New Zealand Railways, the Railroad That Prefers to be Anonymous

by Ken Humphreys

New Zealand Railways is a unique railroad in that nowhere on its freight trains does a name or railroad logo appear. Passenger trains are identified by one of three Tranz Scenic Rail lines: TranzAlpine from Christchurch to Greymouth on the South Island crossing the Southern Alps; TransCoastal along the East coast of the South Island; and Overlander through the center of the North Island. Why aren't the freight trains identified? It is simple. There is only one railroad company so "Why bother?" The only reason the passenger trains are identified is to promote tourism. Otherwise, they probably would not bother doing that either.

New Zealand's trains operate on narrow gauge 1067 mm track (3-ft. 6-in.). The sequence of photos below shows a bit of what New Zealand's rail system is like.

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The narrow 3-ft. 6-in. gauge of New Zealand's track
Four photos of New Zealand's "anonymous" locomotives
Five photos of New Zealand's "anonymous" freight cars
TranzAlpine locomotives and passenger cars at the summit of the Southern Alps.

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