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Photographer's Note

This train is on its way to Christchurch from Greymouth on the west coast. Its pictured here at Arthurs Pass, a small settlement in the National Park of the same name.

The 924m pass was on the route used by the Maori to reach the west coast, but when Arthur Dobson discovered it in 1864, it found its name. The gold rush in the west coast had created pressure to find a crossing over the Southern Alps from Christchurch. A coach road was completed within a year of Dobsons discovery. In 1923, after demands from the coal and timber trades, this railway was completed.

The snow plough on the front of the train acts as a reminder as to what sort of environment this train can be in, and indeed during periods of heavy snow, can be the only way up here when the road gets blocked.

The town is a great place to stay, most the population being that of tourists. From here there are many walks and climbs into the surrounding beauty.

I auto levelled the colours before sharpening and posting.

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