new icn messageflickr-free-ic3d pan white
Suggested colour for NZ Rail Trains (1955) | by Archives New Zealand
Back to photostream

Suggested colour for NZ Rail Trains (1955)

August 15 to August 21 2016 is Rail Safety Week. Rail Safety Week is an annual Australasian-wide initiative where rail operators and other organisations across New Zealand and Australia come together to raise awareness about rail safety and encourage safe behaviour around trains and tracks. This year’s theme is 'Expect Trains' which aims to address complacency and distraction.


For Rail Safety Week, Archives New Zealand is highlighting a selection of items that share the messages promoted by Rail Safety Week – such as making sure you cross tracks at appropriate times and places when permitted to do so. The images selected include promotional material from the 1980’s to get the message across to children regarding the dangers trains pose and an image from the 1950’s where NZ Rail considered changing the colour of trains to make them more visible.


More information on Rail Safety Week can be found here:


The image shown here is a paining drawn by a member of staff from NZ Rail in Lower Hutt in 1955. It was suggested by the member of staff in Lower Hutt, that the red coloured trains that NZ Rail operated was a factor in why there were accidents at night. However, NZ rail opted to maintain the red colour as it was the preferred colour by the Automobile Association. There had been previous incidents involving silver trains in the 1950’s, so the concern over the colour of the train did not warrant a formal change.




ADQD 17422 W2278 69 1904/833/44 part 1


For further enquiries please email


For updates on our On This Day series and news from Archives New Zealand, follow us on Twitter


Material from Archives New Zealand




0 faves
1 comment
Uploaded on August 10, 2015