New Zealand Rail Maps Project

  • 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…

  • NZRM Progress Report 2023-06-30: Midland Line, Volume Reorganisation

    This week the main work done in the Project has been in the Midland Line. The mosaic of Greymouth in 1945 was completed and has been used in mapping. It is fair to say the planned release of Volume 9 is a bit behind schedule. For reasons explained below, the release of what has been…

  • Wairarapa Line: Woodside Railway Station

    Woodside Railway Station started off its life as the junction for the 5 km branch to Greytown. It came about that when the Public Works Department (PWD), later on the Ministry of Works and Development or MOWD, which was responsible for constructing the early railways of New Zealand, put together the plans for the Wellington…

  • NZRM Progress Report 2023-06-23: Midland Line, Wairarapa Line, Palmerston North Gisborne Line, North Island Main Trunk

    This week on New Zealand Rail Maps the overwhelming focus has been on the migration of the project’s websites to a new hosting platform. This is now fully in operation both for this blog and for the webmaps. The new hosting solution is provided in New Zealand, rather than in California, and should probably result…

  • NZRM Volumes: Volume 6 (Wellington-Palmerston North-Wairarapa Railways)

    Volume 6 of New Zealand Rail Maps covers the following sections of line: Wairarapa Line Main Line Corridor Both the North Island Main Trunk and the Wairarapa Line start at the platforms at Wellington Railway Station. This is an interesting historical ambiguity from 1937 in that the lines before that started at the individual stations…

  • NZRM Volumes: Volume 5 (Palmerston North Gisborne Line)

    Volume 5 of New Zealand Rail Maps covers the Palmerston North Gisborne Line and all its branches. The sub volumes for each part of Volume 5 and the areas they cover are as follows. PNGL Main Line Corridor Volume 5 coverage of the Palmerston North Gisborne Line starts at 7 km just beyond Whakarongo station.…

  • NZ Rail Maps Web Site Migration

    Currently work is under way to migrate the NZ Rail Maps website to a new hosting platform. This can be expected to be the last post on this blog before the migration occurs. The webmaps site is being left on its current hosting platform but with a new site address which is www.nzrailwebmaps.nz . This…

  • NZRM Progress Report 2023-06-16: Midland Line, Palmerston North Gisborne Line, NIMT

    Work is currently continuing to update the Midland Line maps. Due to other distractions, map work is fairly slow at the moment and could be stopped altogether for the last two weeks of June to allow catchup in other areas. At the moment the main area of progress is around Greymouth. Work has also been…

  • NZRM Progress Report 2023-06-07: Wairarapa Line, Midland Line

    Since the last report work has been continuing on the Wairarapa Line maps with new coverage added for Featherston, Carterton and Masterton. However there is no timeframe for when the new material might be added into Volume 6, and previous plans to draw in historical deviation routes for the Rimutaka Incline are currently not scheduled…

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