The rail link from Gisborne to Napier was completed in 1942. This photo records the departure of the first train on 7 September, in front of a crowd of 10,000 – nearly 60% of Gisborne’s population at the time.
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Permission of Tairawhiti Museum, PO Box 716, Gisborne, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.