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DTG DI 1102flagArthur's Pass Arthur's Pass

English Electric duo with Steam Inc special at Arthurs Pass

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©  Oct 17, 2018


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Canon EOS 5DS

Exposure: 1/400
Aperture: f/8
Focal length: 55 mm
ISO: 320
Time: 13:58

English Electric duo with Steam Inc special at Arthurs Pass



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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