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Newsletter 37

Newsletter 37

In this issue:

  • NZRLS jigger test run
  • Shed shunt - May 2016
  • Concrete floor, steps and wall cladding
  • Upper Hutt displays
  • Workshop update - Summer 2015/16
  • Workshop floor gets funding boost
  • Loop track ballast drop
  • Work in progress 5 September 2015
  • Loop track construction update
  • Loop track build starts
  • 130 year old carriage saved by Trust
  • Gumdigger carriage transported north

June 2016


Newsletter 36

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In this issue:

  • Operating days
  • Diesel locomotive welcome addition to railway
  • Gumdigger carriage project
  • Replanting Maymorn with native shrubs and trees
  • Track extended past gate
  • Promotions
  • Trust display at RailEx
  • Trust display at Upper Hutt Summer Carnival
  • Work in progress: Rail vehicle shed
  • Rail vehicle update

5 May 2015


Newsletter 35

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In this issue:

  • Train running days
  • Work begins on Wb 299
  • Chairperson's Inclinations
  • "L" style Westinghouse signal frame secured for Trust
  • Shunting Loco ORB No.1 fundraising appeal
  • Work in progress: Rail vehicle shed
  • Recent operating days
  • Rail vehicle update
  • Looking back
10 September 2014

Newsletter 34

Progress in this issue:

  • Train running days
  • Ab745 arrives at Maymorn
  • First operating day - Maymorn 6 October
  • Operating day photos - 8 December 2013
  • Work in progress: Rail vehicle shed
  • Rail vehicle update
  • Work at the pedestrian crossing

28 February 2014

Newsletter 33

Progress in this issue:

  • Workshop build advances
  • Bringing Cyclops' to Maymorn
  • Official commissioning of Tr 189
  • Track extension reaches pedestrian crossing
  • Rail vehicle update
  • Looking back: Bread and Roses film shoot at Maymorn

10 September 2013

Newsletter 32

Lots more progress to report on in this issue, including:

  • First workshop portal frames lifted into position
  • English Electric unit 'Cyclops' preserved for Wellington
  • Tr189 commissioned
  • Mainline connected to shed yard
  • Wb299 moved into shed
  • Wagon restoration progress

30 April 2013

Newsletter 31

Progress in this issue: more work on our mainline track, test starting shunting locomotive Tr189, rail vehicle Shed - inspection pit and ballast wagon progress, and an item on how we're assisting the Wellington Multiple Unit Preservation Heritage Trust with their goal of saving at least one English Electric set for future operation on the Wellington urban network.
3 December 2012

Newsletter 30

Lots more progress to report on in this issue, including more work on our mainline track, shunting locomotive, rail vehicle shed - inspection pit progress, workshop foundations and our commitment to working towards reinstating the railway.
27 May 2012

Newsletter 29

Lots more progress to report on in this issue, including more work on our mainline track, shunting locomotive, rail vehicle Shed - closing in the exterior of the shed, train doors and inspection pit progress, workshop foundations, an overview of our submission to the Maymorn Structure Plan, and some images of the August snowfall experienced in the Hutt Valley.
30 September 2011

Newsletter 28

Lots of progress to report on in this issue, including more work on our mainline track, pedestrian crossing, shunting locomotive, rail Vehicle Shed - completion of main roof and work with train doors, workshop and foundations, an article from Peter Darian on the Washington Cog railway and Chairpersons inclinations.
31 May 2011

Newsletter 27

Lots of progress to report on in this issue, including progress with the Trust's shunting locomotive TR937 recently purchased from KiwiRail, cladding work on the Rail Vehicle Shed, with the south wall now closed in, progress with the road 2 inspection pit - including use by one of our carriages, a start made on workshop foundations, and a report from RailEx.
23 December 2010

Newsletter 26

News from the Trust dated October 2010.

Our latest newsletter, in which we report on our shunting locomotive, further progress made with the rail vehicle shed including inspection pits and further extensions to our mainline track.
4 November 2010.

Annual Report 2009-2010

Our Annual Report for 2009-2010 has been published, with accounts to follow shortly.
13 September 2010

Newsletter 25

News from the Trust dated May 2010.

Our latest newsletter, in which we report on substantial progress made with the rail vehicle shed over past months, with all roof cladding installed, both ends and a good amount of wall cladding. Inspection pits are also under construction inside the shed, and a commissioning ceremony is planned on Saturday 25 September 2010.

Our mainline track now extends out towards the Tranz Metro station, and within a few short months we hope to double its length or more.
4 May 2010.

Newsletter 24

News from the Trust dated December 2009.

We report on further construction work on our rail vehicle shed, roof cladding and a good amount of wall cladding complete. The Maymorn station yard has undergone a remarkable transformation with earthworks completed recently for main and loop formations
24 December 2009.

Newsletter 23

News from the Trust dated May 2009.

We report on substantial progress made with the rail vehicle shed over past months, with all portals in place, girts and purlins installed, and 90% of the roof cladding complete. We also have secured a further carriage for the Trust—an 1884-vintage Gumdigger Carriage, for which we are making transport arrangements.

Newsletter 22

News from the Trust dated December 2008.

We report on construction work on our rail vehicle shed at Maymorn, arrival of Wb locomotives to the Maymorn site, and purchase of three timber water vats from Ohakune.

Newsletter 21

News from the Trust dated June 2008.

We report on our recent success in gaining a Resource Consent for rail heritage structures, earthworks and rail activities at Maymorn, which paves the way for construction to commence on the rail vehicle shed.

Newsletter 20

News from the Trust dated October 2007

In this issue we report on the purchase of 11 YC-class ballast wagons, which have recently been decommissioned by ONTRACK. A big thanks go out to organisations and individuals who have supported the programme, including New Zealand Community Trust, Pelorus Trust and Winstone Aggregates. We still have sponsorship opportunities — two further wagons are “up for grabs”.

We also have news on our commendation at Regional Community Awards; Building Consent which has been granted for the Rail vehicle shed; and we have an Interim rail service licence granted by Land Transport New Zealand.

Newsletter 19

News from the Trust dated June 2007.

In this issue we report on the $150,000 grant we have received from Lottery Grants Board for the rail vehicle shed, and have an illustrated article on carriage Aa1060 — the historic sleeping carriage recently secured by Trust.

We also have an update on Ontrack's new ballast wagons — and the decommissioning of 4-wheel ballast wagons. We have sponsorship in hand for 11 of 12 YC-class wagons that we have requested — thanks to all who have supported the Trust in this way. We report on progress at Maymorn, and events that the Trust has attended.

Newsletter 18

News from the Trust dated February 2007.

  • We report on progress made with Resource Consent application for the rail vehicle shed, and other rail related activities at the Maymorn site; and
  • Progress over the summer months is also reported, including a final concrete pour at the pedestrian crossing, and construction of track ready for delivery of ballast wagons from April onwards.

Newsletter 17

News from the Trust for October 2006, including:

  • Grants totalling $75,000 approved for Rail Vehicle Shed.
  • Track sponsorship plans
  • New Zealand Community Trust grant for fence
  • Arrival of Q hopper wagons
  • Progress at the Maymorn site
  • Visit to Carterton Community and Railway Museum.

Newsletter 16

The June 2006 newsletter reports on the donation and transport of guard’s van modules to the Maymorn site, the grant received from Hutt-Mana Charitable Trust for security fencing, and progress with the pedestrian crossing near the Tranz Metro station.

Plans for a rail vehicle shed modelled on a 1911-vintage two-road engine shed design are also covered.

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