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Thermal Explorer

DBR 1254's first solo outing with the Thermal Explorer from Waiuku to Kinleith and return

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With its run on the ECMT almost complete, DBR 1254 passes through Walton before heading onto the Kinleith Branch at Waharoa

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DBR 1254 approaches Waharoa before heading onto the Kinleith Branch

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DBR 1254 is dwarfed by the mountainous backdrop

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On the Kinleith Branch, DBR 1254 approaches Totman Road between Matamata and Tirau

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Passing paddocks, DBR 1254 crosses Totman Road

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DBR 1254 leans into the curve just before crossing Totman Road

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Through Putaruru, DBR 1254 leads train C01 past the junction with the mothballed Rotorua Branch

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DBR 1254 passes the mothballed Rotorua Branch at Putaruru

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DBR 1254 leads train C01 into the loop at Tokoroa to allow passengers to disembark

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Buses wait at Tokoroa as DBR 1254 pulls into the loop

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DBR 1254 stops in the loop at Tokoroa

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Passengers are guided off the train and onto buses. Passengers had the option of disembarking at Tokoroa and catching a guided bus tour, or continuing to Kinleith and catching buses to Orakei Korako

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After passengers are clear, DBR 1254 departs Tokoroa and heads for Kinleith

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After waiting for clearance to enter the yard, DBR 1254 rolls into the Kinleith yard

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DBR 1254 leads the train into the yard at Kinleith

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Rolling past the grassy Waikato landscape, DBR 1254 crosses the road into the yard

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The remaining passengers are unloaded just before the firn turnout. In the background, DL 9636 waits to depart with train 483

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DBR 1254 meets DL 9636 in the yard at Kinleith

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The train sits on the mainline just before the Kinleith yard

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While DBR 1254 was turned at Kinleith, DL 9636 passes through Tokoroa with train 483

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DL 9636 passes through Tokoroa, about to pass a crowd of people waiting for DBR 1254

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