Friday, July 2, 2021

Friday Night Steam

 Off to New Zealand tonight!






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A heritage railway which operates every day along a portion of the Kawakawa to Opua railway line. This is the site of the North Island's first railway and passenger service in the late 1880's. Today a group of dedicated volunteers keep the memory alive with the vintage steam train. The only train service in the world to run down the town's main street and down the middle of a state highway.







Bay of Islands Vintage Railway
Bay of Islands Vintage Railway - Gabriel on Number 5 Bridge.JPG
Steam locomotive Gabriel pulling passenger coaches over Bridge Five
LocaleKawakawa, Bay of Islands, Northland,  New Zealand
Commercial operations
NameOpua Branch
Built byKawakawa Coal Mines (Kawakawa – Taumarere)
New Zealand Government Railways (Otiria – Kawakawa, Taumarere – Opua)
Original gauge1435mm (tramway)
1067mm (railway)
Preserved operations
Owned byBay of Islands Vintage Railway
Length11.5km (total length)
Preserved gauge1067mm
Commercial history
Opened1868 (as a tramway)







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