Featherston Things to Do
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Prior to 1955 when the rail tunnel was finished, trains going to the Wairarapa went over the hill, and the Fell locomotives were used to get the trains over the incline.
This museum contains the only remaining Fell locomotive in the world.
It was shipped over from England in the 1870's in parts, and reassembled once it arrived in NZ, and had a working life of 80 years.
It's an intriguing museum, and well worth the $5 entry.Related to:
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Right next to the Fell Museum is the local heritage museum. There are some interesting displays on the history of the area, most notably related to the local military history, with the POW camp for Japanese during WW2 being one of the major exhibits.
$2 entry and well worth dropping in to take a look if you are passing through. Only open on Saturday and Sunday from 10am-4pm.
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Featherston Off The Beaten Path
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About 2km north of Featherston on State Highway 2 is a little park. During WW1, this area was used to train NZ soldiers headed off to the carnage that was World War 1.
During WW2, this facility was then used to hold Japanese prisoners of war. During a riot by Japanese prisoners in 1943, around 50 Japanese POWs and 1 NZ soldier were killed.
There's a little garden with various monuments, and a grove of cherry trees as well.
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