NZ Steamer Runs Along Breathtaking New Zealand Countryside!
Mainline Steam’s KA942 keeps the wheels churning on the this fast and furiously paced run!
A family waits at trackside to see this train whiz by on her journey from Christchurch to Greymouth. You can hear the boy make the sound of a choo, choo as the train approaches as well as “clicking” of camera shutters of excited railfans. Shot at a time of day where the lighting is fantastic, the train can be seen reflected in the water over bridge 81 across the Crooked River.
Originating in Christchurch, she goes to Greymount and back on her round trip excursion.
Mainline Steam Heritage Trust runs this locomotive as well as others and in charged with restoration and operation of historic New Zealand Railways mainline locomotives. The Mainline Steam Heritage Trust has another excursion planned for October 25, 2015 from Plummerton to Pahiatua with views of the Kapiti coast.
Some quick facts about Ka942:
- built at Hutt Workshops
- locomotive weight: 145 tons
- tractive effort: 30,815 lbf
- entered service in 1940
- wheel arrangement K 4-8-4
- currently housed at the Wellington Mainline Steam Depot in Plimmerton
Let us know if you have ever had a chance to take one of these excursions behind this great locomotive! We would love to hear about your experience!