Old & New Line-Side Scenes - Waitaki Opened

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A series of scenes of railway journeys in steam trains, some organised by the New Zealand Railway and Locomotives Society. The footage starts with scenes of a hydroelectric dam, probably Waitaki in South Canterbury, followed by a scene of people gathered by a train, some in period costume, including top hats. Title frames read 'Pilgrimage to Heathcote' and 'Speeches at Ferrymead'. A locomotive has the name Ivanhoe on the side. A title frame reads 'Peveril Parade to Lyttleton', the train has a sign over its cowcatcher that reads 'The New Zealand Railway and Locomotive Society'. There is a title frame that reads 'The Ohoka Punt Sails Again' then 'Peveril Pilgrimage 1968 Style', then one that reads 'Construction Work' then another 'Gorge Railway Opened' followed by 'Opening Ceremony', a sign is filmed that reads 'Seddonville to Bluff 600 miles'. then a title frame reading' Ministers attend'. The last spike ceremony is filmed, showing a silver spike and politicians putting the spike in the last piece of rail to be laid. The footage , showing this opening, looks older than the rest of the footage. the gorge referred to is likely to be the Taieri Gorge. the Taieri Gorge Railway ran to the West Coast from Dunedin.

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Year 1955

Reference number F3501

Collection Film and Video Collection

Media type Moving Image

Place of Production NEW ZEALAND/AOTEAROA

Duration 0:26:23