AB608 Passchendaele steam train Visits Greymouth

paschendale steam train at Greymouth railway station

paschendale steam train in greymouth

The West Coast has been very fortunate to be included in the South Island Centennial Rail tour of the AB608 Passchendaele steam train.

paschendaele steam train in back of rock box gallery greymouth

paschendaele steam train carriages in back of rock box gallery greymouth

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.

train enthusiasts gather to watch arrival of A680 steam train as she traveled through greymouth

There were lots of train enthusiasts waiting to catch a glimpse and no-one was disappointed.

paschendaele steam train traveling through greymouth

A680 steam train as she traveled through greymouth

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.

steam train in tunnel beside train street art

carriages from steam train coming out of tunnel

A real treat was seeing her as she came through a tunnel recently commemorated with some street art of another historic train the Kaitangata.

steam train under the bridge greymouth

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.

steam train as she traveled through greymouth

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.

steam train driver in greymouth

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.


About coastingnz

Jan and Stephen live on the Punakaiki coastline, north of Greymouth on the West Coast, NZ and run Breakers Boutique Accommodation. They both enjoy the outdoors and are passionate about things to see and do on the West Coast and would like to share their experiences with you.
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8 Responses to AB608 Passchendaele steam train Visits Greymouth

  1. Buschbaer1 says:

    I love those old steam trains, thats living history

  2. Pat says:

    Wonderful things, the old steamers. Great capture of the engine by the street art! Even if it was going slow. 🙂

  3. There is no buff like a train buff. I’ve known several. 🙂 Great photos. Curt

  4. G & B says:

    If only you had sound and smellivision – do miss the sound and smell of the old steamers.

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