Kingston Flyer crew member George King works on the boiler
of Ab 795. Photo supplied.
The Kingston Flyer will emerge from its winter
hibernation at the end of next month, following maintenance
which has given it another 50 years of life.
With no previous boiler inspection records available when he
bought the train from the receivers, managing director David
Bryce launched a major "strip down" of the boiler of
locomotive Ab 795 to secure its continued reliability for
"It's been a very busy time during winter, and huge
investment required, but when I bought the train, I made a
commitment to New Zealand and the community, so it has to be
done," Mr Bryce said yesterday.
"The boiler has been inspected by Stork Technical Services,
of New Plymouth, and a small list of repairs has been
identified and is now under way.
"All is better than expected, for an old girl built in
Addington in 1927."
The season will open with the Kingston Flyer gala day on
September 29. Two excursions will run daily until April 30.