Rm 56 @ station
Otago Central Branch
- 130 years since the first sod was turned -

26 October 2009
Near Sutton

Monday, 26 October 2009: - A dull day was awoken to, and later in the afternoon it got bitterly cold and wet. Some might query my reasoning behind photographing the Vulcan on a day like this, but it was what was available at the time. I'd like to think that they feel a little more 'real' than all the ones taken in the bright sun shine.

After photographing the Vulcan brother Paul and I were booked on the steam/vintage diesel train to Pukerangi and return. Paul did this trip alone in the carriage as I was invited into the cab of Ab 663 - and I thank the Mainline Steam & Taieri Gorge crew for allowing me this opportunity. It might have only been Middlemarch to Pukerangi & return, but it was great experience.

After the return trip, Dg 772 & Dj 1209 had marshaled their train in preparation for returning to Dunedin. 3 steel carriages were taken off the Ab 's train and added to this service. So with Dg 772 leading Dj 1209 they hauled T 175, 3 wooden cars, Ferrymead's car van, and then 2 steel 50' cars and a 50' steel carvan.



Rm 57 - Middlemarch to Pukerangi
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Middlemarch - Stuff
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Ab 663 and her train from Dunedin was viewed from the cab of Dg 772 - something a little different. - Thanks to Ryan, from the DTG for this opportunity. It was a great excuse to see if the in cab heaters worked!
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Ab 663 @ Sutton
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