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The third longest railway tunnel in New Zealand (and the longest railway tunnel in the South Island) is the 8566 m long Otira tunnel through the Southern Alps between Arthurs Pass and Otira. This tunnel is on a continuous 1 in 33 grade and was opened in 1923.

A special Easter Weekend 2008

Easter Weekend at Keirunga was fine and warm, and four wonderful Autumn days saw many hundreds of visitors to the track to enjoy the steam, diesel and electric locos from all around the North Island, including Rotorua, Wellington and Manukau. The Lions of Havelock North and Mr Whippy were in attendance to feed the visitors, and the playground delighted our younger visitors, along with picnics and rides. Special visitors on Easter Sunday included delegates from the Model Railway Convention being held in Napier over the weekend.

Here are some photos of the weekend's activities:

DG760 coming down Hillcrest

DG760 coming down Hillcrest past the station

Steams up

Steaming up for a day's run

Heading around towards the underpass

Fran (driving) and Chris Arts with their KA971 loco heading around towards the underpass

Paul Newton driving his loco Uintah

Paul Newton driving his loco Uintah coming down Hillcrest with a full load of passengers

Phantom

The Phantom enjoys a run down Hillcrest

Turning around on the turntable

KA971 turning around on the turntable

Santa Fe

Santa Fe with Ross Nichols at the controls

KPR

Scotty driving the Keirunga club loco

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