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Fascinating look at the abandoned branch lines and the fading stations and tunnels that dot New Zealand. The authors have recorded the lines systematically, with ghost branches listed by location: in North Auckland, the Bay of Plenty and the East Coast, the North Island (West Coast and Central), Wellington and Wairarapa, Nelson and the West Coast on the South Island, Canterbury, Otago, and Southland. Includes a discussion of where each line is, how to get there (and even if it's worth visiting), why it was built, and information about its construction, decline, and abandonment. Illustrated throughout with black and white photos. With maps. Perfect for the armchair traveler or the world traveler. 124 pages.
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Book Description Grantham House Publishing, 1995. Soft cover. Condition: Fine. Pictorial card cover, excellent clean copy, illustrated with b&w photographs and maps, cover has light wear and top left hand edge fade as well as spine fade. Exploring New Zealand's Ghost Railways. The rail system was once the lifeblood of New Zealand, connecting the people and produce of remote settlements and rural areas with ports, industries, towns and cities. Largely gone now are the many small, often busy, branch and main lines that criss-crossed the landscape, and the little stations that became the centres of their communities, but the remains of these lines have left a fascinating legacy. As this attractively illustrated book shows, discovering ghost railways is a journey into an intriguing aspect of New Zealand's past when the railway ruled the land. Weight 0.4 g Size 263 mm by 193 mm. Seller Inventory # 000374