Charming Creek

By: Louk Vreeswijk

Oct 11 2015

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Category: New Zealand, Oceania

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From 1928 onward, the Charming Creek Valley on the west coast of New Zealand’s South Island became the scene of industrious coal-mining activity. A small railway track was built through the valley along the creek to transport the coal from the mine, which was about 10 kilometer inland, to the coast. After 30 years the railway line was abandoned and coal was transported by road, till mining stopped altogether in the late 1980’s. From then on, nature has again taken over the sites of the old coalmine. Discarded machinery can still be seen here and there, rusty lying idle.

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Walking along the creek one can follow part of the old railway track where it is not yet completely overgrown by bushes and trees as in the picture. It makes the creek walk even more charming than it may have been hundred years ago.

Photos of the week: Charming Creek, New Zealand 2013

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