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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 65

Night Work

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Night Work.

Double the above fares (by time or by distance) may be charged; before 8 a.m. and after 7 p.m.

These fares apply to days other than Sundays only.

The hirer or passenger shall have the option of paying either by distance or time.

The town of Wanganui is situated on the river of the same name, about four miles from the entrance, where it falls into the sea. A short line of railroad connects the town with the Heads, and here, in the future, a great deal of the work of the port will be done. At present steamers have four miles of river to ascend to the town wharves, which are of a substantial character, and contain goods sheds, bonded stores, &c., belonging to the Government; and the Foxton and Taranaki Railway has sidings on the wharf by which goods are speedily transferred from the vessels to the trucks, and vice versâ. The New Zealand Loan and Mercantile Agency Co. have an imposing warehouse and stores; Hogan Bros., and the Railway Station are all on Taupo Quay. A splendid bridge of iron spans the river, 600 feet in length, which was erected at a cost of £40,000. Above the bridge, which has a centre span, and which swings to admit of vessels passing through, is a scene of more than ordinary beauty. The river is of a great width, and the mountain range, of which the crowning point is Mount Ruapehu, is not to be excelled. The cliffs on the right bank of the river are named after Shakespeare. The town is built on the north bank of the river, the chief street, Victoria Avenue, containing the best portion of the shops and offices. The cross streets, Taupo Quay and Ridgway Street, are, however, pretty well crowded with shops and offices. Victoria Avenue is almost a portion of the Great North Road. Three lines or roads lead out to the opal country and to the various centres of population lying around Wanganui, and are known as No. 1, No. 2, and No. 3 Lines, respectively, being so named when constructed by the troops during the late Maori war, and have been known as such ever since, Very confusing this nomenclature is to the newcomer, who is some time before he can distinguish between 1, 2, and 3 Lines, to say nothing of another road called the Brunswick Line.

At Aramoho, the river is crossed by a substantial railway bridge; and at Aramoho, the junction of the northern and southern portions of the line take place, the southern crossing the bridge, and the northern ascending the hill by a long incline.

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The suburbs of Wanganui are Taylorville, on the southern side of the river, and the hills on the No. 2 Line, on which is built the suburbs of Durietown; and Eastown, where the Government Workshops are situated.

On the northern side, in addition to Aramoho, St. John's Hill, where a splendid view of the valley and river are obtained, as well as the view seaward; Mosstown, on the flat between the sea and St. John's Hill. The suburbs contain many well-built houses, with gardens.