At its greatest extent New Zealand’s rail network had over 1,350 stations, although many were no more than flag-stations, where people would stop an approaching train by waving a flag. In the 1950s and 1960s many stations and branch lines were closed, which had a negative impact on some country towns. This flag-station is at Inchbonnie, on the South Island’s West Coast.
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Photograph by Paul Hamer
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