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Waiting for the Elevator

Just got back from a long weekend in Wanganui (Geo tagged). There is a monument on top of a high hill over looking this coastal town. The residents wanted an easy way to get to the top.

 

Instead of a cable car or gondola, they constructed a 205 metre tunnel at the foot of the hill and a 66 metre vertical elevator shaft. Built in 1919, it still operates today with an Elevator Lady who collects $2 from each passenger.

 

There are only two such elevators in the world, so if anyone knows where the other one is, I would be interested to know :)

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Taken on July 25, 2010