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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 13, Issue 2 (May 2, 1938.)

Big Woburn of the Future

Big Woburn of the Future.

Of course, not all of the Railway Workshops’ huge register live in Woburn. When the new enterprise took over the personnel of the old shops at Petone many of the men had made their homes in that town. Others reside in various parts of the Valley, and some belong to the city of Wellington, but about a thousand are in houses of Woburn and Moera and thereabouts. With the march of time many more will have homes in this area, for the workshops will continue to grow, and the industrial development nearer to the sea will expand.

The mind's eye can easily see very important functions of those well-equipped workshops in the defence of New Zealand. Think of that enormous gold-dredge which was made in sections at the Railway Workshops of Addington, Christchurch. About 3000 tons of steel were used for that dredge—as much as went into the structure of the U.S.S. Company's steamer “Maori.” If such a feat can be achieved at Addington, what about Woburn, which is planned for much bigger things? The Woburn workshops have already a very strong part in the foundation of modern New Zealand from various viewpoints, and the finger of destiny points to a larger place.

So one goes away from Woburn with a thoughtful mind.

One of the streets flanked with pohutukawa trees.

One of the streets flanked with pohutukawa trees.

A well-equipped playing area for young folk.

A well-equipped playing area for young folk.