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Rail land is a tour where every show is designed so that the audience, as well as the performer, can travel to and from the show by affordable, extraordinary passenger rail.
These will be earlier shows, with the Auckland, Greater Wellington and Dunedin area events timed to allow return travel the same day or night, while the Palmerston North show will cater to audiences who live locally, and those keen to embark on a magnificent, overnight holiday by rail.
In the long twilight of the summer holidays, the last days of the working year, Rail Land will travel on all of the rail networks that still offer public transport in Aotearoa, and also recreate a public transport journey for one night in Te Waipounamu, with the help of our sponsor, Dunedin Railways.
The tour started as a way to celebrate our video for Old Images - which you can watch below. But it’s become so much more. Each show, and the experience of the journey to get there, will be a poetic and practical exploration of passenger rail, and a meditation on what it means to us in the modern era.
When you travel by train, your attention is freed to do other things. Rail Land will also be a collection of images, maps and reading material leading up to the show and indexed on this page. Consider this your show program.
We also have a collection of Railway ephemera we’re displaying at each show, as a kind of visual support act. These are reproduced courtesy of our sponsor, Phantom Billstickers, with some generous and knowledgeable assistance from Hocken Collections.
Our railways are miraculous, poetic, and mysterious things. The are gifts from the past to the future, and if they didn’t exist now, they would be impossible to build from scratch. Each has a story, and this tour will tell a little of each one.