Story: Country towns

Inchbonnie flag-station

Inchbonnie flag-station

At its greatest extent New Zealand’s rail network had over 1,350 stations, although many were no more than flag-stations, where people would stop an approaching train by waving a flag. In the 1950s and 1960s many stations and branch lines were closed, which had a negative impact on some country towns. This flag-station is at Inchbonnie, on the South Island’s West Coast.

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Jock Phillips, 'Country towns - Prosperity and decline, 1950–1990', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 14 July 2024)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 24 Nov 2008