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After months of planning and fundraising, a replacement boiler has been secured for steam locomotive Ab 745.

31 October 2017

After months of planning and fundraising, a replacement boiler…
After months of planning and fundraising, a replacement boiler has been secured for steam locomotive Ab 745.

31 October 2017

A selection of photos of work in progress around the railway.

26 October 2017

A selection of photos of work in progress around the railway.…
A selection of photos of work in progress around the railway.

26 October 2017

In September work started on repairing and restoring a sixth ballast wagon - Yc877. The ongoing programme of work is lifting the overall presentation and standard of the 13-strong fleet. The hopper, underframe and running gear receive attention, and care is taken to clean down and paint the hard-to-reach areas.

22 September 2017

In September work started on repairing and restoring a sixth…

In September work started on repairing and restoring a sixth ballast wagon - Yc877. The ongoing programme of work is lifting the overall presentation and standard of the 13-strong fleet.

22 September 2017

A new engine hood frame is being fabricated for the railway's 30-tonne diesel shunt locomotive - former Ohai Railway Board No.1. The original hood frame had rusted beyond viable repair during its many years outside, exacerbated by build-up of coal dust during the course of its work, and contact with aluminium engine hood doors.

20 September 2017

A new engine hood frame is being fabricated for the railway's 30…

A new engine hood frame is being fabricated for the railway's 30-tonne diesel shunt locomotive - former Ohai Railway Board No.1.

20 September 2017

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