Anaroa Railway Line

Railway lines and winch for carrying out timber, probably from Anaroa Sawmill, about 1906

Hawke's Bay Railway Papers

Various papers about the history of the Hawke’s Bay railway from 1874 to 1987

Railway Crossing Hastings

Railway line and Heretaunga Street crossing, Hastings; Russell Street on right; Railway Road on left

Railway Line

Photo caption – “Track layout north, Frederick St, Hastings – 60 ft up.  70mm”

Taken 14 June 1991

Railway Staff Hastings

Hastings Railway staff

Left to right at rear, standing on platform – Tom Donovan, Jim Houston, Alex Wallacebern, Moss Garvey, Wiremu Houston, Jack Carmichael, Billy Watson, Joe Cassidy S.M., Ray Cheer, Peter Schinic, Fred Davidson, Darcy Moe, Ted Bligh

Railway Station

Hastings Railway Station

Railway Station Hastings

Hastings Railway Station

Railway Station Hastings

Hastings Railway Station

Railway Station Hastings

Hastings Railway Station

Railway Station Yards, Hastings, 1905

Cracknell’s Waimarama bullock team at railway station yards, 1904 or 1905

Williams & Kettle building on right; Hastings Hotel beyond

“The firebell tower adjacent to the railway line with a bullock team in the foreground. Williams & Kettle’s building (which later burned down), is shown on the immediate right and the Hastings Hotel, the venue of the brigade’s inaugural meeting, is centre of picture looking along Railway Road in 1904” –

Railway Yards Construction

Caption – Hard work in the ‘eighties’ – Hastings railway yards behind

Tangiwai Disaster 1953

Tangiwai railway disaster, 24 December 1953

Photos taken by Brian Lay the day after the disaster. Brian rode his motorcycle from Hawke’s Bay to the scene.


Passenger train pulling out of the Hastings railway yard, possibly early 1940s

Train 1958

Arrival of train from Wellington at Hastings Railway Station for the Blossom Parade, 14 September 1958; Russell Street to left of railway line



Hastings railway yards 1914, with an A-type 4-6-2 Pacific locomotive about to haul out a mixed goods train

Photo caption – “A mixed goods train was about to leave the Hastings railway yards when this picture was taken about 1890. Russell Street (then Station Street) lies beyond the train.”


‘This 11-ton A-type 0-4-0 tank locomotive of 1873, built by Dubs of Glasgow, was one of a dozen brought into New Zealand for work on railway construction. The type was employed in Hawke’s Bay to help build the Napier-Hastings line, and later drew some of the trains.’ – from “Town and Country – The History of Hastings and District” by Matthew Wright, 2001


At Te Aute Station, south of Hastings

Opening of the Hastings Railway Station, 12 October 1874 according to “Between the Rivers” by Elizabeth Hill


Trains in Hawke’s Bay