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
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
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
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 Recently, KiwiRail announced that the EF class will be withdrawn within 3 years, bringing an end to electrification on the NIMT.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
On its final weekend before leaving service for an eventual overhaul, Ja 1250 is seen hauling the regular day's services at the Glenbrook Vintage Railway on 29 January 2017. On the same day, it and Ww 644 attended the opening ceremonies for the new turntable at Glenbrook station, with Ww 644 officially becoming the first locomotive to be turned
DC 4939, DC 4571 and DC 4260 bring the port shunt over the hill and down into Ellerslie, with a completely empty rake of wagons. The shunts were sent via Newmarket during the weekend of 19/20 November 2016 due to work on the NIMT north of Otahuhu, and an extra DC was added to cope with the grades (with a loaded train)
One of a handful of locomotives to escape Wairarapa Line service so far, DFB 7160 heads train 200 through Whangamarino and Drury. Locomotives used on the Northern Explorer are now required to be fire suppressed, and it appears as if a single pool of locomotives are being used across the Wairarapa and on the Northern Explorer
DFB 7200 leads train 200 wrong line out of Paerata, half an hour before the Block of Line on the Up Main expired. The BOL expiry released a queue of three trains that were waiting at Papakura and Pukekohe (trains MP9, 334S and 235) that were held up by train 200 running wrong line in the section. The three freight trains passed through Drury in the space of 8 minutes
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