Rail Heritage award for refurbished hut

RESTORED: Ian Darling, of the Pleasant Point Railway, with the ganger's hut that has won an award.
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RESTORED: Ian Darling, of the Pleasant Point Railway, with the ganger's hut that has won an award.

The Pleasant Point Railway has been recognised for restoration work on a ganger's hut.

The Rail Heritage Trust of New Zealand presented the restoration award earlier this week for a project that took several years to complete.

The hut is now on site at the railway and has an extensive history, although no-one seems to know its age.

INTERIOR PEEK: Inside the ganger's hut.
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INTERIOR PEEK: Inside the ganger's hut.

The hut was bought in 1968 by Ross McKay for $10 when the Fairlie line closed. He used it for storage until 2003 when he donated it to the Pleasant Point Railway.

Lindsay Fryer restored the structure, and a team led by Ian Darling made the interior look as if a ganger had just left it to go to work, complete with the stove that was in use up until 1968.

Murray King, Rail Heritage Trust of New Zealand chairman, said the hut was a fine reminder of the living and working conditions of its day.

Pleasant Point Railway president Bryan Blanchard said he believed there were now only a few examples left in New Zealand.

There were once thousands of gangers' huts around the country and few of them are left, he said.

The Timaru Herald