Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Waikokopu Slip, 1957

On August 12, 1957, a huge slip carried away a 250-metre section of the Napier-Gisborne railway line just short of Waikokopu. It took heavy earthmoving machinery four weeks to restore the railway line and the Nuhaka to Opoutama road which runs closely alongside it.

Google Earth map of the area, the slip area is roughly in the centre of this picture. The well known S bend in the railway line at Waikokopu can be seen to the right.

NZRM map of the same area. Waikokopu station site can be seen at right.

Gisborne Photo News spread from 22 August 1957. See the GPN website for larger photos.

More photos appeared in the Gisborne Photo News edition of 19 September 1957.