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Gisborne - Motuhora Railway


Brief details and history of the 78 km Gisborne - Motuhora Railway are on a separate page and a more detailed article is on Wikipedia. This page has photographs of the railway. Motuhora was renamed Moutohora in 1952.

Photographs mainly come from the Auckland Weekly News (Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries).

Wa Locomotive

Restored WA165
Class of engine used on the Motuhora line from 1910.
Source - Gisborne City Vintage Railway

Motuhora Station 1917

Motuhora Station Motuhora

Motuhora Station and railway yard
Auckland Weekly News, 6 December 1917.


Matawai Station

Matawai railway yard in 1913.
Newly built cottages beside yard for railway worker.
Auckland Weekly News, 2 October 1913

Matawai Station

WA Engine at Matawai Station
Photo from Tairawhiti Museum


Otoko Viaduct

Otoko Railway Viaduct over the Waikohu River and the Gisborne-Matawai Road.
Auckland Weekly News, 16 May 1912

Otoko 1959

Last train to Motuhora in March 1959, pulling into Otoko Station and leaving the Viaduct.
Photo from Tairawhiti Museum

Te Karaka

Te Karaka 1909

Te Karaka Station in 1909
Auckland Weekly News, 08 April 1909

Railway Engine

Railway at Te Karaka on the Gisborne to Motuhora line.
From New Zealand Railways Magazine 1928.


Gisborne Station

Gisborne Railway Station, 1901
Auckland Weekly News 14 November 1901