21 April 2024

Get ready for Glenbrook Vintage Railway steam train rides in Hamilton

After a series of “sell-out” trips last year, the Glenbrook Vintage Railway are once again bringing their 1915-built steam locomotive Ww 644 for train rides to the city for a day.

These heritage train rides will be part of the Frankton Thunder Festival being held in Hamilton on March 10 and will add more excitement to the event.

So, Hamiltonians get ready to watch the ‘little mighty’ steam locomotive puff huge billows of smoke and steam while taking passengers on train rides.

The restored and overhauled steam locomotive Ww 644 – built at Dunedin’s Hillside Workshops in 1915, will take people back in time on return train rides from Frankton (Hamilton) station to two separate destinations – Ruakura and Huntly.

Steam train will be in Hamilton for a day
Opportunity for Hamiltonians to take a ride on March 10 (Photo/H Macdonald)

“We have been operating heritage steam trains for 47 years. Our steam train has been newly restored and Hamilton was the first place we ran public excursion trains out of, so Hamilton is special to us,” Tim Kerwin, General Manager- Charter and Enquiries, Glenbrook Vintage Railway(GVR) told NewsViews

Age is no barrier and people of all ages would be able to relive the adventures of the bygone era while enjoying the views, sound of steam gushing out, and whistles of the engine. Open-air viewing platforms throughout the train will also enable passengers to waive to passing motorists.

The Frankton Thunder Steam Express will make four return trips to Ruakura with the first train leaving Frankton at 08:55 am and the fourth scheduled to depart at 12:40 pm.

The steam locomotive will chug slowly between these two destinations, passing through the Hamilton Tunnel (the site of NZ’s first underground railway station), before exiting onto the Claudelands River bridge, over the Waikato River.

This ‘mighty little’ engine will then pull the train through Hamilton’s eastern suburbs and out towards the new developments around Ruakura. At the Ruakura station, the locomotive will switch sides – from one end of the train to the other, to return to Frankton. Read More...


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