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John Russell


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pic commentAug 29


Awesome photo. How high is the new viaduct?
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1236 on a memorial special is tested by 2% grades up to Waiouru
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Tangiwai memorial special steams south to Ohakune
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Tangiwai memorial special seen between Huntly and Taupiri
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Tangiwai memorial special on the 36m high viaduct opened in 1889
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The south-bound Tangiwai memorial special departs Ongarue.
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1275 blasts away from Pukekohe with a Tangiwai memorial special.
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Built as J class by North British Glasgow, 1236 has been restored as a JB class oil burner by Mainline Steam. The occasion for this mainline run was to participate in a KiwiRail sponsored memorial to the locomotive crew of Ka 949 hauling the express train that plunged into a river after a lahar damaged the bridge at Tangiwai on the night of 24/12/1953. Visiting Queen Elizabeth II had a somber Christmas message with the dreadful news of this disaster which claimed 151 lives. After more than 60 years the crew are being remembered for saving over 100 lives at the expense of theirs in almost stopping the train in time. There were many heroes that night.
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Vintage train from Paekakariki depot arrives at Taihape.
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Vintage train passes through Mangaweka bound for Taihape.
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Return working of excursion to Taihape approaches Mangaweka.
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Vintage tour train to Whangarei approaches Helensville.
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Vintage train to Whangarei emerges from Mareretu tunnel (#12)
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Vintage tour train approaches Wellsford bound for Whangarei
Wellington's tramway system had an unusual track gauge of 4ft/ 1,219m and in 1964 was the last network to close.