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Touring New Zealand's North Island by Campervan

Although we had initially hoped to do several things on the Coromandel peninsula, the Driving Creek Railway and Potteries was the only major thing we got done. Next time, we'll allocate a week or so just for the Coromandel.

The whole Driving Creek facility kept us shaking our heads in amazement that one man could accomplish this. While we usually think of railways as industrial projects, this one is more of a whimsical work of art that you truly have to see to believe. To climb the mountain (that is being replanted with native trees) with a train requires 2 spirals, 3 short tunnels, 5 reversing points and several large viaducts. There are smaller artworks are everywhere you look - incorporated into walls, hanging from trestle beams and set in the forest.

The Double-deck viaduct seen in this photo is one of the notable engineering accomplishments on the line.

This photograph is © 2008-2013 by Murray Lundberg, and is not to be copied without express permission.
Driving Creek Railway