Barrie Brickell was a teacher-turned-potter who built New Zealand's only narrow gauge railway through native bush that he planted himself. He originally built the railway to move clay down the mountain for his use as a potter. (below). He began charging for rides to pay back his loans.
The traincars and everything that you see on your ride are made and maintained by employees at Driving Creek Railway. The commentary on the ride and at the top (The Eye Full Tower!) are
full of fun facts about the owner and the property.
Among the many interesting pottery items along the tracks, the cross below marks the final resting place of Barrie Brickell.
I would imagine that you can ride this train many times and still see and hear about things you missed before!
Some of the walls are made of beer and wine bottles donated by the public.
This was our driver who usually works in the workshop.
If you are interested in more information about this whimsical place, click here. Click the three horizontal bars on the right to see more pages.