On 2 July 1938, the official change-over from steam to electric traction and the introduction of multiple-unit passenger trains took place in Wellington.
These multiple-unit passenger trains were the first of their kind in New Zealand, running on the Wellington - Ngaio - Khandallah - Johnsonville suburban line. While the Wellington electric line was not the first in the country, it was still a progressive step, providing transport appropriate to the existing and potential needs of the Wellington region.
The souvenir timetable shown is a fine example of the publicity material produced by the Railways Studios. The Studios produced posters, pamphlets, maps and pictorial postage stamps promoting the New Zealand Railways services, which have become iconic New Zealand images. Further information about the Railways Studios can be found here: www.nzhistory.net.nz/culture/rail-tourism/railways-studios
This item as well as other NZ Railways Studios artworks and publications can be seen in the Wellington Reading Room of Archives New Zealand.
Archives Reference: ADQD 17546 R98 1/5 (R20373450)
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