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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Waihi and Waikino , New Zealand, 24 September 2010

We took the trip back to Auckland via the Bay of Plenty coast to call in at the goldfields town of Waihi.
Some mining tramway remains were on display in the town.
There is also a tourist railway between Waihi and nearby Waikino, called the 'Goldfields Railway'. We caught up with the train at Waikino, hauled by a modern Baguley-Drewry diesel and with a most attractive driver in charge.

Across the gorge at Waikino are the ruins of the Victoria Battery with a 2ft gauge tourist line on site. Nearly everything was locked away – battery locomotives are used, but the line would be an interesting one to travel on.

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