|Mon 25 Apr 2016, 7:00am–7:45am|
One of the first anniversaries of the Gallipoli landings took place on New Zealand soil on 25 April 1916. To commemorate the occasion railwaymen from Petone Workshops and Hornsby, New South Wales, Australia, exchanged flags.
At Petone on 25 April 1916 an Australian Red Ensign was unfurled from a commemorative flagstaff, the top section made from kauri and the bottom from Australian hardwood to symbolise “the unity of Australian and New Zealand railwaymen in peace and war.”
To mark the centenary of this notable event, Kiwirail warmly invites you to attend the 7 a.m. Anzac Day service at Petone, and then later to enjoy a steam ride aboard the Passchendaele Express, a train of classic carriages hauled by steam locomotive AB 608.
The centennial ceremony will include the raising of the Red Australian Ensign on the Anzac Memorial Flagstaff. Speeches will be given by KiwiRail CEO, Peter Reddy, the NZ Government, Ray Wallace, Mayor of Lower Hutt, Major Piero Bertocchi of the Australian High Commission, Alex Claassens of the Australian Rail Tram and Bus Union, Attorney General Chris Finlayson MP for the Government, and Air Commodore Andrew Woods representing the NZDF. Other elements include the laying of Wreaths, the Last Post and Reveille, and the Memorial Locomotive Passchendaele.
What: Petone Centenary Anzac Service
When: 7 a.m.
Date: 25 April 2016
Where: Petone Railway Station
Steam train ride: tickets $5. All proceeds go to charity.
(Travel on the train is one-way only. Wellington to Taita or Taita to Wellington. Normal Trans Metro Matangi Trains will be available for your return trip. Times are as follows:
Wellington train station depart 10 a.m.
Taita train station depart 11 a.m.
Wellington train station depart 12 noon.
Taita train station depart 1 p.m.
Tickets must be purchased prior to the event from Wellington and Petone Railway stations, and Lower Hutt i-Site.)
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