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The Keirunga Park Railway has three tunnels. The longest tunnel in New Zealand is the Kaimai Tunnel in the North Island. It was opened on 12 September 1978 and is 8.850 kilometres.

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Wab794: The Wab is a deriviation of the Ab, but was built as a tank locomotive. Putting the water tanks above the driving wheels gave greater adhesion for faster acceleration, ideal for the constant stopping and starting required on the Auckland and Wellington suburban services where they spent much of their working lives. Wab794, built in Dunedin in 1927, is owned by the New Zealand Railway and Locomotive Society but has been restored by the Feilding Steam.

Labour Weekend 2013 at the KPR

The Hawkes Bay put on fabulous weather for the four days of Labour Weekend, with only a light shower appearing about 3 pm on Monday.

Above: View of the Keirunga platform in operation.

As usual the Keirunga track was looking amazing, with recent working bees helping to make sure the track was in tip top condition. Locomotives and drivers were present from as far away as Manukau Live Steamers in Auckland, and Hutt Valley Model Engineers, Kapiti, Tauranga, Palmerston North and Hamilton.

Hundreds of visitors came for rides, and the ladies in the kitchen kept the drivers and their support teams well fed and watered. The track staff clipped the tickets and despatched trainload after trainload of passengers, and various teams manned the signal box and provided track and maintenance support.

Thanks to all the Keirunga club members for providing yet another wonderful weekend, and to all the public who turn up to support the track by taking rides on our trains.

View photos from the weekend on our Photo Gallery page.

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