Story: Historic earthquakes

Twisted railway tracks, Edgecumbe

Twisted railway tracks, Edgecumbe

In the Edgecumbe rail yards an 80-tonne locomotive lies on its side. After the first earthquake the engine driver had climbed aboard to use the radio-telephone in the cab to warn other trains to stop. The heavier main shock then hit, buckling the tracks and toppling the locomotive. The driver was very shaken but unhurt.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
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Eileen McSaveney, 'Historic earthquakes - The 1987 Edgecumbe earthquake', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 June 2024)

Story by Eileen McSaveney, published 12 Jun 2006, reviewed & revised 28 Mar 2011, updated 1 Nov 2017