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Loco Update

Posted by Darrin Wilkinson on January 27, 2016 at 9:15 PM

Hi All

We have started the year with a bang just before Xmas we received the sides of the tender and today we fitted them, the water tank has been hyd/tested and ready for piping to the loco. The loco has had most of it's copper pipe work fitted  and the new diesel burner installed and awaiting pipe work from the diesel tank at the back of the loco.

Gary C.

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News around our loco depot

Posted by Darrin Wilkinson on October 17, 2015 at 6:40 AM

Date - 17 November 2015.

This week has seen a massive push to the resortation of our loco.  The cab has now been fully built as a mock up and will soon be going to an engineering company in Bleneheim to fabrication. 

Photo above - Mock up nearing completion.
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History of Donald.

Posted by Darrin Wilkinson on October 16, 2015 at 5:45 AM

Several people have contacted the Society seeking information about our little 2ft tank steam locomotive.  Please read below the information from the Marlborough Museum's Website

"Donald"  The little ...

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Mock cab fitted to Donald.

Posted by Darrin Wilkinson on October 12, 2015 at 8:00 PM

As our steam team works steadily towards the full restoration of Donald - one part  that was  missing which is a huge part of the locomotive - The Cab. From historic photos, the restoration crew have designed and constructed a wooden plywood mock-up of the cab to play around with and make the locomotive as authentic as we can.  The locomotive cab will be st...

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Donald update - Steam team in Full Steam

Posted by Darrin Wilkinson on September 24, 2015 at 2:35 AM

Here is a brief update from John Orchard - President

Another day of great progress in the workshop. Gary, Doug, Gavin, Graham and Ralph were all building components for the Tender. It is hoped if we continue at the pace we are achieving  to turn the tender onto its wheels on Saturday morning.

This tender will be a work of art.

It will include, air brakes, spring suspension, water tank, fuel tank, 230 Volt generator, 24 volt alarm syst...

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TEAM Steam

Posted by Darrin Wilkinson on September 23, 2015 at 9:25 PM

With the successful low pressure test being signed off and smiles all around, the steam team are in full swing assembling and restoring/manufacturing components for our little loco “Donald"


We are lucky to have the dedication of a number of members who, some are putting in 6 days a week into the restoration. One thing the public need to remember and we have this in all railway groups is that our valuable members are mostly retired and in their late 60's and older.

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"Donald" Update

Posted by Darrin Wilkinson on August 23, 2015 at 3:35 AM


There has been a lot of interest from various people regarding "Donald" We thank you for your ongoing interest and support.

As work advances on our historical locomotive “Donald" we will continue to inform you on the updates as they come to hand.

Saturday 22nd August 2015 saw "Donald" outside in the Marlborough sunshine. The restoration team wanted to check the Pony truck for gauge and this was achieved with success. The team are working ...

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Steam Locomotive "Donald"

Posted by Darrin Wilkinson on August 9, 2015 at 2:40 AM

We are happy to announce that progress is being made on our Steam Locomotive.  

The Steam Team are making rapid progress on the steam loco project. Key members are John Stitchbury, Arthur Beaman, Gary Coburn, and Scott McIntyre.

Photo above  shows the boiler which has s...

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FRONZ Charters

Posted by Darrin Wilkinson on June 25, 2015 at 5:05 AM

During the FRONZ confrence we ran a couple of shuttle trains to take delegates on our track 

Two major awards from FRONZ 2015

Posted by Darrin Wilkinson on June 20, 2015 at 10:25 AM

Blenheim Riverside Railway were hosts of the 2015 Federation of Rail Organisations of New Zealand (FRONZ) conference, over this Queen's Birthday weekend.

The Blenheim Riverside Railway Society has been given the thumbs up by KiwiRail for their work extending the railway line to Omaka.

 The society was presented with the KiwiRail infrastructure award from the national rail operator at the Federation of Rail Organisations of New Zealand national conference, held in Blenheim ove...

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