Sunday, October 23, 2016
It's a bit ambiguous what the man is announcing he's back from; as well as hot springs, Hanmer Springs was the site of a well-known alcoholics rehabilitation hospital, Queen Mary, which finally closed in 2003. The Canterbury District Health Board then said it was going to put it on the market, but in 2010 said it was donating the buildings to the local council.
You couldn't get to Hanmer Springs by rail; the closest station was the end of the Waiau branch, but Culverden would have been the station for a change to a bus.
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One of the ubiquitous F class 0-6-0ST's with a goods train attached. Horses with carts are in the yard, but no motor vehicles are visible. The 38.5 km branch line from Greymouth to here was opened in 1893 and it still exists, although these buildings are history.
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'It is unknown who placed the device and what their motivation was [we can make an accurate guess]. Therefore it remains possible that the perpetrator may attempt to place further devices. The threat level will continue to be reviewed as further information is received,' said a police spokesman.
Update: a 19-year-old 'Asian' was arrested in connection with this plot. Story
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