X Machina

Standing at 95 metres (312 ft), this is the tallest viaduct in Australasia. It took seven years to construct from 1930 due to unanticipated delays caused by the 1929 stock market crash and the Depression, and the 1931 Hawkes Bay earthquake. Its first use was for road traffic after large-scale flooding in April 1938 partly … Continue reading X Machina

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Machineries of Joy

This viaduct was built at the very end of the 19th century, overcoming a major valley obstacle in the construction of a national rail line in New Zealand. It is over 200 metres long and at over 70 metres high it was in its time the highest viaduct in the country. The construction took six … Continue reading Machineries of Joy

Ruapehu Railways

Standing at the feet of Mt Ruapehu are the remains of several railway viaducts in various stages of decay. Modernisation of the railway network and the move towards concrete bridges in place of the historic steel viaducts has meant that these symbols of industrialisation are no longer in use. One of the viaducts has been … Continue reading Ruapehu Railways