistles marking the arrival of the last train to enter the station.
He invites the general manager of New Zealand Railways, Mr Garnet Mackley to continue to commentary.
Train 641 is the last train, due at Thorndon at 7.13pm. The driver, who has been on this run from Palmerston North for the last 26 years is invited to speak.
Mr Don Agnew, the driver of No. 641 receives three cheers and then describes the Johnsonville grade and the new tunnels on the Tawa Flat deviation.
Mr Kenavan, the fireman of No. 641 is introduced, and speaks about the new station which is opening today. He pays tribute to his predecessors.
Mr Inkpen, the guard of No. 641 speaks briefly.
Mr R.P. McCracken, former station master at Thorndon speaks briefly.
Mr E.J. Guthrey, present station master at Thorndon will transfer to Bunny Street tonight.
Mr D.G. Sullivan, Minister of Railways speaks, paying tribute to Thorndon station and those who worked at it for the past 50 years. Three cheers are given for Mr Sullivan.
Mr Mackley leads the crowd in singing 'Auld Lang Syne" followed by train whistles.
The announcer signs off, noting a broadcast from the new station will follow.

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Year 1937

Reference number 30815

Media type AUDIO

Collection Sound Collection

Genre Special events radio coverage
Nonfiction radio programs
Radio programs
Sound recordings

Credits RNZ Collection
Mackley, Garnet Hercules, 1883-1986, Speaker/Kaikōrero
Sullivan, Daniel Giles, 1882-1947, Speaker/Kaikōrero
GUTHREY, E. J., Speaker/Kaikōrero
KENAVAN, Mr., Speaker/Kaikōrero

Duration 00:36:24

Date 19 Jun 1937

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