Last weekend I had the chance to tag along on a mighty foaming mission chasing trains on the N.I.M.T around the Mangaweka - Taihape areas. 
We were tread to some fabulous weather and I am pretty stoked at the photos we managed to get and the places we managed to visit. The scnerey is just stunning in the upper Manawatu and there are a bunch of locations just waiting to be further explored! 
I previously knew nothing of the area, nor did I have many photos of trains on the trunk but I have come away with a greater appreciation of the area and the size of the trains that traverse it..... I will defiantly be going back for more!!

(you'll have to forgive me, I have forgotten all the train numbers... lol!!)
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Southbound freight in the loop at Horopito, late Friday evening.
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Northbound freight arrives at Horoptio as the last of the days light slips away.
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Northbound through Mataroa.
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Southbound freight crossing the South Rangitiki viaduct.
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Northbound on the North Rangitiki viaduct.
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Just south of the Kawhatau viaduct.
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Southbound Dora near the Kawhatau viaduct.
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And a bit further south a southbound swings into the sweet afternoon light.
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Late afternoon cloud cover steals the sunlight as a northbound freight passes through Mangaweka.
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Stopped at Taihape.
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390 just north of Mangaweka.
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Northbound Explorer near Manganoho.
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About to head round the Rangariri curve (horseshoe curve).
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4605 working hard up the grade.
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Ngarakehu loops.
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7335 heading for home rails.
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Near Rangariri
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Heading for home I find this train at Marton in the rain....
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Teeming with rain my last shot from a awesome weekend out!
AH
Scooter
11/12/2012 10:10:34 pm

Great pics. Love the electrics!

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Bruce
11/13/2012 09:32:33 am

Cool series of photos there Drew.

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Steve m
11/14/2012 02:44:43 pm

Great stuff as usual andrew.
Did you trek down to ngarakehu ? Been meaning to venture down there.

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