The International Steam Pages

Once upon a time, long ago,
Ja1246 Christchurch to Kaikoura
Monday 27th October 1969

Wilson Lythgoe has been circulating friends with some steam pictures taken some time back and with his permission and encouragement they are reproduced on these pages. Click here for the index.

At long last Wilson has run out of material, he says "Thanks for putting up with my rambles and rambling for 121 times and wishing you all the very best......". To which I would add thanks for giving me and others so much pleasure. Is there anyone out there who would like to take up the baton?

Labour Weekend 1969 and to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the founding of the New Zealand Railway & Locomotive Society two steam powered excursions were organised as part of the weekend. I didn't join the one to Arthur's Pass but the following day was down at the station bright and early for a 07.45 departure to Kaikoura. 

Crossing the Conway River with the Ferniehurst goods shed and station just visible in the background above the fourth carriage. At least I think that's where the shot was taken. I never wrote details on these slides at the time and referring to the NZ Railway & Tramway Atlas this seems to be the only possible location.

The going away shot from the previous one. The day was pretty mediocre weatherwise but an enthusiastic crew ensured the smoke effects during the photo stops were first class.

One of the scenic highlights of the Main North is the run along the coast with the opportunity for seascape photos.

The Okarahia Viaduct is another Main North highlight. Exterior wise the railways had turned out a pretty grubby set of carriages for the day......quite a contrast to those in my previous tale.

Again, what I hope is an intelligent guess, but I'll take a risk and say this shot was taken crossing the Kahutara River.

Probably the only photo run of the day without copious quantities of exhaust was the drift into Kaikoura station. 

Heading home along the coast.......

Inland the weather had not improved one iota.


Rob Dickinson