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John Russell


Member, New Zealand158239725@N05 John Russell


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pic commentJun 2


DC 4467 still going strong nearly 10 years on. Looks mint in your photo. Maybe first photo I've seen taken at the Oringi complex.
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pic commentMay 13


Thanks Keith. Yes I've notice the progress of votes on my photos sometimes. Generally it happens overnight due to the time zone here.
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pic commentMay 12


I'm just curious. How many are in the voting pool? Do they all have an Editor title? As you probably know I'm quite active on RailPictures.net (where there is some debate over many years about the photo screening.) How could trainspo be promoted in North America and down-under? There are maybe hundreds of past RP contributors who don't want to put in the work to get a flickr following.
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pic commentMay 12


Thanks. There's better locations than this along this spectacular line with viaducts and tunnels hewn from rock. Sadly, Dunedin Railways has closed and 51 jobs lost. There is hope that one day it will re-open for tourist trains if there's enough fundraising. Cruise ship tourists were the main patrons.
I'm intrigued by your "screen" name Maersk.146. I want to thank you for all your faves on my photos and letting them on here if you are one of the ones voting for them!
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pic commentMay 11


1431 was built by Clyde Engineering in NSW in 1957 for NZ Railways. It was sold to Steam Incorporated in 1988 and, after restoration, returned to mainline service in 2009. The annual Grand Circle excursion train is seen at Levin and ran to Woodville via Manawatu Gorge and then to Wellington via the Rimutaka tunnel.
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Steam Incorporated Grand Circle train stops at Levin
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pic commentMay 11


G 772 was built by Vulcan entering service in 1956 and was bought by Diesel Traction Group (DTG) after being retired in 1983. 1102 was built by English Electric in Queensland in 1966 and bought by DTG in 1989. Restoration begun around 2009 and the recent certification for mainline running being celebrated by the special operated by Steam Incorporated. The train is seen passing under highway 1 at Crichton near Milton on the return trip from Invercargill.
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DG 772 + DI 1102 working a Steam Inc special from Invercargill
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DJ 1221 + DI 1102 working special Dunedin to Middlemarch
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DJ 1221 + DG 772 work train 1911 through Green Island
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pic commentMay 10


The DJ class built by Mitsubishi in Japan entered service in 1968-69 and several are operated by Dunedin Railways. Visiting restored classic English Electric loco DG 772 assists 1221 on Dunedin Railways train 1911 Dunedin to Pukerangi. This popular tourist train along the the remnant of the Otago Central Line through the spectacular Taieri Gorge is suspended/ mothballed until the international cruise industry recovers.
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pic commentMay 8


The DJ class built by Mitsubishi in Japan entered service in 1968-69 and several are operated by Dunedin Railways. Visiting restored English Electric locos DI 1102 and DG 772 assist 1221 on a special train to Middlemarch, the end of rails for the Otago Central Line. The remainder of the line to Clyde closed in 1990 and has since become a renown rail trail.
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pic commentMay 6


1102 was built by English Electric in Queensland in 1966 and bought by DTG in 1989. Restoration begun around 2009 and the recent certification for mainline running being celebrated by the special operated by Steam Incorporated. The train seen arriving at Arthurs Pass, where the train will head back to Christchurch with DG 772 leading. Just beyond the station is a bridge leading into Otira tunnel which was electrified due to the length of 5.5 miles (8.5Km) and grade of 3% against loaded trains. Nowadays up to 7 modified GE U26C locos are used to get heavy coal trains through. The station is used by Tranz Alpine train than normally runs daily from Christchurch to Greymouth and back (currently suspended along with all heritage train operation.)
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English Electric duo with Steam Inc special at Arthurs Pass
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pic commentMay 6


Yes you are right on the location Mikhail. And 3.6 miles SSE is about right, I get about 6.5Km from Arthurs Pass station.