KiwiRail's logo looks both like a fern (a common symbol for New Zealand) and the sleepers on a railway line. Government-owned from 2008, New Zealand's rail system has been structured in a variety of ways. In the 1920s it was government-owned but run as a business. It was run by an independent board from 1931, before returning to government management in 1936. In 1982 the 102-year-old Railways Department became the New Zealand Railways Corporation, an early type of state-owned enterprise. In 1993 it was sold to private interests. In 2004 the government began buying the railways back.
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