1982 guards van view Roland Penhall

A photo taken out of the open door of a guard’s van on a freight train to Wellington while the van was still on the bridge.  One notes the ‘open road’ sign at that time, which meant you could drive at 80 km/h unless conditions required a lower speed. It is now a 50 km/h area.

Guards and guards vans on freight trains in NZ became a thing of the past in 1987. (Roland Penhall photo)