Fascinating descriptions of the railways and tramlines built in New Zealand around Nelson and in the West Coast Region between 1880 and the 1940s. The book is based largely on official records of the Department of Public Works and includes maps and gradient profiles as well as being illustrated throughout with vintage black and white photos, many showing the actual construction of the lines. Briefly describes over 10 pre-government railways and wooden bush tramways, such as the Dun Mountain Railway and the Brighton and St. Kilda Tramway, before turning to a fuller story of the later government lines, such as the Midland Railway and the Westport-Inangahua Railway. Invaluable for anyone interested in New Zealand railroad history. 65 pages.