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RAILWAYS OF THE WORLD

AUSTRALIAN RAILWAYS - CAIRNS KURANDA RAILWAY - QUEENSLAND RAILWAYS COUNTRY LINK - CANBERRA HERITAGE RAILWAY - PUFFING BILLY RAILWAY VICTORIAN GOLDFIELDS RAILWAY - SEYMOUR TO BENALLA RAILWAY - 707 GROUP NORTH WILLIAMSTOWN RAILWAY MUSEUM

TASMANIA - DON RIVER RAILWAY - WEST COAST WILDERNESS RAILWAY
SHEFFIELD RAILWAY - HOBART TRANSPORT MUSEUM

NEW ZEALAND RAILWAYS - - AUCKLAND MUSEUM OF TRANSPORT - GLENBROOK RAILWAY MAINLINE STEAM AUCKLAND TO INVERCARGILL - PLAINS RAILWAY - PLEASANT POINT RAILWAY TAIERI GORGE RAILWAY - ARTHURS PASS RAILWAY - WEKA PASS RAILWAY - FERRYMEAD MUSEUM OF TRANSPORT

PERU RAILWAYS - PERURAIL - F.C.C.A. - CENTRAL RAILWAY - SOUTHERN RAILWAY
CUSCO AND SANTA ANA RAILWAY - HUANCAYO AND HUANCAVELICA RAILWAY YAURICOCHA - CERRO DE PASCO - ENAFER

ECUADOR RAILWAYS - FERROCARRILL ECUATORIANA
E.F.E. - E.N.F.E. - GUAYAQUIL & QUITO - QUITO & SAN LORENZO

IRELAND - IRISH RAIL - TRALEE AND BLENNERVILLE STEAM RAILWAY
ENGLAND - FFESTINIOG RAILWAY - GREAT ORME TRAMWAY - SCOTLAND

MOROCCO RAILWAYS - HARZER-SCHMALSPUR-BAHNEN
CZECH RAILWAYS - SLOVAK RAILWAYS - POLISH RAILWAYS - ROMANIAN RAILWAY

WEKA PASS RAILWAY.

This website is parallel with the www.kellstransportmuseum.com website on whichr ailways not on this site can be accessed.

The Weka Pass Railway is a historic rural railway in new Zealand using both vintage steam and diesel-electric locomotives on 12.8 km of scenic line through the unique limestone beauty of the Weka Pass out of Waipara, where superior weather patterns provide crystal clear air and high sunshine hours. The Weka Pass Railway is a totally voluntary organisation, whose members are dedicated to the preservation of New Zealand's rail heritage.

We invite everyone to join as they are well worth supporting. Too often in Europe we stick to our own and forget our overseas cousins who also do a magnificent job as the following photograohs testify. It costs little to join and we highly recommend it.

A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE RAILWAY

On the 10th August 1982, about 150 interested people packed the Waipara Hall to consider proposals to develop the Waipara-Waikari-Hawarden section of the recently closed Waiau Branch into a steam operated tourist railway. A steering committee was appointed to investigate the proposal, and after the committee's report back on the 29th November an Incorporated Society was formed to buy the Waiau Branch up to the bank of the Hurunui River. Soon after efforts began to secure locomotives & rolling stock for the railway, most importantly acquiring a Steam Locomotive.

After a few attempts to acquire some steam engines, the Society secured a lease on locomotive A 428. In December 1983 A 428 arrived at the Weka Pass Railway, along with two Dg Class diesel locomotives no's 770 & 791, 4 passenger carriages, 5 freight wagons & 3 motor trolleys. Trains began running from 4th June 1984 using the Railway's diesels, and amongst various fund raising schemes & the recovery of track beyond Waikari the railway was able to raise enough finance to rebuild the line to Waikari, as well as restore locomotives, rolling stock & stations.

A number of slips along the line due to bad weather caused some problems & restricted train operations in the early days, and in 1988 trains could only run up the first 5.2km to Antill's Hut. By 1991 Frog Rock was able to be reached, and a year later trains were able to run to Herbert's Crossing, the line's terminus for some years. During this time stations had been obtained and restored for both Glenmark & Waikari, as well as a locomotive shed being built in the Waipara yard.

In 1993 A 428 was returned to operation, and finally the railway had its own steam locomotive to run trains with. In 1995 the railway held the first Waipara Vintage Festival, which has become a biennial feature on the Weka Pass Railway's running calendar, and an important event for the township of Waipara. In June 1998, funding was obtained to allow the completion of the railway to Waikari, and after a lot of hard work the line to Waikari was finally completed in September 1999.

2003 saw the completion of the turntable at Waikari, something that had not been carried out when rebuilding the line to Waikari due to finance & time constraints. The railway has a number of projects yet to complete, such as a turntable at Waipara and a Carriage shed also at Waipara. The Weka Pass Express now travels the full 12.8km to Waikari, and usually runs two trips to Waikari each operating day. Despite the Railway's short history, much has been achieved and the Society is justifiably proud of its achievements. Do Join them and give your support. And even better visit them and go for a run.

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Updated : 14th. July 2007