This year, there was an open day at Mainline Steam on the 25th September, in conjunction with the Auckland Heritage Festival, and this year I was thankfully able to get there.
Ja1275, which was the commemorative engine for the reopening of the Onehunga branch line. Dates frrom 1951.
Ba552 next to it is an old timer from 1912.
Main attraction of the open day were the rides behind the 1932 Bagnall Tank Shunter (which has a double life as a Thomas the Tank Engine impersonator). A video can be fiound here.
What to do with old bogies? Turn 'em into sculpture.
And what to do with old freight wagons? Turn 'em into sheds (I wish I had one out back of my place!)
Inside the workshops. These were originally workshops for diesel engines, built in 1956 by New Zealand Rail. The buildings, with railway cutbacks, have been leased to Mainline Steam Trust from 1990.
Reminded me very much of Meccano sets I used to muck about with in younger days.
Ja1267 seems to have been purchased in 2008 from the NZ Railway and Locomotive Society in Waikato, one of the series built at the Hillside workshops between 1946-1956, according to an auction notice found online.
Garratt englines from South Africa.
Outside and at back -- a world of rust and graffiti. Here is the largest folded airplane I've ever seen.
Where old boilers hang around.
This bit above dates from 1877, constructed in Manchester, according to its casing.
This seems to be part of a turntable, an essential in the days of steam. Pleasant Point Railway still use one, I know.