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Keirunga Park Railway opened in 1992. The first railway in New Zealand opened in 1862.

The railway has over 3,500 visitors over Easter each year.

Perfect Easter 2009

Easter Weekend 2009 at Keirunga was perfect! The weather was perfect! The track was perfect!

A huge crowd turned up every day to enjoy the variety of locos running on the track during the weekend, from afar away as Manukau, Wellington and Rotorua. A new visitor was Robert from Manukau with his Hunslett, and boy did he have a good time!

The club gave nearly 5000 rides during the weekend, from babies to grandies, and the odd dog or two as well.

The Hawkes Bay weather was perfect - four cloudless, windless, warm days and a full moon at night. While Friday was a little chilly after the southerly had blown through which delivered snow to the Tararuas, Saturday to Monday were just lovely autumn days. The trees around the track were changing colour and losing their leaves, and the picturesque Keirunga track was a wonderful place for a picnic and a ride for families and couples alike.

The club had spent several days preparing the track for the weekend's running, including building a new bridge, replacing sleepers, sweeping the track, plantings, and painting, and it was as pretty as a picture. The club ladies kept the drivers and support crew fed with enormous dinners, and tasty lunches.

Sitting watching the activities, you could hear the giggling of children waving, and chatting of adults, amongst the puffing, whistling, tooting, screeching, shushing, whooshing and clickety-clacking of the fully-loaded trains as they chuffed out of the station on their way around the track. Even a birthday group turned up, which fully occupied one train for several circuits of the park.

The photos below, show some of the activities from the weekend, and you can view more photos from the links on our Photos page.

Keirunga resplendent.
Keirunga resplendent - just waiting for the crowds.

And the crowds came.
And the crowds came.

Lunch ready for the drivers and support crew.
Lunch ready for the drivers and support crew.

Track gang doing running repairs near the two tunnels.
Track gang doing running repairs near the two tunnels.

Paul Newton's surprise birthday cake.
Paul Newton's surprise birthday cake.

Hungry drivers lining up for dinner.
Hungry drivers lining up for dinner.

Geoff doing running repairs on the signal lights.
Geoff doing running repairs on the signal lights.

Tim sweeping the track in the yard.
Tim sweeping the track in the yard.

Even dogs get a ride.
Doggie express - even dogs get a ride.

Caleb cleaning the boiler.
Caleb cleaning the boiler.

New track in the station yard.
New track in the station yard.

Caleb heading over the new bridge.
Caleb heading over the new bridge.

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