Railway Heritage

Wedderburn Goods Shed

The green, empty railway goods shed at Wedderburn has often been captured as a classic image of the stark Maniototo winter landscape, and made famous by Grahame Sydney’s well-known 1975 painting, “July on the Maniototo”. 

Following the closure of the Otago Central Railway line, the goods shed was moved 5 km away to an open cast coal mine at the head of the Ida Valley, where it eventually became home to feral pigeons. With the arrival of the Rail Trail, the community was keen to see the old building back in its original place, and in 2002 it was returned on the back of a truck and restored to its original green colour. Now it sits there, a proud icon of the Trail and the Maniototo – and it is still home to pigeons.

Address: Wedderburn,