This view is taken from the Palmerston Napier road, west end of the first tunnel looking towards Ashurst [sic] and Palmerston. In the foreground with the use of reading-glass, may be seen a wire-rope type and cage, on the left is faintly seen the roadway, on the right is seen the railway lines disappearing on the right and where it will shortly connect with the Pohangina Railway Bridge. The river here is much wider and the water turns each side of an egg-shaped island about 1/2 mile long to where the Pohangina River junctions with the Manawatu River, thence it takes a turn at right angles and disappears away from the left, on its way to Foxton.
R McGonagle 1888
Note - about 1 mile west from where this was taken 1/2 mile to the left, the Manawatu is spanned by a road-bridge (timber) 9-80 [?] and several short spans. The water rises about 20 ft here and follows the low lying grounds [?] here and Foxton.