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Labour Weekend 2022

14-18 October 2022

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Tunnels

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.

Did you know?

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.

News

WE ARE OPEN!

The New Zealand Government has announced the decision to move to the new COVID-19 Protection Framework (Traffic Light System), which commenced on 3 December 2021.

At Keirunga Park Railway, we want to have an environment that is reflective of our culture and we need to be welcoming and inclusive. People need to be able to relax and be themselves, and we all need to feel safe to the extent we can affect that. Please follow station staff guidelines when boarding your train.

Your train ride will begin on the station platform and continue to Aggie Bank station, where you will disembark and stroll down an incline back to the station. If you require assistance, please let us know.

Public Running Days are the 1st and 3rd Sunday of every month, from 11am to 4pm, weather permitting. Tickets are $2.00 a ride or $20.00 for a 12-ride ticket; under 2-year olds travel free and Eftpos is available.

Easter Weekend 2021

A fine sunny weekend brought out the crowds to Keirunga for Easter, with many families enjoying a ride on the steam, diesel and electric trains.

Visiting locos from Kapiti, Manukau and various other tracks helped provide the entertainment for excited families who just had to ride on more than one loco during their visit.

Thanks to the kitchen staff for providing club members and visitors with plenty of enjoyable food.

Here's some photos from the weekend.

View from the cab of DG760.

View from the cab of DG760 at the station.

DG760 on the bend.

DG760 on the bend.

Heading into the number 1 tunnel under steam.

Heading into the number 1 tunnel under steam.

Heading into the number 1 tunnel under steam.

You can look on Facebook to see other photos from the weekend. Other news and updates are also posted there.

Labour Weekend 2020

Labour Weekend proved that the best weather in the country was in the Hawke's Bay as the weekend was fine and sunny, with a light breeze. Havelock North looked a picture with the flowering blossoms and gardens around the area, and Keirunga Park Railway was truly a delight in the spring sunlight.

Crowds of families and individuals turned up to ride the trains and enjoy a picnic in the grounds, while watching the various locos chugging, tooting and screeching around the track hauling happy passengers.

Visiting locos from Kapiti, Manukau and various other tracks helped provide the entertainment for excited families who just had to ride on more than one loco during their visit.

As usual the kitchen staff kept our bellies full with scrumptious lunches and dinners - thanks Ladies, your cooking is always a welcome reprieve.

You can look on Facebook to see photos from the weekend. Other news and updates are also posted there.

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Website News

The Keirunga Website has nearly 200 visitors per month - people love looking at our news and events, member profiles, and checking out our operation before visiting. Let us know if there is anything you would like us to do for you, or submit photos you have taken for publication on this website.

Check out our Facebook page for other news and events.

Keirunga DVD

DVD Cover.

Why not purchase your own personal copy of our Keirunga Park Railway DVD - 20 years of Keirunga Park Railway.

The 60 minute movie shows the operation of the various steam, diesel and electric locomotives at Keirunga, along with shots of the ride and the station area, as well as the building of Keirunga.

$25.00 NZ (overseas postage extra) will get you this DVD.

Please contact Warren Blackburn at email usarailfan@yahoo.co.nz or phone (06) 876 5309.