Christmas lost / by John Le Cren
Focuses on the Tangiwai Disaster that took place on 24 December 1953 when the Auckland-bound No. 626 Limited Express out of Wellington Station crashed into the Whangaehu River with the loss of 151 lives. Recalls the disaster as a New Zealand Railways (NZR) staff photographer travelling as a passenger on a following relief Express train. Talks about arriving at Marton station to hear the news that the Express train had gone off the Tangiwai Bridge into the river bed, photographing the disaster site on Christmas Day, and his efforts to get to Taumarunui. Mentions the inquiry, the known lahars that have flowed down the Whangaehu river, and how NZR updated its communications system after the disaster.
Includes illustrations; also numbered v.70 n.5
Source: New Zealand railway observer, Dec 2013/Jan 2014; n.322:p.170-175; issn:See original record
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