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July 17th 2010
Published: July 18th 2010
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I took the train from Christchurch to Greymouth, east coast to west coast, crossing South Island, New Zealand. I don't seem to have time to write lengthy descriptions and will let the comments on the pictures describe the journey. This train ride is suppose to be one of the best in the world in terms of scenery. You can decide. The cool winds made riding in observation carriage challenging and the wet morning may have dulled the landscape for the first two hours.


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FrameFrame
Frame

I think I'll frame this one when I get home. Return trip towards Christchurch with setting sun.
MapMap
Map

Route for today's trip.
Jump AboardJump Aboard
Jump Aboard

I had to change seats so I would face forward on this early train.
RainyRainy
Rainy

It was rainy in Christchurch this morning. The first part of the journey was covered in misty clouds.
GorgeGorge
Gorge

Highlights of first part of trip.
Observation CarriageObservation Carriage
Observation Carriage

There was open compartment to take photos....in chilling winds. It was worth the cold, to get pics away from window reflection
COLDCOLD
COLD

The wind was relentless, freezing our fingers while we grasped onto our cameras, moving from side to side to catch the perfect shots.
ArthurArthur
Arthur

The train stopped for photos. Everyone got off the train, to snap pics or smoke. Fog decorated the mountains.
Pass of ArthurPass of Arthur
Pass of Arthur

He was the engineer's son, the one who picked the correct mountain pass to explore for train route.
MoodyMoody
Moody

I wonder what it is like to live up here?
Post-15-Minutes in TunnelPost-15-Minutes in Tunnel
Post-15-Minutes in Tunnel

The entire train went 'oooooooh' when the train emerged from long dark tunnel and suddenly we were in sunlight.
Biggest LakeBiggest Lake
Biggest Lake

This is the biggest lake in this area.
JadeJade
Jade

Jade is/was mined in Greymouth
Glacial RiverGlacial River
Glacial River

The river we have been following by train finally meets the Tasmanian sea.
MuseumMuseum
Museum

Tribute to coal miners and railway builders.
StatueStatue
Statue

Dedicated to everyone who helps someone.


Tot: 0.086s; Tpl: 0.049s; cc: 11; qc: 25; dbt: 0.0152s; 1; m:saturn w:www (104.131.125.221); sld: 2; ; mem: 1.2mb