Whangaparoa Railway

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Whangaparoa Railway

Postby Gavin Sowry » Fri Apr 04, 2008 4:42 am

8) Here's a little operation in New Zealand, catering for tourists/railfans.
15 inch gauge, normally runs a miniature steamer, but on its day off, this engine does the job. Paul can probably give more information.

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Photo is from Scott Pointon, son of the late builder of the line, and that's his sister driving the train.
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Postby Gavin Sowry » Mon Dec 31, 2012 2:11 am

8) Well, finally got to visit the place.. it is 450 miles away.

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A new car has been added to the train. This is the viaduct 'at the bottom of the garden'.... very Heywood and Bush Mill like, with a very distinctive New Zealand bridge design.

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Postby Willow Creek Traction » Mon Dec 31, 2012 6:30 am

Interesting thing with transparent front.
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Postby Gavin Sowry » Mon Dec 31, 2012 10:25 pm

Willow Creek Traction wrote:Interesting thing with transparent front.


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Postby Gavin Sowry » Mon Dec 31, 2012 10:29 pm

:D At speed, exiting the tunnel, and approaching the viaduct.


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Rather difficult to get a good exposure in a bush setting. However, back at the station, the sunlight shows the train 'going away' to good effect. Behind that big Kanuka tree is the main road.

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Postby DCRfan » Mon Dec 31, 2012 11:38 pm

From memory the loco was originally front engined. I can't find the thumb drive with all my pictures of it on :oops:
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Postby DCRfan » Mon Jan 07, 2013 1:39 am

Finally found a couple pictures of the jigger in it's original front engine form.

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Re: Whangaparoa Railway

Postby Gavin Sowry » Fri Aug 17, 2018 7:59 am

:cry: Alas, the railway is no more. It appears the Elves were wanting handrails and walkways on the bridge, amongst other safety type demands.
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Re: Whangaparoa Railway

Postby DCRFAN 3 » Fri Aug 17, 2018 8:15 am

Darn missed it. We stopped by when Carol was Auckland as an outpatient but it was closed for the winter. Apparently it's going to be a long winter.

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Re: Whangaparoa Railway

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Re: Whangaparoa Railway

Postby DCRFAN 3 » Sat Aug 18, 2018 9:41 am

Wonder if the steam train has gone to Driving Creek. When he was alive Barry alway wanted a steam loco. While climbing the big hill was not an option the short flat firewood siding was considered suitable for steam.


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