Kaukapakapa library – Trainspotting

Sunday 21st February, 9.30am ro 1pm

The kiwirail crew working on the Makarau tunnel in 2020

Makarau railway tunnel workings in 1897

Since the first train came through Kaukapakapa in 1897, the railway has been an integral part of the settlement’s creation and development. The Makarau tunnel, a few kms north of the village, was an engineering feat taking eight years to complete using bricks made on site.
Tracking forward, 2020 has been the year of the Northern upgrade from Auckland to Whangarei, with the railway reopening in early 2021 following significant modifications to the tunnel, the line from Helensville and the Punganui bridge.
The library will have on display existing historical and contemporary photos, along with a selection of articles and documents giving an insight into some of the challenges faced, both past and current. Site photography by Colin Lunt has helped us record the next chapter of our local rail system. Come along, there is once again light at the end of the tunnel!
Kaukapakapa Library is open in conjunction with the Kaukapakapa Village Market. For more details, contact Megan Paterson, threehorses@xtra.co.nz, 021 959017.

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