Three trains in the Tauranga area on 12 and 13 January 2018. DL 9331 on train 354, DL 9279 on train MP5 and DL 9233 on train 483 all feature

DFB 7023 and DFB 7199 lead train 200, the Christmas Eve Northern Explorer, into Papakura station. Due to a recent spate of breakdowns of DFBs on Wairarapa Line trains, all of those trains and the Northern Explorer are double-headed as an immediate solution

The northbound Sunday daytime freight service, train 240, seen at Waiouru and crossing Makatote Viaduct, with EF 30226 and EF 30134 on the head

Making their first run as heritage locomotives, DBR 1254 and DBR 1295 made an appearance at the GVR, on an RES members only train. DBR 1295 was not performing well so was placed on the turntable at Glenbrook, leaving DBR 1254 to head the train on its own. Several photo runs were made during the day, to show off the GVR's new locomotives to members

Glenbrook Vintage Railway's latest acquisitions, DBR 1254 and DBR 1295, head north on train 234S, with DL 9141 and DFB 7267 hauling the 47-total train. DL 9141 and the two DBRs had left Hutt Workshops the previous day, with the DL just out after accident damage

Glenbrook Vintage Railway celebrated their 40th anniversary over Labour weekend of 2017, with the Mallet joining in on the celebrations. A recreation of the original opening weekend was staged, with the Mallet propelled by Ww 644 through the ribbon at Glenbrook, with De 507 on the back of the train

Following train 126 from Penrose to Maungaturoto, with DFB 7023 and DC 4571 on the pointy end. The train stopped at Helensville for a crew change and at Wellsford to shunt off empty log wagons

Over the weekend of 14-15 Octover 2017, Ab 608 ran a number of shuttles from Wellington to Trentham and return, to commerate the 100th anniversary of the Passchendaele Battle on 12 October. The locomotive and carriages were on display at Wellington on 12 and 13 October. One train each day during the weekend featured an onboard play, with three soldiers and a nurse expressing their excitement on the outward trip and reflecting on the battle on the return journey. The event was organised by Te Papa ion collaboration with Steam Inc. and KiwiRail

Train 243 passes south through Pokeno with DL 9072 in charge. DL 9164 and DFT 7008 were along for the ride. Train 243 is the southbound weekend overnight service, departing Westfield on Saturday evenings and arriving in Wellington on Sunday mornings

Following train MP7 from Papakura to Hemopo, with DL 9469 on the head. Also features DL 9325 at Papakura with MP4

DL 9037 heads the port shunt through Glen Innes and Judges Bay, with a load of wagons bound for the Port and then Wiri. Although it was rare to see a DL on these trains, it has been increasingly common owing to the withdrawal of the DBR class and the limited availability of the DC class

Otorohanga hosted the Steamfest festival in August 2017, celebrating the golden era of steam and vintage machinery. The star of the show was Mainline Steam's newly named Ja 1275, running a number of short excursions between Otorohanga, Te Kuiti and Te Awamutu, as well as a dinner train to Hamilton. Here, Ja 1275 races a convoy of Model T Ford cars to Te Kuiti, named the Great Train Race. After returning to Otorohanga, it heads for Te Awamutu on the Kiwiana Capital Connection

DL 9400 and DFT 7104 lead train 228 through Papakura, in a gap between periods of rain. DFT 7104 was the only member of its class (alongside three DFBs) to be leased to Auckland Transport for their SA carriage trains, until electrification

Two freshly overhauled DFBs, DFB 7322 and DFB 7023, visited Auckland on trains 201 and 228. Both locomotives were in storage for a period of time before going in for overhaul and DFB conversion

DFB 7173 leads WT10 north through Kaipara Flats, Wellsford and Topuni. The work train originated at Westfield and travelled to Whangarei, dropping ballast along the way

DC 4444 leads DL 9014 on train MP5 through Paerata (wrong line running) and Buckland. DC 4444 was undergoing testing as part of allowing the DC class to lead trains again. The DC was taken off the train at Waharoa and headed back on MP6

On 7 May 2017, a memorial service was held at Tangiwai to honour the efforts of driver Charles Parker and fireman Lance Redman in their efforts to save 134 lives during the Tangiwai disaster in 1953. Shown here is footage of Ja 1275's photo run near Te Kuiti on its run south, as well as excerpts of speeches from Hon. Maggie Barry, Ian McKelvie and Rob McAlpine

DA 1431 hauls the NIMT Scenic Delight excursion from Paekakariki to Glenbrook, run by Steam Inc. The consist was bring positioned for a Christchurch Press charter later in the week. Trains 240 and 200 both overtake DA 1431, at Marton and Taihape respectively

After being repainted in April 2016 from MAXX into KiwiRail livery, DC 4444 finally returns to Auckland. Here, it leads trains 166 and 197 from Wiri to Auckland Port and then to Westfield

Former MAXX locomotive DC 4951 shunts the dairy factories at Hautapu and Waitoa, seen here both light and with wagons. The shunt brings wagons from the factories, as well as Morrinsville, to Te Rapa. The line to Hautapu is the remains of the former branch line to Cambridge, while the line to Waitoa is a stub left over from the old ECMT, later the Thames Branch

Train 390 (Palmerston North - Tauranga) pulls into Te Rapa yard to change from EF class locomotives to diesel locomotives for the run to Tauranga. EF 30059 and EF 30226 lead the train into Hamilton on the NIMT, then DL 9072 brings the train (now running the opposite way) through Eureka on the ECMT. Recently, KiwiRail announced that the EF class will be withdrawn within 3 years, bringing an end to electrification on the NIMT. The DL class will be their likely replacement