As the rain comes down, Mike Kilsby amps up the power on train 826 after stopping to attach three bankers (helper locos) for the 3% climb up through the 8km (5 mile) long Otira Tunnel.
The pointy end of loaded coal train 846 glides through the yard at Otira.
Loco Engineer Neil D. connects the MU cable and brake hoses between three banker locos and the road power of an eastbound coal train for a run up through the 3% Otira tunnel. 5304 is the lead lead... (more)
Nestled in a mountain valley in the middle of the South Island, Otira is lucky to see an hour of sunshine in the middle of winter, that’s if you can see the sky at all as this is an area often ass... (more)
A pair of DXs in the nasty "Toll Rail" livery bring empty coalie 849 off the grade and into the Otira yard.
All very well for descending empties, but loaded trains travelin... (more)