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A regulator handle is being manufactured in Canada for Baldwin steam loco Wb 299, adding key components to the rebuild of the 1898-vintage locomotive.

17 August 2017

A regulator handle is being manufactured in Canada for Baldwin…

A regulator handle is being manufactured in Canada for Baldwin steam loco Wb 299, adding key components to the rebuild of the 1898-vintage locomotive.

17 August 2017

Work has started on the long-term project to restore 1884-vintage Gumdigger carriage A255 back into service.

22 June 2017

Work has started on the long-term project to restore 1884-…

Work has started on the long-term project to restore 1884-vintage Gumdigger carriage A255 back into service.

22 June 2017

Steam locomotive Wb 299 cab and interactive display was the centre-piece of our display at the 2017 Upper Hutt Summer Carnival. We rigged up a petrol-power air compressor to a pea-shooter whistle, which carnival goers were invited to try.

7 April 2017

Steam locomotive Wb 299 cab and interactive display was the…

Steam locomotive Wb 299 cab and interactive display was the centre-piece of our display at the 2017 Upper Hutt Summer Carnival.

7 April 2017

The cab front, side and back of 1898 Baldwin steam locomotive Wb 299 was on display at RailEx over the weekend of 19-20 November 2016.

3 January 2017

The cab front, side and back of 1898 Baldwin steam locomotive Wb…

The cab front, side and back of 1898 Baldwin steam locomotive Wb 299 was on display at RailEx over the weeke

3 January 2017

Work continues on rebuilding the cab for 1898 Baldwin steam locomotive Wb 299. The photo above shows progress with fabricating the cab front on 24 September 2016. The curves for the roof and firebox cut-out took some time to mark out, having radii of 87.657" and 27".

30 September 2016

Work continues on rebuilding the cab for 1898 Baldwin steam…

Work continues on rebuilding the cab for 1898 Baldwin steam locomotive Wb 299.

30 September 2016

A trial run of rubber-tyred 3-man motor trolley #7002 was made at Maymorn on 30 May 2016, The NZRLS-owned trolley has been restored to operating order by Ray Randle. After pre-run inspection checks and sign-off the trolley was gradually coaxed back to life. Some minor adjustments were needed to the Briggs and Stratton motor and gear lever, but otherwise it performed well.

2 June 2016

A trial run of rubber-tyred 3-man motor trolley #7002 was made…

A trial run of rubber-tyred 3-man motor trolley #7002 was made at Maymorn on 30 May 2016, The NZRLS-owned trolley has been restored to operating order by Ray Randle.

2 June 2016

A fairly extensive shunt of the shed was done on Saturday 14 May 2016, in preparation for storing another 56-foot carriage inside. Sleeping car Aa1060 and Gumdigger A255 were moved onto the inspection pit area of road 1, clear of steam locomotive Ab745.

We took the opportunity to pose Ab745 and Tr189 outside the shed for a photo, part way through the shunt.

16 May 2016

A fairly extensive shunt of the shed was done on Saturday 14 May…

A fairly extensive shunt of the shed was done on Saturday 14 May 2016, in preparation for storing another 56-foot carriage inside.

16 May 2016

An update on work done on Saturday 7 May 2016 - we placed 2.4m3 of concrete, casting a set of steps into the road 1 inspection pit, and two floor slabs. Complicated form work and a lot of manual concrete placing - but well worth the effort. The steps and floor slabs have tidied up the inspection pit area of the shed, finishing up some loose ends from previous pours.

8 May 2016

An update on work done on Saturday 7 May 2016 - we placed 2.4m3…

An update on work done on Saturday 7 May 2016 - we placed 2.4m3 of concrete, casting a set of steps into the road 1 inspection pit, and two floor slabs.

8 May 2016

The Trust recently had displays at a couple of key Upper Hutt community events - Upper Hutt Summer Carnival on 27 February, and March Madness on 19 March.

22 March 2016

The Trust recently had displays at a couple of key Upper Hutt…

The Trust recently had displays at a couple of key Upper Hutt community events - Upper Hutt Summer Carnival on 27 February, and March Madness on 19 March.

22 March 2016

Since our last update on 7 December - Workshop floor gets funding boost - we have placed over 20 cubic metres of concrete floor in the workshop. The transformation to the workshop building is significant - its fantastic to have so much usable floor area.

21 February 2016

Since our last update on 7 December - Workshop floor gets…

Since our last update on 7 December - Workshop floor gets funding boost - we have placed over 20 cubic metres of concrete floor in the workshop

21 February 2016