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On a great day for Auckland's water supply, DFB 7322 and DFB 7023 crest the Whangarata Bank with a heavy train MP4 in tow. The metroport services are usually the domain of the DL class, though a number of DFB pairs have been running some services over the last few days

Two of the second batch of 15 AM class EMUs entered service during the last week. AM 810 and AM 836 have been running exclusively on the Onehunga Line since introduction, and are seen here running weekend services on the branch

As part of the North Auckland Line upgrade project, covering Swanson to Whangarei, a number of work trains have been operating over weekends from Westfield to a number of locations. Here, we see one such train, which spent the weekend offloading sleepers before returning to Westfield empty. DFB 7077 and DFB 7049 provided the power for this weekend's train, with only DFB 7077 in power on the trip home. As a bonus, DL 9072 and DCP 4790 are seen descending into Ellerslie with the port shunt, running via Newmarket instead of the usual route via Panmure due to track work on the North Island Main Trunk

After 7 weeks of COVID-19 lockdown, New Zealand was finally free to roam around again, including for railfanning. Here we see some freight trains during the first weekend of Alert Level 2

DBR 1254 was let out onto the mainline running solo for the first time on 16 February 2020, running the Thermal Explorer from Waiuku to Kinleith and return. After dropping off passengers at Tokoroa and Kinleith, the train made a short side trip from Tokoroa to Hinuera and return

Three trains through Pukekohe in the evening sunset - DL 9469 on train 345, ADL 809, and DBR 1254 leading DFB 7160 on A04. The carriages on A04 were heading to Westfield empty before being relocated to Whangarei the next day

For the first time since restoration, DBR 1254 was let out onto the mainline on a trip from Hamilton to Waharoa and return, during Auckland Anniversary weekend. Seen here is the empty service from Glenbrook to Hamilton, and the train heading out to Waharoa and back. DFB 7160 went along for the ride acting as insurance

Christmas lights at Glenbrook returned for 2019, with additional lights and more carriages operating. This year, DBR 1295 joined Ww 480 to run 8-car services over nine nights

After 13 months of hard work by GVR volunteers, DBR 1254 was unveiled to RES members and GVR volunteers on 29 September 2019. The locomotive was completely stripped down and overhauled, eventually turning out in a fresh Fruit Salad livery. DBR 1254 is intended for mainline running and is at present not far off receiving certification as a heritage vehicle

For the first time in several years, a train ran from Auckland to the Fieldays at Mystery Creek Events Centre. This train was organised by the Railway Enthusiasts Society and comprised of DFB 7213 hauling the Glenbrook Vintage Railway mainline fleet. The train ran to Te Awamutu to drop off Fieldays passengers, then to Te Kuiti with the remaining passengers to turn the locomotive

Newly overhauled Af 1182 had a trial run on 25 May, on a six-total train simulating a normal running day. DBR 1295 provided the power for the trial, with GVR staff acting as passengers. Af 1182 has been overhauled as a dining car, to be paired with the parlour car

After arrival at the Glenbrook Vintage Railway, DCP 4818 is towed from Glenbrook to its new base at Pukeoware, behind DBR 1295. The locomotive is expected to have the same duties as the DBRs after overhaul, namely mainline passenger excursions

A busy day at the Glenbrook Vintage Railway on 30 March, as the Vintage Harvest Festival, the Te Kuiti Muster excursion and a Grand Pacific Tours charter all fall on the same day. Shown here are shunt movements at Glenbrook in the morning, with DBR 1295 coming off the excursion and the arrival of DFB 7077 after the passage of train 140R. In the evening, we see the excursion depart from Pukekohe after waiting for train 143R to clear the branch line

Standard railcar RM 31 headed north from home base at Pahiatua to Auckland on 23 February 2019, for a private charter from Helensville to Mt Maunganui the day after. We follow the railcar from National Park to Pukekohe, and catch it again the following day at Takaanini

On the last day of 2018, DC 4260 ran the dairy shunts servicing the dairy factories at Waitoa and Hautapu. Here, we see the train departing Waitoa after collecting wagons and heading back to Te Rapa with a decent load for this line

Genesis Energy coal trains were recently re-introduced, to carry imported coal from Mt Maunganui to Rotowaro. Here, DL 9348 hauls empty coal train GC3 back to Mt Maunganui, with the rake of CET class coal wagons in tow

Over the two weekends prior to Christmas, Glenbrook Vintage Rail and Counties Power decorated Glenbrook station and the mainline fleet in Christmas lights for the festive season, with trains giving rides from Glenbrook to Pukeoware and return during the evening. Ww 480 provided the motive power, and the trips drew in large crowds

J 1211 marks its return to mainline rails by running the North Pole Express, a Christmas-themed excursion from Strand to Wiri and back, with several shuttle runs made over the course of the day. DC 4467 towed the empty service from the Glenbrook Vintage Railway and also provided motive power for the return trips to the Strand. Santa Claus boarded each Wiri-bound train at Orakei

Trains 200, MP8 and 334 through Paerata on a Sunday evening, along with some ADL class DMUs on Pukekohe shuttle runs

DL 9452 heads train 138 through Glenbrook to the steel mill at Mission Bush, with shunt locomotive DSC 2720 in tow

Glenbrook Vintage Railway took delivery of their latest acquisitions from KiwiRail, AO 198, ASO 110 and ASO 1, delivered by train 138 after a journey over several days from Middlemarch

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