Well I seem to spending more time at the other end of the line (Palmy end) than anywhere else recently and running trains all the way back home, so I thought I would share some highlights from a recent trip along the line.
Its Sunday and there are more locos in palmy than you can poke a stick at!!
I counted at least 5 DFT's and half a dozen DC's plus a couple of DXB's, DSG's, DSC's, and the odd EF.....
I was down to bring 538 home, and it was ready so no old chook roster shots today....
Well... maybe one.
So I blast out of Palmy and have green lights all the way to Maewa, where I am put in the hole for a short while untill 251 blasts past.
There was lots of radio chatter as the DC on the point was rather crook dropping multiple ground relays, so arrangements were made for a loco swap at Palmy to take the train to Wellington.
More green lights but only a short hop to the loop at Rangitawa where I cross 547 heading for home...
Coming up to Marton I grab a quick snap of the Malt works in the distance. They have a Tr up there to shunt their siding.
The round concrete bases in the foreground once had a plethora of corrougated grain silos standing on them, recently removed.
Stopped at the Marton platform I get my warrant and then head up onto the mighty MNPL.
This mighty contraption once unloaded fertilser wagons but now it services trucks!
Down the hill and through tunnel number 1 I pop out into a super sunny late evening at Ruatanagata (Whangehu)
And a stop at Easttown for a warrant and a loo stop (there is a loo for us to use in the old east town depot...)
And off home into the setting sun....