Tuesday, November 30, 2010

in Auckland, 85 years ago

Even those who now live and work in this area could be excused for not knowing where this scene was taken as it has changed out of all recognition in the meantime.

It is in fact taken in Beach Road, looking towards Parnell Rise in the distance. There are tram tracks in Beach Road, which disappeared in the 1950s, and the rail tracks mostly disappeared after the 1930s Auckland Station was built. Some remained until recent times, but now there are only the passenger lines leading underground to the Britomart rail terminal. The WAB tank engine near the camera seems to be shunting refrigerated meat wagons.

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