Full steam ahead

One of the original Kingston Flyers — a 142-year-old, American-made Rogers K92 locomotive — gave the public a taste of steampower at the weekend.

Photos: Mark Price
Photos: Mark Price
The locomotive, based at Mandeville, near Gore, once sped across the Waimea Plains at up to 100kmh, hence the ‘‘Flyer’’ name.

It almost ended its days buried in a stop-bank on the Oreti River, but was dug up in 1985 and restored by rail enthusiasts, and now the Waimea Plains Railway Trust provides monthly public excursions to help raise money for further work on the historic rail project.

There are plans ultimately to have K92 and its old carriages completing a 2.5km loop around the Croydon Airfield, at Mandeville.

Enjoying the day are trust chairman Colin Smith and wife Mavor. PHOTOS: MARK PRICE
Enjoying the day are trust chairman Colin Smith and wife Mavor. PHOTOS: MARK PRICE

 

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