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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 8, Issue 6 (October 2, 1933)

Through the Alps

Through the Alps.

Altogether, New Zealand's railways, which give easy access to the principal scenic, sporting and health resorts, can claim to be scenic, but of course some sections are more scenic than others. A particularly picturesque line from the West Coast traverses the Southern Alps, pierced by an electrified tunnel 5 1/4 miles in length (the longest of the British Empire), goes through colossal gorges, and crosses the forty-mile wide plain of Canterbury, notable for its very pleasant farming landscapes.