well, if you are a Kiwi Rail accountant perhaps.....
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545 at Whareroa
Largely thanks to Mother Nature causing a big arse slip that closed the road through the Manawatu Gorge, milk trains have started rolling a little earlier than planned.
As the milk tankers could not get through from the Hawkes Bay to Whareroa or over the hill very well into Longburn, the milkies have been pumped into action to ferry the milk through to Wharero. And in the blink of an eye  we have three full milk trains running already.
I spent today on Yard Shunt, unloading 540, making up 545 and pushing some empties around with the DSJ.
I had the day off tomorrow, but I have been called in to run 526 so no doubt there will be chance to get some more cheesy roster shots :-)
AH
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526 passes through Whareroa.
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UCG gas wagon on 526.
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545 on the right and the yard shunts on the left.
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Our best puddle jumper with some of the tanks ex 540.
William R
8/25/2011 05:02:05 am

Great pics!

must make an effort to come out your way and catch some of the action - never been west of marton myself.

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SteveF
8/25/2011 06:37:26 am

Yet more great photos Andrew! Some of them might be "cheesey roster shots" to you but they are invaluable to us modelers out there. And don't the shiny new KiwiRail paint jobs look so smart? Caught a look at the Capital Connection (train 1203?) coasting down the grade into Kaiwharwhara the other week and it fair gave me goosebumps - smart shiny coaches being hauled by a smart shiny KiwiRail'd DC. Beautiful.

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Ev
8/25/2011 04:47:21 pm

Have they repainted Club Whareroa (aka the crew shed) in KR colours??? Sacrilige! At least the yellow was.. "cheery"...

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AH
8/25/2011 08:32:46 pm

Yes, Club Whareroa has indeed been repainted recently. Personally I dont think the dark red trim suits, and would rather have seen it more lighter or orange to match the KiwiRail branding. Still, it looks pretty sharp now compared to the "yellow fizz" (honest - thats what it was called) huh!? :-)

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