Silver Stream Railway

Matt and I visited the Silver Stream Railway yesterday and had several(!) rides on this little beauty:

That’s a New Zealand Railways L Class locomotive built in 1877 by the Avonside Engine Co Ltd, Bristol, England. My little cheat sheet also tells me the engine weight is 20.3 tonnes, has 2 cylinders (diameter 267mm, stroke 457mm), operated at 160psi and has the road number PWD 509 (NZR 219). It’s pulling a pair of NZ Railways Aa Class carriages, one built in 1925 in Newmarket and the other in 1912 in Petone, which are still in very good condition:

Also at the railway are a bunch of old engines and carriages being lovingly restored in the workshops where you can get a tour on request, along with some memorabilia in the station buildings.

For more of my photos click through to this album, and if you want more info about the Silver Stream Railway see their website at: They’re open Sundays 11am-4pm at a cost of $12 for adults, $6 for children and free for under 5’s which gives an all day ticket for short train rides (the track is 1.5km long). Oh, and if you’ve got a train/Thomas enthusiast with you then you’ll probably need to budget a little extra for spending in the shop! 😉