Marking 50 years of work at the Hillside foundry, Roger
Parsons yesterday poured the last KiwiRail cast on site
before heading to his local for a beer. The 65-year-old
started as a Hillside moulding apprentice on February 7,
1963, aged 15.
Six years ago, it seemed nothing could stop the rise and
rise of the Hillside Engineering Workshops. Now, they have
closed after Government-owned KiwiRail decided it could not
keep them operating. Business editor Dene Mackenzie looks
back at some of the highs and lows.