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Cape Foulwind, Westport

A branch line from Westport served the quarries at Cape Foulwind. It was built by the Westport Harbour Board in 1886. It was briefly part of NZR from 1921 to 1930, reverting to the Harbour Board until the 1940s when it closed. It's now a rather bracing walking route.

Ngahere, near Greymouth

This is the sole surviving 'Davidson' loco, the 25th of 26 locos built at Hokitika. It was built in 1920 and worked until 1942 when it was abandoned until being gradually restored between 1974 and 2001. It is now preserved at the site of the sidings from the logging mill where it worked for many years.





Southland

Invercargill and Ohai, Southland

The southern coalfields at Ohai were reached by a branch from Invercargill.

Riverton, Southland

'Black Maria' once transported logs from Longwoods through the Porakino Valley to sawmills at Riverton. It was built by J. Johnston & Sons foundry, their class 'A', in Invercargill in 1902, retired in 1954 and restored in 2013.

Tuatapere, Southland

The Tuatapere branch was opened to Riverton in 1879 and reached Tuatapere by 1909. It was extended from Tuatapere to Orawia from 1925 until 1970. In 1976 the Tuatapere Branch was truncated to Riverton.
The logging loco was one of 7 locos of this general design built by H A Melhop of Invercargill.

Waikawa Museum, Catlins

Waikawa Museum has this interesting logging loco parked up outside. Unfortunately I can find no reference to it or anyone who seems to know of it. It may have been built by A & T Burt of Dunedin who took over from Frank Trail, who built 35 locos in the 1920s to 1930s.

Tunnel Hill or Hunts Road Tunnel, Catlins

Tunnel Hill or Hunts Road Tunnel is near Owaka on the Balclutha to Tahakopa railway and was commenced in 1891 using bricks manufactured locally.





Otago

Bluff Fort

Bluff Fort radar station was built in February 1941 and the turntable gear and frame are all that's left. The rangefinder in the observation post could plot the fall of shots within 13kms. A 6inch gun sat in front of the magazine, cleverly hidden inside what appeared to be a wooden bugalow. The camp for the gunners was further up the hill behind the magazine.

Bluff Maritime Museum and other kinds of transport

The Maritime Museum is the home to the oyster boat 'Monica', one of the oldest in the Bluff Oyster fleet, being built in 1909 for Lyttelton owners as the Monica II. She was one of many small steamers working the bays of Banks Peninsula and in 1930 was converted into a fishing boat. She came to Bluff in 1937 for Stewart Island canneries and her steam engines were removed and two 165 bhp diesel engines installed in December 1947.

On the way to Bluff, I passed a loco and some crumbling tramcars near Haywoods. Unfortunately I can find no details of the trams at all, I would have thought someone would know and recorded it.

Dunedin

In and around the station, some difficult-to-photo locomotives at the Settlers Museum and ships that pass in the daytime.

Fort Taiaroa, Otago Peninsular

Fort Taiaroa, at the far end of the Otago Peninsular, is now the home of the Royal Albatross Centre. The fort was built in the 1880's during the perceived threat from Tsarist Russia and features a series of underground tunnels leading to the Armstrong disappearing Gun and magazine area. The 6 inch Armstrong Disappearing Gun was installed in May 1889 and is the only one of its kind working and is still in its original gun pit.

Sandymount Limekilns, Otago Peninsular

Limekilns seem very few and far between in New Zealand. These are the only ones I came across. They date from 1874 and were ultimately owned by the 'Milburn Lime and Cement Co Ltd' who donated them to the 'Otago Peninsular Trust' in 1976

Glenorchy and Lake Wakatipa

An official NZR railway Station but only a short length of hand-operated track. It was connected to the railhead at Kingston and served the gold and Scheelite mines in the hills around Lake Wakatipu. The Invincible Quartz Mining Co was just one of the golsmines, set up in 1879. Scheelite is used for hardening steel and invaluable in wartime so very busy during WW2.

Oamaru

Oamaru is home to the Oamaru Steam and Rail Society who operate the Harbourside Railway, the Steampunk Museum and an incredible assortment of old loco ironmongery rescued from the sea when the seawall was rebuilt.





Canterbury and Christchurch

The Little River Branch

On my first visit to NZ in 2004 one of the family took my photo on the SIMT at Dunsandel as you do... I didn't know until much later that it was a junction of one of the Canterbury branchlines. Last year I found myself at Little River, the terminus of one of these branchlines, open from 1886 to 1962. It now forms part of 'the Little River Rail Trail', a great walking route.

Christchurch City

Arthurs Pass





Marlborough

The Picton to Kaikoura Coast Line

A trip from Picton to Christchurch and back in 2004





West Coast

Cape Foulwind, Westport

A branch line from Westport served the quarries at Cape Foulwind. It was built by the Westport Harbour Board in 1886. It was briefly part of NZR from 1921 to 1930, reverting to the Harbour Board until the 1940s when it closed. It's now a rather bracing walking route.

Ngahere, near Greymouth

This is the sole surviving 'Davidson' loco, the 25th of 26 locos built at Hokitika. It was built in 1920 and worked until 1942 when it was abandoned until being gradually restored between 1974 and 2001. It is now preserved at the site of the sidings from the logging mill where it worked for many years.

Ross and Shantytown

and an awful lot more to come - Denniston, Charming Creek, Brunner, Westport etc.





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