Photograph: Railway Train at Ferrymead Station 1860

Alfred Charles Barker
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08 Dec 1860
One square-format black and white photograph of a railway train at Ferrymead Station, Christchurch December 8, 1860. Image shows the train behind a pile of goods that look like building materials, cranes can be seen in the background. Possibly the Canterbury Provincial Railway Locomotive No 1 Pilgrim.
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Having seen this photo elsewhere, I am aware that the locomotive is the Canterbury Provincial Railway Locomotive No 1 Pilgrim, ie the first locomotive on the first public railway in NZ . You can see the 1 just inside the nearest buffer.

- Lex Calder

Posted on 03-06-2020 22:22:25

The Christchurch to Ferrymead railway line opened on 1st December 1863. The photo doesn't look like the 'official' train so it would be some time after that. The track was 5'3" gauge, the locomotive was built by Slaughter, Gruening of Bristol England and the rolling stock by the Metropolitan Carriage Company of Birmingham England. The section to Ferrymead was closed when the Lyttelton Tunnel was opened in 1868 - it's said to be the first branch line to be closed in NZ!

- Brian Wheatley

Posted on 11-05-2020 06:32:24

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