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Tramline Centenary

Waitakere Tramline society in Auckland, NZ are holding their 100th year Celebrations frm October 12th to the 24th.The line was built originally to transport materials and labour for constructing a reservoir to supply the rapidly expanding poulation of Auckland.A narrow gauge line was laid from Swanson railway station four miles to the dam site, for horse drawn transport. A steam driven rock crusher plant was built at the entrance to a 2000 foot tunnel mined through the rock, and eventually adam and pipeline constructed. The workers had several camps along the line, some living in canvas tents. The line operates today as a non profit society, crewed purely by volunteers. It runs public fare paying return trips on Sundays along the present 2.4 km track which at times hugs a bush clad valley that overlooks the dam.Why not pay us a visit when in Auckland or join us in October.Bookings are cheap, and essential.ph.064 09 836 0900 evenings NZT.Or visit www.waitakeretramline.org.nz

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