Report & photos re Steam weekend celebrating 150 years of N Island Rail – 26-28th October

Here are some more pictures taken of our Celebrations for the 150th Year of Rail – on the oldest line in North Island

The first train out was a special “launch” trip for those responsible for creating our beautiful little replica 1871 carriage, Moa. Now it is being used by the public, and it has been coupled to our scheduled trains. There is a picture of these skilled craftsmen and Moa below.

Both diesel and steam engines were pulling trains during the weekend. It included a group from the Blue-Light Mini-trek group: click on their link for more:

We also had a rabbit interview us! Links:    or

Seymour, a 0-4-2 Peckett, is the last new steam engine to be imported into New Zealand and was been kindly loaned for this event by the Whangarei Steam & Model Railway Club. Seymour pulled Moa during the weekend

DSA225 pulled carriages Weka (which carries up to 24 cycles), Blue Heron (roofed & open type)and Tui (closed, window type)

A great photo opportunity!

L to R: Johnson Davis (Trust Chair), Bill Grear (craftsman – woodwork),  Henry Nissen (Trust), Mike Bradshaw (design), Gavin Davidson (craftsman – metalwork), Sue Hamnett (Trust), Garth Matterson & Tony Holmes (wheelbase & frames), Anne Leitch (Trust & painter), Frits Schouten (Trust), Denis Hewitt (general & paint work)
pic: Peter de Graf, all remaining pics Anne Leitch