Port to Plains
by David Welch
Who would believe the inside story of a railway tunnel could be so interesting?
Port to Plains celebrates the 150th anniversary of the Lyttelton Railway Tunnel by exploring the politics, the technology and the human stories behind the construction of the Lyttelton Railway Tunnel – the largest single engineering project of colonial New Zealand. The tunnel, from the vote to build to final completion, took 16 years; inspired Vogel’s great railway construction programme and helped shape the way New Zealanders see themselves and their country.
Port to Plains offers a richly illustrated, time-tunnel journey into a world of people, not so different from ourselves, tackling huge problems, with high hopes and hand tools, gunpowder and collective determination.
1 Dreams and Expectations
2 Footing it – Over the Bridle Path
3 The Sea and River Trade
4 The Sumner Road! The Sumner Road!
5 The Railway Tunnel – a False Start
6 Moorhouse goes to Melbourne
7 Construction of the Tunnel
8 New Zealand’s First Railway
9 The Moorhouse Tunnel – the Breakthrough
10 The Great Railway Building Era
11 Back on the Road again
12 Lyttelton Railway Tunnel – a Link between the Islands
13 Electricity and Earthquakes – the Tunnel in the Modern Era
Appendix: List of known Tunnel Workers
Soft cover • 220x210mm • 204 pages
• Over 100 Colour and black & white illustrations