Story: Conifer–broadleaf forests

Building the railway

Building the railway

Workers prepare to lay railway tracks, around 1900. Tōtara and pūriri timber was used for railway sleepers, and inland forests became accessible and were cleared quickly after the North Island main trunk railway line was completed in 1908.

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John Dawson, 'Conifer–broadleaf forests - Loss of conifer–broadleaf forests', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 3 December 2023)

Story by John Dawson, published 24 Sep 2007