DG 760 - Photo P Anderson

Tracks

DG760 has run on a number of public and private tracks in the North Island. A purpose-built trailer is used to transport the locomotive and carriage, which weighs nearly half a ton.

Public Tracks

  • Havelock North
  • Petone
  • Palmerston North
  • Kapiti
  • Maidstone
  • Manukau

Private Tracks

  • Mana Ariki, Taumarunui
  • Ngahape, east of Masterton
  • Squirrel Valley, Cambridge

Havelock North Live Steamers

Location

Keirunga Park, Pufflet Road, Havelock North

At Keirunga Park, Havelock North, Labour Weekend 2009.

Track

The track is 846 metres (just over half a mile) long and caters for 3.5", 5" and 7.25" gauges. Traversing the hilly topography of the park demands a ruling gradient of 1 in 100 uphill and 1 in 50 downhill. The ruling curve radius is 43 feet. The single track main line crosses four high viaducts - a curved wooden trestle, a steel arch and two concrete structures as well as passing through three tunnels.

DG760 can pull up to 6 carriages with 25 people in total at Keirunga.

Opening hours

1st and 3rd Sunday (weather permitting), 11 am and 4 pm, plus Easter and Labour Weekends.

Website

Visit Keirunga Park Website for stories, photos and profiles.

Hutt Valley Model Engineers

Location

Hikoikoi Reserve, Seaview, on Petone foreshore, behind the Mobil Service station.

Seaview Station

Track

Seaview's track is a 350 metre oval track, with two station tracks and a straight through track, and a separate loop for loading. It also has reverse sidings to access easy storage in the shed.

Opening hours

Every Sunday afternoon, 1.00-4.00 pm (weather permitting).

Website

Hutt Valley Model Engineers Society Inc

Maidstone

Location

Maidstone Park, Upper Hutt

DG760 at Maidstone Park, Upper Hutt.

Track

A single track around the park.

Opening hours

1st and 3rd Sunday of each month, 1 pm to 4 pm.

Palmerston North

Location

Marriner Reserve, Palmerston North

Track

A double loop track with a bridge crossover, around the Marriner Reserve.

Marriner Reserve

Opening hours

1st and 3rd Sunday of each month, 1 pm to 4 pm Summer, and 1 pm to 3 pm Winter.

Website

Palmerston North Model Engineers Society

Kapiti Live Steamers, Raumati Beach

Location

Marine Gardens, renamed Raumati Junction, Raumati Beach

Kapiti Junction

Track

A track which goes around the gardens, through cuttings, over bridges and through tunnels.

Opening Hours

Every Sunday, midday to 4.30 pm.

Website

Kapiti Miniature Railways

Location

Centre Park, Robertsons Road, Manukau City

Manukau Station and Steaming Bay

Track

The Manukau Live Steamers Track starts at the Massey Junction station. The Prairie track is 1200 metres and follows the edge of a large playing field. The Hill track is 850 metres long with uphill grades of 1.5% and a 90 metre curved tunnel. The tunnel has light signals at the entrance with a track sensor about 3 metres before the tunnel.

Mana Ariki Marae, Taumarunui

Location

9 km north of Taumarunui

Manu Ariki Track

Track

Largest privately owned railway in the Southern Hemisphere. Inspired by Mr Alexander Phillips CBE QSM, Paramount Chief of King Country, Whanganui and Taranaki. Mr Phillips was a railwayman all his life and spent most of the time working on the railways and in the bush in the area. This 7.25 inch gauge track is 3.5 kilometres long, winding its way up the Mana Ariki Valley, over two viaducts, one bridge, three tunnels, a cross-over, a roundhouse engine shed, and two stations. It also has three crossing loops and a short version figure 8 track which was the original track built before the extension up the valley. The track is open once a year in March for visiting locos and drivers by invitation only.

Ngahape Valley Railway

Location

40 mins east of Masterton. Owned privately by Ken Evans.

DG760 at Ngahape.

Track

This track encircles the property, going down an embankment, over a dry streambed, and back around in front of the old schoolhouse playground area. Visitors by invitation only.


Squirrel Valley Railway

Location

SH1 1 min North of Cambridge. Owned privately by Grant and Donna Alexander

Squirrel Valley

Track

This private railway boasts a mainline of over 300 metres, along with about 140 metres in storage sidings, yard and steam-up area, Y and passing loop. There is one tunnel of about 12 metres, and a bridge just over 4 metres in length over a lake stocked with small fish. The railway is about having fun and so continuous in basic plan, but also there is a lot of room for "operation" as the layout incorporates ten sets of points thus giving a number of "destinations" and reverse routes. The maximum gradient is about 1:60 and there are about 27 track metres of covered storage for the safe storage of visiting rolling stock.

Loading facilities are two-fold with a simple 2.5 metre link-span for the lighter locos to load/unload direct into the covered storage tracks, and also a 50 metre long 1:25 earth ramp bringing the track up to trailer height directly from the mainline.

In attendance were international members of the Convention Ramble, who were visiting various tracks around the North Island, pictured below.

Convention Ramble visitors

Also on the property is a reasonably extensive "G" scale garden railway.