Methven Branch

Methven Branch

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. The Methven Branch was a branch line railway that was part of New Zealand's national rail network in Canterbury. It opened in 1880 and operated until 1976. In 1877, the District Railways Act was passed to enable districts to construct railway lines whose construction would not be financed by the government, and in May 1878, the Rakaia and Ashburton Forks Railway Company Ltd was established to construct a line inland from the Main South Line in Rakaia to the township of Methven. Construction started from Rakaia in November 1878, and as the railway did not have to pass through any difficult terrain, it was built swiftly and the full 35.6 kilometre line was opened on 26 February 1880. Settlers began petitioning the government to acquire the line in 1884, and negotiations resulted in the line being incorporated into the national network in April 1885, though formal permission from the shareholders did not come until May.show more

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  • Paperback | 124 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 7mm | 191g
  • Cred Press
  • United States
  • English
  • 6135667416
  • 9786135667417