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Bay Of Islands Vintage Railway

We first travelled to the Bay of Islands in 1994 (when I was still taking slide photographs!), and came across this wonderful little railway, running on the vestiges of the northernmost railway in New Zealand. While we did not get a chance to travel on the train, we did get a chance to take a few photographs of it, here labelled as "Gabriel-1" through to "Gabriel-8".

We returned 22 years later, and were disappointed to discover that the section of track to Opua had been removed, and assumed that the railway was no longer functional. But no, a dedicated band of volunteers has kept the railway running, even though all the bridges on the line from Kawakawa to Opua had been condemned. This meant that train trips could only run as far as the first bridge, a fairly short trip!

Over the years, those bridges have steadily been recommissioned, and trains now run to Taumarere (not sure how far this is). Full credit to those hardworking volunteers!

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  • Date : Jan 1994, catalogued 18 Mar 2001
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 19099
  • Description : At the once-busy port of Opua, Gabriel stands waiting to leave with a short train.


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  • Date : Jan 1994, catalogued 18 Mar 2001
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 19100
  • Description : At the once-busy port of Opua, Gabriel stands waiting to leave with a short train.


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  • Date : Jan 1994, catalogued 18 Mar 2001
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 19101
  • Description : A close up of the front end of Gabriel at Opua.


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  • Date : Jan 1994, catalogued 18 Mar 2001
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 19102
  • Description : Gabriel departs Opua for Kawakawa against a backdrop of yachts on Waikare Inlet.


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  • Date : Jan 1994, catalogued 18 Mar 2001
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 19103
  • Description : Gabriel departs Opua for Kawakawa against a backdrop of yachts on Waikare Inlet.


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  • Date : Jan 1994, catalogued 01 Apr 2001
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 19104
  • Description : Gabriel departs Opua for Kawakawa against a backdrop of yachts on Waikare Inlet.


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  • Date : Jan 1994, catalogued 01 Apr 2001
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 19105
  • Description : Gabriel departs Opua for Kawakawa against a backdrop of yachts on Waikare Inlet.


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  • Date : Jan 1994, catalogued 01 Apr 2001
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 19106
  • Description : Gabriel departs Opua for Kawakawa against a backdrop of yachts on Waikare Inlet.


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  • Date : 1 Nov 2016, catalogued 15 Dec 2016
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : digital camera (Canon EOS600D), image location 20161101-093309
  • Description : Timmy stands at the Kawakawa station waiting for the next turn of duty


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  • Date : 1 Nov 2016, catalogued 15 Dec 2016
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : digital camera (Canon EOS600D), image location 20161101-093455
  • Description : Gabriel and nameless diesel wait in the shed at Kawakawa


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  • Date : 1 Nov 2016, catalogued 15 Dec 2016
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : digital camera (Canon EOS600D), image location 20161101-093503
  • Description : Gabriel waits in the shed at Kawakawa


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  • Date : 1 Nov 2016, catalogued 15 Dec 2016
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : digital camera (Canon EOS600D), image location 20161101-093757
  • Description : Timmy stands at the Kawakawa station waiting for the next turn of duty


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  • Date : 1 Nov 2016, catalogued 15 Dec 2016
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : digital camera (Canon EOS600D), image location 20161101-093904
  • Description : gangers trolley ready for some level crossing repairs


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