Easter Weekend 2012
Easter 2012 at Keirunga was a lot of fun as always. Despite the remnants of a Fijian cyclone affecting the weather for the first three days, the sun finally came out on Easter Monday, and so did the crowds!
The weekend was the 20th Anniversary of the opening of the track, so it was a special time for everyone, especially the founding members who were present at the Sunday evening Anniversary Dinner.
On the tables were place mats depicting photos of the locos and club members as mementos. These were so popular that the printer has made them available for downloading. You can print these yourself onto A4 photographic paper. Each file is about 3 MB in size.
Visiting locos and drivers were from Tauranga, Kapiti, Eastern Bay of Plenty, Palmerston North, Manukau, and Christchurch.
Thanks must go to members and families of Havelock North Live Steamers for hosting such a wonderful weekend, for the visitors and the public. The club members spend weeks preparing the track, provide the meals, run the signal box and station, provide services and facilities, and host visiting drivers with their locos. The weekend ran without incident, only a few minor derailments to contend with, and everyone sprang into action to assist. While many club members do not live in the area, the out-of-towners are grateful for the local members who work tirelessly to ensure a magical weekend of steam, sustenance and social activities.
Here's a few photos of some of the Keirunga members and visitors during the weekend.
Getting your loco off the hoist and onto the tracks via the turntable.
John Romanes, John Harman, Fiona Fordyce and Paul Staub having a chat.
The boys having a trackside conference.
Warren Blackburn, aka The Fat Controller.
Brian Wheeler cleaning out the firebox.
More trackside conversations.
Birthday girl - Val Blackburn flanked by two wellwishers, Scotty and Ben.
Age is no barrier - Mary Fordyce (86) at the track.
A family affair on DG760 - Mike Hartle instructing son Jason, with grandson Astin, daughter-in-law Rebecca in the carriage, and visitor Ken Evans along for the ride.
A Steam traction engine came visiting for a couple of hours on Easter Sunday.
The two Marys cut the Anniversary Cake (Mary Fordyce and Mary Dunne).
Keirunga History photo boards.
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