Spending some time in Timaru (the Clacton-on-Sea of the south) I set sail for the local railway line to find something interesting. Timaru is one of the old ports on the east coast and was a major transit point for the farm produce from South and mid Canterbury. There was also a large town to support.
So, onto the pictures. First up, one of the more famous buildings on the railway, just north of the railway station. It was once served by a private siding and wagon turntable (even in my lifetime).
Looking the other way from the pedestrian overbridge, We have the rather empty main yard and old railway station (now a garage and intercity bus terminal). Its also very ugly in that horrible 1960's style.
A closer pic of the non-descript warehouses on the other side of the line. Just thinking, their non descriptiveness would make them an ideal shunting layout background.
Back on the station side of the line, and it gets interesting again. There was once a short passing loop and a siding running back towards this building. The name and purpose are pretty obvious.
Heading down to the south road crossing there is another interesting collection of buildings. closer are 2 seeds stores, and behind what I think was once the (good) Timaru brewery.
And a local icon, the old mill, which was once a night club.
And just to demonstrate the rise from the 'seafront' to the top of the hill, here is a shot looking down on the loco depot.