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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 12, Issue 1 (April 1, 1937)

The First Royal Train In New Zealand

The First Royal Train In New Zealand.

Our cover design this month was prepared from a painting by Mr. W. W. Stewart, of Auckland, and features New Zealand's first Royal train conveying the Duke of Edinburgh from Lyttelton to Christchurch, on the 23rd of April, 1869. The Duke and party (including H.E. the Governor) were met at Lyttelton by His Honour the Superintendent of Canterbury and members of the Provincial Council, the Royal train leaving Lyttelton at 11 a.m. and arriving at Christ church at 11.19 a.m. The train was drawn by No. 4 engine, tastefully decorated with flowers and evergreens, its driver being Mr. J. Dickenson.