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Denniston is a small settlement, 15 kilometers (9 miles) east of Westport, on the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand. It is situated on the Denniston Plateau, 600 meters (2000 feet) above sea level in the Papahaua Ranges.
During the first few decades of the 20th Century, up to 1400 people lived in the townships on the Denniston Plateau to service the large coal mines there. Coal was transported in railway wagons from the plateau via the Denniston Incline to Conns Creek, where steam locomotives of New Zealand Railways took coal trains to the port of Westport. The Denniston Incline closed in 1967.
The plateau now has a population of fewer than 10 people, and virtually all the buildings and structures have gone, although many historical relics remain – scattered throughout the plateau and incline area amongst the scrub vegetation. There are proposals for future mining on the Denniston Plateau. [Source: Wikipedia] SONG – Telegraph Road ARTIST – Dire Straits ALBUM – Telegraph Road Thanks to FireTheLier for everything that has been done with me throughout our relationship.