A question I’d had at the back of my mind for many years was whether it might be possible to flash one of the Midland Line viaducts. While there was always the lingering fear that after a great de... (more)
A pair of cleanish KiwiRail DCs roll the TranzAlpine passenger train across the Broken River Viaduct, the third of four viaducts it will cross on its westward journey. While it's hardly the Orient... (more)
DXs 5431 and 5039 work east across the Slovens Creek Viaduct and through tunnel 16 with export coal bound for the Port of Lyttleton, near Christchurch.
It's not quite as fancy as Switzerland's Landwasserviadukt, but New Zealand makes do with the locality of Staircase (population:0).
After leaving an unmanned passing loop of the same name, wes... (more)
DXs 5039 and 5402 cross Big Kowhai Viaduct to reach relatively high speed Canterbury Plains trackage after a long slog through the Southern Alps. The willows in the creek are brandishing their spr... (more)
It's the end of the world as we know it... The returning Tranz Alpine passenger train skirts the cliff ledge between Staircase and Springfield. The milky waters of the Waimakariri river are caused... (more)
There's no finer way to travel the rails! Bruce Lord is a lucky man, being the regular track inspector on one of the most spectacular and remote sections of railway line in New Zealand. He pilots ... (more)
Two DX General Electric diesels (2050 kW each, U26C model) from 1976 are towing Mainline Steam's charter train over the 56 m high Broken River viaduct on the ascent to Arthur's Pass. The fence beh... (more)
Instead of the damaged steamlocomotive Jb 1236, two DX diesel are in front of Mainline Steam's charter from Christchurch to Arthur's Pass. The locomotives, still in the Toll Rail colors but with n... (more)
TranzRail 5172 working train 848, loaded coal from the west coast through Springfield early in the morning.