Today brings a fabulous report sent in from the very talented William Rutgers.
William has some cracker shots on the very fussy Rail Pictures website and has written a report for us from a road trip last weekend..
(Thanks William!)
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"you all must be sick of my roster shots and cheesy milk train photos by now??" - AH
Might as well throw this post in the bin then!

Seeing as this is my first post i guess i should quickly introduce myself... hmm where to start...

When I was only one year old my parents bought me a plastic duplo trainset - 18 years later it seems I took i liking to it. Now studying Mechanical Engineering at the local polytech I still dream of being in the hotseat rather than standing lineside taking photos that people give you dumb looks for. But hey, gotta get your kicks somewhere.

A few texts back & fourth with a fellow foamerite and I soon find myself on an Intercity coach bound for palmy running a nice one hour late. After about 10 minutes to stretch my legs we're already in the car to have a goon down at milson - before I know it we're in Wanganui in total darkness (too bad i forgot my tripod).On our return to palmy after even more detours we quickly scanned the various web circles to find a very helpful post by the one & only AH. 542/6:45 departure? right we'll get up at 6. Now off to bed.

6:30 - right, time to get up.

After a mad dash to maccas for your typical teenage breakfast we're on the road to fielding expecting to catch up somewhere between Feilding & Greatford - that plan didn't last for long. "3: proceed from Marton to Wanganui" RIGHT, we're awake.

After finally catching up let the piccies begin.

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Cruising into Eastown to cross 543
Then came a first for me - the climb up the Westmere Bank.
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Kai iwi Closeup
Then came an event which seemed to be a very common occurance throughout the day.
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On our arrival....
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On 542's arrival
Not much had improved on arrival at Patea.
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Mmmmm, always had a soft spot for derelict buildings
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Playing around with a little fisheye
Our luck changed for a short time at Whareroa
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Almost a roster-shot
After a quick topup in Hawera we were back in time to see 545 being assembled before heading off.
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Any farmiliar faces?
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Somehow I don't think the tanker jockeys enjoyed the view as much as I did
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Playing chicken with some of the Patea crowd
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Yet another gloomy shot as 545 heads south through Waverley
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A guest appearance of the getaway car at Kai iwi
At this point a well needed lunch break was in order so the chase was off. With a little while to wait till the next milkie we went for a little tikitour to track down this -
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A good book would go a long way in this process
This post is starting to get a bit lengthy so I think i'll call intermission

Till next time -

William R
William R
9/24/2011 06:45:35 am

Cheers Drew!

Hmmm think i might have sent you the draft by mistake... oh well, no major differences. Now to pump out part II.

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Ev
9/24/2011 04:20:06 pm

Good work William, despite the gloom youve found some good spots with the Easttown and Patea shots coming off well (but then I would say that, wouldnt I?) :-)

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