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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 2015 Sun and Fun at Keirunga

Labour Weekend is traditionally a busy weekend at Keirunga with visiting locos enjoying the Hawke's Bay sun while having fun.

This weekend was no exception, with visitors from as far away as Kapiti and Manukau to help give rides to the enthusiastic public who turned up over the four days of the long weekend.

While the weather on Saturday was a bit on-and-off, Sunday and Monday turned out brilliantly fine, and so the crowds came!

It is always a pleasure to see the reaction of little boys and girls when they see such an array of steam, diesel and electric locos lined up at the station waiting for them to choose which one to ride on. And parents, grandparents and the wider family members who come along for the day also enjoy themselves immensely.

As usual, the Havelock North Live Steamers Inc. club put on a great show for the visiting drivers with plenty of yummy food and drink, lots of chatter and cammeraderie, and the track was looking spiffing for the weekend.

Despite a few derailments, and one small fire, there were no serious incidents, just lots of steam and smoke, tooting and whistling.

Have a look on our Facebook page where you can see some of the photos and video from the weekend.

Here's some more photos of the weekend.

Mombasa Sugar Mills all steamed up.

Mombasa Sugar Mills all steamed up.

Alfred and Hiawatha.

Alfred and Hiawatha.

DG760 leaving the station with a full load of passengers.

DG760 leaving the station with a full load of passengers.

DG760 on the first trestle bridge.

DG760 on the first trestle bridge.

Trains everywhere you look!

Trains everywhere you look!

Stationmaster Warren despatches Hiawatha.

Stationmaster Warren despatches Hiawatha.

Double-heading Mombasa Sugar Mills and DG760.

Double-heading Mombasa Sugar Mills and DG760.

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