Dunedin Railway Station New Zealand

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  1. gormo

    gormo Staff Member Administrator

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    G`day Folks,
    Here`s one for all you budding scratch builders.
    Stunning Dunedin railway station in the south island of New Zealand.

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    The Booking Hall

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    Anyone for a bit of mosaic tile laying..???


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    Platform scene

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    Beautiful stone work

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  2. Keith M

    Keith M Staff Member Moderator

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    Stunning! They don't make 'em like that anymore Gormo, that was back in the days of "Because we can". A couple of years ago Mrs M and I visited 'Papplewick Pumping Station", a Victorian water pumping station on the outskirts of Nottingham, which supplied drinking water to the residents for many years. It's built in an isolated spot near to woodlands, has been preserved in it's original condition and is 'steamed' on UK Bank Holidays, another example of "Because we can". Ornate wrought ironwork beautifully painted, stained glass windows and massive beam pumps, and all completed on schedule and on budget, it ran up until the 1960's as I understand. It didn't need to be so ornate, very few of the general public would ever have even seen the outside during operational years never mind the inside, and exactly what benefit to the workers stained glass windows would have been is questionable, but in those days that didn't seem to matter, it was probably a case of 'Civic Pride', nowadays we can't seem to build anything that completes on time, even less on budget.......where did we go wrong?
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  3. gormo

    gormo Staff Member Administrator

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    Yes I think you are right Keith about civic pride.
    I t`s understandable with the railway station, but a water pumping station with stained glass windows...?????.....the town fathers must have had a good budget to work with.
    Dunedin is and was a very prosperous city with a Cathedral and a University, Museums etc......all the trappings of a civilized society.....and it`s commonly referred to as the Edinburgh of the south......so that description may give you a better idea of what it`s like.
    Dunedin station is impressive and you could imagine arriving there by train many years ago and realizing that this is where the money lives...:avatar:
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