Story: King Country region

North Island main trunk line: Raurimu spiral compass (2nd of 3)

North Island main trunk line: Raurimu spiral compass

The Raurimu spiral on the main trunk railway line is justly famous and has appeared in railways publicity material on a number of occasions since its construction. A more unusual piece of ephemera is this Raurimu spiral compass. Early travellers along the main trunk line could purchase one for sixpence and follow their journey around the spiral. The map has a peculiar transcription error: the non-existent word 'schoing' appears above the Raurimu station. Sleuths from the King Country historical journal Roll back the years discovered that the artist transcribed '5 chains' (the distance between the station and the first level of the spiral) as handwritten on the source map as 'schoing'.

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Abundant Past, Richards Collection
Reference: 11091

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Kerryn Pollock. 'King Country region - Transport and infrastructure', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, updated 16-Nov-12
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