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Scenes from 1880s New Zealand Narrow Gauge

April 16, 2010

These photos might give you an interesting idea for an interesting Narrow Gauge layout. From soggy jungles to a port featuring a forest of tallship masts. Interesting tank locomotives and scenic towns would make for an fascinating.

All the photos are from the National Library of New Zealand.

Overhanging Tree along the ROW

Soggy Jungles with overhanging tropical vegetation, with the right of way barely carved out of the thick foliage.

NZ tank locomotive

What a elegant 4-4-0T tank locomotive and a mixed train! Plenty of inspiring scenes like this would be worth modeling.

Whales stranded on the wrong side of a tidal trestle

How about more unusual scenery like beached whales trapped on the wrong side of a tidal trestle when the tide went out? Definitely an interesting scenic element.

Overlook of Bay with Port and Tall Ships New Zealand

Imagine modeling 1880’s pacific tallships and a beautiful wooden dock with reasonably complex trackwork, a small 0-4-0T, most likely british built, handling the cars on the dock…it would be great.

down on the waterfront New Zealand.

How about this cozy port city?

Handcar

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Scott permalink
    April 21, 2010 6:01 am

    That dock would be great for a “shunting puzzle” micro layout!

  2. Alexrat permalink
    May 12, 2010 8:52 am

    awesome photos !!

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