The West Coast has been very fortunate to be included in the South Island Centennial Rail tour of the AB608 Passchendaele steam train.
What a beauty. Built in 1915 in Christchurch she was renamed in 1925 in memory of soldiers from WW1 who were members of the NZ Railways.
Stephen headed into town in the morning to photograph her arrival to the Greymouth train station and subsequent departure on to Hokitika.
There were lots of train enthusiasts waiting to catch a glimpse and no-one was disappointed.
Being that she’s a steam train and this was a showcase voyage she wasn’t traveling very quickly so Stephen was able to catch her in various spots as she traveled out of town.
A real treat was seeing her as she came through a tunnel recently commemorated with some street art of another historic train the Kaitangata.
It was wonderful to see so much interest and enthusiasm for the Passchendaele visit.
With more than 150 passengers – many from Australia and England there was a-buzz a plenty.
I was lucky enough to see her myself when I headed into town later in the day. Quite unexpected but timed to perfection for her return journey from Hokitika before she headed off on the rest of her exploration of the West Coast.
Toot toot – hope we get to see many more visits to the West Coast from steam trains, there is just something romantic about the noise and seeing them in action. Thanks for visiting – safe journeys.
Jan and Stephen run Breakers Boutique Accommodation on the Great Coast Road north of Greymouth. They are very passionate about the West Coast and enjoy getting out and about and exploring.