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New Zealand Railways corporate flag

[Old NZ railways flag] image by António Martins, 21 May 1999

I have a feeling I have seen such a flag (white background, the logo just above the centre, with "New Zealand Railways" written underneath) used during the 1970s, 80s and 90s. Not sure exactly when it came into existence (I'd guess about 1973).
James Dignan, 4 September 1997

From memory this looks right.
James Dignan, 27 May 1999

I think that the New Zealand Railways flag was as pictured, except that the logo was larger, with no text. The version depicted was the Corporate flag: the version flown on NZR ships had the red replaced with green.
Michael Mellor, 1 October 2000

Michael Mellor is right - later versions of the flag didn't have the writing and were sloped towards the fly.
James Dignan, 28 January 2006


Shipping flag

[ New Zealand Railways shipping flag ] image by Jarig Bakker, 27 Jan 2006

New Zealand Railways Corp., Wellington - white flag, in center a parallellogram consisting of wavy green, white, black, white and blue stripes.
Source: Brown's Flags and Funnels of Shipping Companies of the World [lgr95]
Jarig Bakker, 27 January 2006

The version of the corporate flag flown on NZR ships had the red replaced with green. Later versions of the logo were 'streamlined' with it leaning towards the right, then 'softened' with the corners rounded and the colours changed to blue and yellow rather than red/green and black.
Michael Mellor, 1 October 2000

This flag should be compared with the flag used on land. The logo is clearly based on the same basic idea, though in this case curved to represent waves. The version used with rounded corners and in blue and yellow was only used for the inter-island ferries plying Cook Strait - not for NZR as a whole.
James Dignan, 28 January 2006


Tranz Rail

New Zealand Rail was corporatised in 1991, privatised in 1993, and re-named Tranz Rail (not TraNZrail) in 1995.
Michael Mellor, 1 October 2000

New Zealand Railways is no more, having been Ďcorporatisedí as Tranzrail. Not sure exactly when that change took place, but I'd guess sometime around 1995.
James Dignan, 27 May 1999

It has a flag too; I've seen it flying. I canít remember it exactly, but it's based on the design at their website (http://www.tranzrail.co.nz), both the logo and the background. I canít remember whether it had any text on it or not.
Thomas Robinson, 22 May 1999

New Zealand railways' (Tranz Rail) new ferry which has just been launched in Vigo, Spain, will operate between the North and South Islands of New Zealand, flying the flag of the Bahamas.
David Prothero, 9 September 1998


TranzRail has been replaced by the government-owned NZ Railways Corpn trading as 'Ontrack' which looks after the infra-structure. The operations have been licensed out for 70 years to Toll NX Ltd - a subsidiary of an Australian company.
Roger D. Lascelles, 14 February 2006