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We’re having a slow start to the day here in Waiuku, where we’re staying with an old friend of mine from my teenage years in Southport. It’s the first time Lisa and I have seen each other since my sister Ruth’s funeral nearly 15 years ago. How time flies…

We’d actually got a full programme planed for today but the early sunshine soon deserted us and the day was mostly cloudy with a few spots of rain. One thing we did manage was to visit a few local sights. I’m still amazed by how many preserved railways there are on New Zealand and I was delighted to find that Lisa had one on her doorstep – the Glenbrook Vintage Railway. We paid a visit earlier this afternoon and I was impressed by the size of the operation. Not only do they have a lovely little railway, they also have impressive workshop facilities where they’ve a number of locomotives being restored. The line’s only 7.5km in length, but it makes for a relaxed trip – especially if you travel in the Parlour car where you get coffee and cakes included in the fares. Here’s a few shots from our visit.

dg318242. parlour car. glenbrook vintage railway. north island. new zealand. 27.1.19crop

Travelling in style in the Parlour car.

dg318274. 480. waiuku. glenbrook vintage railway. north island. new zealand. 27.1.19crop

This locomotive was built as WG 480 at the hillside workshop, Dunedin for the NZR in 1910 as a 4-6-4 tank locomotive. The Wg class was designed to meet the need for a more powerful locomotive for the haulage of suburban trains chiefly at Auckland and Wellington. Twenty were produced at the Hillside workshops between 1910 and 1912. The Wg class proved to be very useful locomotive and soon saw a wide variety of duties including haul-freight trains and mail trains.

dg318301. ja 1250. pukeoware workshop. glenbrook vintage railway. north island. new zealand. 27.1.19crop

Ja 1250, a 4-8-2 express locomotive undergoing a boiler overhaul at Pukeoware Workshop.

dg318335. 480. glenbrook vintage railway. glenbrook. north island. new zealand. 27.1.19crop

480 running round its train at Glenbrook

dg318338. somersault signals. glenbrook vintage railway. glenbrook. north island. new zealand. 27.1.19crop

A lovely old signalbox and a fine collection of somersault signals at Glenbrook station

dg318342. 480. glenbrook vintage railway. glenbrook. north island. new zealand. 27.1.19crop

480 waiting to run a service from Glenbrook to Waiuku.

 

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