More photos from Bryan Blanchard, of the Pleasant Point Museum and Railway. Text and captions come from his email.
"Kiwi the Engine & Friends - last Easter
"We thought up this and now run it as the New Thomas franchise owners made it too tough for groups in NZ & overseas to run it - this has proved very successful for us, now this Easter will be the 3rd time we will run it.
"Our steam engine used is a 1878, class = D 16, built in Glasgow and one of New Zealand's first steam engines - they used it to round 1912 and sold it. It was used by the Pukeuri Freezing works, north of Oamaru, till the mid 1960s round there yard & then was replaced by a diesel locomotive. The D was mounted on a concrete block in their yard, and started to slowly rust away - but that is another story
"Hope of interest - Bryan."
Above and below: D 16, at Pleasant Point Station ( the historic Catholic Church in the back ground )
Above: Loco crew talk with visitors.
Above: The Silly Old Station Master = Rev. Mike Kerr - wanders round our site, keeping a eye on his watch to make sure everything runs on time ( he replaces The Fat Controller, as in Thomas).
Above: Station Master, Alf Dowell, waiting to allow the train to depart.
Above: D 16 at Keanes Crossing.
Above: Kiwi greeting customers as they arrive at our site.