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
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
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
RM 30 on a chartered run from Hamilton to Mission Bush and return, seen here crossing Heights Road on the second trip of the day. The railcar was charted for the weekend by the Railway Enthusiasts Society, with two trips to Kinleith scheduled for the following day. Shortly after RM 30 passes through, DL 9452 passes through the other way with train 142R
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
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