opening of the railway to Westport allowed development of the Buller
The first mines were on the bleak Denniston plateau nearly 2,000 feet
above the coastal plain.
The only way in and out was originally by incline wagon, a hair-raising
means of transport, or walking on the incline itself, both dangerous.
incline operated from 1879 until 1967 and carried 13 million tons of
coal during that time. The incline and other works are now being
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