No. 106 on old hardcopy list of 113 club tramps. “Bus Trip to Old Central Railway”
29/3/2011. All. Daisy Bank – Hyde. Rail Trail.
GPS of Railtrail route, courtesy Ken.
Bob’s bus was big and comfortable. Thanks to one or two club members rounding up extra passengers, numbers travelling managed (just) to reach the 30 needed to pay for it. We arrived at Daisy Bank at ten past ten so decided to start the walk with morning tea.
Morning Tea, under what shade was available. (John pic)
With Bev willing to play the role of back-marker, we were able to set off at our own times, at our own paces and with whomsoever we cared to link up.
A warm nor-wester tail-wind comfortably tempered what might otherwise have been too hot a day. But so vigorous was its assistance at times, it was difficult to maintain a dignified walking-pace.
The viaducts were great. This one, awesome.
Prices Creek Viaduct. (Ken pic)
To the left of the tunnel entrance was the following interesting notice.
Tunnel sign (John pic)
Ken, who in a previous life had worked with DoC, and had hammered some of the nails into the previous viaduct, on two – yes, two – occasions was willing to escort companions close-by at the time, down to the Taieri River diversion channel referred to in the above notice.
Diversion inlet. Can just see the outlet. (Ken pic)
Diversion outlet. (Ken pic)
Tunnel Entrance. (Ken pic).
Yours truly was willing to cast all photogenic illusions aside to grace a tunnel alcove with human interest.
Tunnel alcove. (Ken pic)
The cafe at the end did a roaring trade accommodating a big club spend-up. The day was still relatively young, and we were in no hurry to get back on the bus, so we didn’t, for a restful long while.
Hyde Hotel Cafe.
At long last, we were back on the bus and headed back to Dunedin through a surprising band of rain at one point. A good day out, well-enjoyed by all. – Ian
20/5/2009. Hikers. Daisy Bank to Hyde. Rail Trail. (Cancelled. Weather wet, windy. Middlemarch road closed. Snow.) Leaders: Neil, Evelyn C.
6/3/2002. Daisy Bank – Hyde. Rail Trail.
20/11/1997 ( Data missing)