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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 2014

Despite Friday being rained off, and Monday of Labour Weekend closing early, the crowds turned up in force on the fine and warm Saturday and Sunday to enjoy the steam and smoke of Keirunga.

Visiting locos from Manukau, Kapiti and other clubs around the North Island helped bolster the array of trains taking the public for a ride.

Families young and old, some armed with picnics and birthday cake, arrived throughout the day to keep the station staff busy clipping tickets.

The team at Keirunga had spent many hours preparing the track, cleaning, clearing, painting and signwriting, and the track looked spiffing for the Labour Weekend meet. As usual, the kitchen staff kept everyone well fed.

Our international guests commented that they reckoned Keirunga was one of the top five tracks in the world - now that's saying something! We are very proud of our track and love having the fathers and grandads, mums and bubs, boys and girls of all ages, come along to check us out.

See some shots on our Photo Gallery page.

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