Some random Christchurch and MNL snaps for your cold Wednseday - circa 2006.
5356 All boxed up ready for shipment to Hutt for rebuilding, seen parked the oil siding at Middleton depot having its fluids drained. As per S.O.P many reusable parts were removed from it before it went north.
That sweet late afternoon Canterbury sun lights up 5229 at Middleton. (Still the best paint scheme ever!!)
4847 has come in off the local shunt for servicing as a fresh set of bankers bound for Otira head out with two more Dx's for a coal train.
Sunbathing in front of the depot.
Southbound at Sockburn.
The naughty locos usually ended up as power for the coal dump shuttles....
Classic GM power!
Having just been serviced after a tour of duty as the middle banker loco, 5385 is seen outside just after having 10 days worth of exhaust, oil and coal dust washed off the windows, lights and number boards. They come in so bad sometimes that they are unrecognizable until washed.
A northbound freight service at Kaikoura.
Underway just north of Kaikoura.
The Coastal Pacific as it used to be.
Wharenui with the spot resleepering goup tucked away in the service siding.
Southbound at Rolleston.
Saturday - banker change day, and a this set has just rolled in after ten days working the Otira tunnel. Each loco usually required a full set of brake blocks, a serious amount of oil, water and a damn good clean after each banker tour.
One of the pampered DCP's has the day off from hauling the Coastal Pacific or the "Tranz" as one of its freight hauling brethren waits next door. At that time there were a small number of DCP's based at Middleton exclusively used for passenger trains.
A short freight passes through Sockburn.
The Green Machine! Snot Rockets rest in the afternoon sun gleaming from their recent bath.