North Island Main Trunk Line - Last Spike

State Highway 4, south of National Park
National Park, Manawatu
In November 1908 the Premier, Sir Joseph Ward drove a silver spike here to signify the completion of the North Island Main Trunk Railway (NIMT).

By the mid 1920s the new 'Night Limited' Express linked Auckland and Wellington in 14 hours. For many years this was New Zealand's most important transport route.

The central section between Hamilton and Palmerston North was electrified between 1980 and 1988. But with the exception of the Northern Explorer passenger train the line is now essentially a freight one.
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  • Last Spike Obelisk
    Last Spike Obelisk
  • NIMT Last Spike
    NIMT Last Spike
  • Last Spike Location
    Last Spike Location
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