Ferrymead 125 - Celebration Of 125 Years Of Rail in NZ
It was across the meadows near the Heathcote Ferry (Christchurch) that the steam whistle shrieked the first announcement of public rail in New Zealand, on December the 1st, 1863. Almost 125 years on the Ferrymead 125 celebration weekend was an event to celebrate this auspicious occasion with all manner of rail engines, old and new.
Given that Ferrymead was the birthplace of railways in New Zealand it was only fitting that a major celebration of 125 years of rail in New Zealand was held in Christchurch, during a full week in October 1988.
Steam action (as seen in this film) includes that from the Christchurch to Ferrymead shuttle, the evening Rangiora trips, the excursion to Timaru, a mountain special to Arthur's Pass on the Midland Line and a closeup view of the Locomotive & Rolling Stock Cavalcade held at the Christchurch Railway Station.
J1250 at Arthurs Pass in the Southern Alps.
One of the engines highlighted is Ja1250 which was initially restored by the Glenbrook Vintage Railway for use on their line. Three years earlier in 1985 this engine was one of two that were selected to be used on the first mainline steam-hauled trip since the end of the steam-era. The engine was one of the notable attendees of the 1988 Rail 125 celebrations around New Zealand. In both 1998 and 2011 Ja1250 returned to mainline steaming after significant overhauls, and that process is once again underway, with the engine having been retired from service in April 2017.
C864 was built by New Zealand Government Railways at Hillside Workshops in Dunedin in 1931, and is one of 24 locomotives built as heavy shunting engines in major freight terminals of both the North and South Islands
Another engine to be featured in this film is C864 was purchased by the Canterbury Branch of the New Zealand Railway and Locomotive Society in 1971, and was moved to Ferrymead the following year, where it was the primary engine in the Ferrymean railway line for many years. High running costs means that the engine is now only run on special days.
Steam action in this film includes that from the Christchurch to Ferrymead shuttle, the evening Rangiora trips, the excursion to Timaru, a mountain special to Arthur's Pass on the Midland Line and a closeup view of the Locomotive & Rolling Stock Cavalcade held at the Christchurch Railway Station.
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