Heritage Railway Project
The Rimutaka Incline Railway Heritage Trust aims to reinstate and operate a world-class heritage railway between Wellington and the Wairarapa. The Railway will be a unique tourist attraction for Wellington and New Zealand, and a major contributor to the regional economy.
#665 - the winning number of our 4 December raffle draw for a replica number plate of our steam locomotive Ab 745 plus a family pass to our operating days.
Follow up prizes of a family pass go to tickets: #688, #690, #700, #732 and #664.
Congratulations to winners and thanks for all - proceeds go towards the Ab 745 project.
After five long days of effort by Trust volunteers, steam locomotive Ab745 arrived at Maymorn on Wednesday 30 October.
The locomotive frame, boiler and many stored parts were prepared for transport over Labour Weekend. The frame and boiler were brought out of the Stratford goods shed ready for lifting onto trucks. On Tuesday 29th the frame was loaded onto a long trailer, the boiler onto a 8m truck trailer and various parts stowed on and around the main components.
The weather was a key factor in the move, much better than what had been forecast earlier in the week.
Our first public operating day of the Rimutaka Incline Railway took place on Sunday 6th October 2013.
We had rides available in the cab of our shunting locomotive Tr189, jigger rides, with other carriages and locomotives on display, along with posters and information about the Trust. Rimutaka Lions Club also assisted with catering from their mobile kitchen.
Around 200 people visited the railway, with a "one ticket - ride all day" opportunity on both the shunting loco and jigger.
On Saturday 28 September, after a couple of months of work and fundraising, we finally lifted the last portal into place for the workshop.
The previous week we fitted the train door legs to the portal frame, having already fabricated the door lintel and dropper from the apex - and a good number of girts. The preparation on the ground was well worth it, reducing the need for slow and expensive work at height later on.
Lots of progress to report from Saturday 14 September, a brilliantly fine Spring day as it turned out.
We're on track to lifting the last workshop portal frame at the end of September, most of the purlins, girts and braces prepared, and those that can be fitted before lifting have been. Preparations are also in hand for fitting barge boards, angles being fabricated and fitted to the purlins ahead of time. Anything that can be done on the ground is a savings!
Another milestone was reached on Friday 2 August with a third portal frame lifted into position for our workshop extension. Two portal frames arrived by truck, fresh from blasting and priming at Steam and Sand Porirua, and welding at MJH Engineering. Fabrication of the steel beams and components had earlier been completed by trust members.
In the past few weeks we have further extended our mainline track eastwards, finally reaching the pedestrian crossing opposite Maymorn Tranz Metro station. Despite some fairly awful weather we made reasonable progress. The 50kg rail required cutting, drilling and straightening, and the TPR sleepers needed adzing true and reboring. A large pile of ballast near the crossing was both a blessing and a curse - in that we had ample ballast available, but a good amount had to be cleared out to permit sleepers to be laid.
On Saturday 16 February 2013 the frames of steam locomotive Wb 299 were moved inside the rail vehicle shed at Maymorn. This was made possible by track work completed earlier in the day.
This is the culmination of many years work on the shed and track, and adds to the number of historic rail vehicles in the shed.