Which Way: Oamaru Railway

My introduction to Oamaru starts from an unlikely place, the old railway station. Others would no doubt start with the whitestone buildings, the Victorian precinct, the penguins, steampunk. But I want to start from the sea alongside which the railroad runs, boundary between town and seafront. This area feels forgotten, situated at the “back” of the town. Most visitors wouldn’t even come across it. Photos taken by Liz, 21 Jan 2019

For:ย  Which Way Challenge – Feb 07, 2019


The Oamaru Railway Station is right by the sea with a view to the Pacific Ocean.

“Oamaru’s long wooden station, designed by Railways Department architect George Troup and completed in 1900, was typical of the new stations built in major provincial centres around the turn of the 20th century.” — from NZ History Oamaru railway station (also includes a photo of the building from the street)

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This creature attracted us down to this forsaken, desolate part of town. From a distance it looked like solid metal but it proved to be plywood

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Looking across the tracks to an endless horizon

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Heading down the line takes you into the town centre

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Looking toward Cape Wanbrow

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We found this sign further down the road at the KiwiRail depot carpark. KiwiRail is the state-owned enterprise that runs the rail network in New Zealand

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Hey, look who turned up!ย  — See Nigel’s photos at Oamaru Railway: Nigel

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Text and photos by Liz; Exploring Colour (2019)

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    1. In 2016 a local artist was going to make a dinosaur exhibit/gallery in the station but ended up selling to a Chinese restaurant instead. Now nothing seems to be there. Bit of a mystery, I don’t know the background story.

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  1. This could’ve just as well been a station in a rural South African town. Our once extensive railways are falling disgracefully into disuse and many a “dorpie” (small town) are becoming ghost towns as a result.

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      1. Sadly, with the government-run railways in disarray, trucking and buses have taken over most of the transportation of goods and people. Most trains running these days are commuter trains in the big cities only, with some iron ore still being taken to Saldanha by rail and coal to Richards Bay for export.

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