The narrow gauge railway was built by a (very) eccentric potter, Barry Brickell; to collect both clay and firewood for the kilns from the hills on his property. An increasing overdraft saw his bank manager suggest that the railway might be used for fare-paying passengers as well. You can read about Barry's incredible transformation of the railway by using the link above but it's an amazing construction winding through the hills. It's not just a rail journey, the old and often bizarre equipment and kilns used to produce all sorts of pottery are an attraction in themselves. It's not only pottery which is made there but glass objects, paintings and the occasional bit of ironwork too. Pottery and glass objects are tucked into all sorts of nooks and crannies in the buildings and up the track waiting to delight the people who stumble on them.
ScooterBob arriving at Driving Creek Railway
Do we drive on the left or right??
Introducing himself to the train driver, Pete Sefton
As mentioned earlier, there are all sorts of treasures tucked into recesses and by the track on the way up into the hills. Here are a few examples.
Gorgeous glassware made on site
Discarded glass vases in one of the workshops
Bizarre pottery along the track
Yet more pottery
Wonderful rustic workshop
Terracotta entrance to the tunnel
A reminder to us all....
At the top of the track, there is a viewing structure appropriately called the Eyefull Tower which gives magnificent views over Coromandel Harbour. ScooterBob took time during the climb up the spiral staircase to catch his breath and look down on the train.
Climbing up the Eyefull Tower
Taking in the great views
One last look....
SB in the pottery garden
A forged iron chandelier in the gallery lit with LED's
Part of a forged iron garden art structure
Saying goodbye to his new-found friends Peter and Jane