Avoca, New Zealand

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Avoca is a locality in the Canterbury Region of New Zealand. It is situated along the Midland Railway Line between Craigieburn and Staircase. There are no permanent residents, but it once supported a small number of railway staff.

Mount Torlesse Coal Company[edit]

This company operated coal mines in the adjacent Broken River Valley between ca. 1917 and ca. 1928. It operated a 70 cm horse and steam hauled tramway from an approx. 700-metre-long inclined plane that hauled coal up out of the Broken River valley, thence 2.7 kilometers along a high hill-side to another inclined plane that lowered coal approx 600 meters to bins at Avoca railway station. Coal was then distributed throughout Canterbury. The opening of the Otira Railway Tunnel in 1923 giving access to cheaper coal from Westland probably contributed significantly to the company's demise. The old mine managers house is now used by the Conservation Department as a field staff training facility.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rails Magazine 7/2001: Quail New Zealand Railway Atlas, 4th Ed. Quail Map Co.: Stormbeird Research paper, 2000.

Coordinates: 43°9′49″S 171°52′28.5″E / 43.16361°S 171.874583°E / -43.16361; 171.874583