New Zealand Rail Maps Project

  • NZRM Progress Report 2023-08-13: Midland Line

    Since the field testing on August 5th and the subsequent report on map formats for future testing, no substantial work of any nature has been done on the maps. There has been a small change in the GPS files that are available for download from the Volume 7 page. The full set of GPS locations…

  • NZRM Field Testing 2023-08-05: Volumes vs MapBooks

    UPDATE: It has now been decided for various reasons that MapBooks will stick at diagrams only. Full aerial coverage will continue to be available in the existing Volumes and also an A4-based current aerial format that is produced alongside the MapBook pages that users can print out themselves. Field testing is where the project’s productions…

  • NZRM Progress Report 2023-08-05: Midland Line

    Mapping work has continued with a few new pieces being worked on, particularly in mapping the MRC Co proposed switchback line over Arthurs Pass. These maps are available now on the Volume 7 page and their content has been worked into an update of the main line maps between Arthurs Pass and Otira. This update…

  • Midland Railway Switchback Line

    When the Midland Railway Company undertook to build the Midland Line between Springfield and Brunner, they had to come up with a way of getting across the Main Divide between Canterbury and Westland; the Southern Alps (Kaa Tiritiri O Te Moana) formed a formidable natural barrier between the two provinces. There was found to be…

  • NZRM Volumes: Volume 7 (Midland Line / West Coast)

    NZRM Volume 7 covers all railways on the West Coast of the South Island and the Midland Line between the West Coast and Canterbury. There is approximately 500 km of mainline trackage within this volume. As at July 2023 only a part of Volume 7 has been fully mapped and this article will be updated…

  • NZRM Progress Report 2023-07-25: Midland Line

    The maps have now been produced all the way to Otira. A few issues have been found along the way, these will be fixed with an updated edition by the end of this year, which will include the rest of the main line all the way to Greymouth, and hopefully the Midland Line branches as…

  • NZRM Progress Report 2023-07-21: Midland Line

    After another slow week a lot of work has nevertheless been done to get the mosaics of Springfield finished and imported into the GIS. This has now been completed and adjustments are being made as needed to the maps to address any changes needed. Using the 1976 aerial images (official New Zealand Railways survey of…

  • NZRM Progress Report 2023-07-17: Midland Line

    Over the past ten days work has progressed on detailing and producing the maps of the mainline section of the Midland Line. Towards the end of last week progress reached Springfield at 48 km from Rolleston, therefore a total of 345 maps were produced over five days for 46 km of actual track distance. In…

  • NZRM Progress Report 2023-07-07: Midland Line

    This week, progress in NZRM maps has been slow for a variety of reasons. One of these reasons has been putting time aside to write a report about NZRM for the NZ Cartographic Society’s quadrennial report to the International Cartographic Cartographic Association which will be presented at ICCA’s conference next month. The report submitted for…

  • Wairarapa Line: Greytown Railway Station

    Greytown was a small urban station at the end of the 5 km Greytown Branch, which came off the Wairarapa Line at Woodside (per the previous post about Woodside Station). For more details of the branch see that post. Greytown was briefly the railhead of the Wairarapa Line and the branch was chained as the…

Join 16 other subscribers.