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Old Blue Bus Raurimu Spiral Main Trunk Line Abandoned in New Zealand


Wairarapa Daily Times, Volume LIX, Issue 9148, 21 August 1908

To Quote....To sleep in a sitting posture with a strong nasal accompaniment for a lullaby is difficult for people unaccustomed to it, but snatches of slumber were obtained, apparently, by a decided majority. Early morning showed that the iron steed had passed Taumaranui, crossed the Upper Wanganui, and racing through the forest. A feature of the Main Trunk line is that every section has a Maori name.

From 6. 30 a.m. till 11, a four and a half hours journey, the trip was made through a portion of the line still in the hands of the Public Works Department. It is hoped that this portion of the line, however, will be ready for traffic and placed in the hands of the Railway Department by November Ist. Small but well-constructed station buildings have been erected ancl quite a number of good weatherboard cottages are built at the different stopping-places. The stations are mostly five or six miles apart. Between Owango, which we passed at 5.30 a.m., and Waiouru, situated nearly 1500 feet above the sea level, three or four stations—Oio, Raurimu, Waimarino and Orepetu (Horopito). Raurimu is a promising little township, backed up by some very good milling bush. Waimarino is situated on a vast tussocky plain, upon which a few sheep are grazing. Numerous streams, swollen by the rain, and some of them a dark chocolate colour, are crossed, and there are heavy cuttings exhibiting huge boulders and shell rock.

At Mataroa, which was reached at noon, there is a good school, a large sawmill and plenty of fine milling timber. Of Taihape, the excursionists had only a glimpse. It seems a fine township, with numerous two storey buildings, resembling in size and appearance Masterton, about twenty years ago. Mangaweka and Ohingaiti do not seem to be growing very rapidly....

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Taken on June 27, 2012