Around the World - The Pacific Rim
Around the Pacific Rim
Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and Tonga
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The Transport and Industries of Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and Tonga

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Around and about Sydney's railway system

Clyde Yard and Granville

North Sydney Station


Sydney Light Railway

Sydney Monorail, now sadly demolished

Around the Harbour and its fortifications

Katoomba, Blue Mountains

Katoomba colliery and incline

Cleveland Museum, Brisbane, Quensland

Three brief days in Brisbane to visit relatives and friends but one of them took pity and took me to their local museum where this magnificent railcar, built by Crossley / AEC, lived. Then back to New Zealand.

Hong Kong

New Territories light railway

Mount Victoria Tramway

Hong Kong Tramways


The Light Rapid Transit system

A little disappointed - I was expecting rails and got a guided bus way instead - never mind. Next time I pass through Singapore I'll be a little less jet-lagged (I hardly left the hotel) and see what else there is.


Nuku'alofa copra railway

There I was, stranded on Fafa Island off Tongatapo, and when the typhoon blew itself out and I took the boat over to the mainland for a high-speed visit to a very short-lived railway. At some time, a narrow gauge railway ran from Queen Salote Wharf on the Pacific to the central lagoon of Tongatapo. The memory lives on as 'Railway Road' follows its course and, sadly, the route is all that seems to remain. Other that it was used to move copra there seems to be nothing known about it - its gauge, its motive power or its lifespan.

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