General chat

“Is there any way we could have a thread for the more lightweight stuff like music and general chat?”

Do it here. Please no personal attacks or bickering. Anything abusive, provocative or inflammatory may be deleted.


  1. Blazer

     /  July 15, 2018

    • Gezza

       /  July 15, 2018

      It’s a pain that reddit images don’t display on posting the link.

  2. wooden goat

     /  July 15, 2018

    Just wanted to say – this is a *great* blog!
    Good blog with good contributors – keep up the good work, P.G.!

  3. Gezza

     /  July 15, 2018

    Woohoo! 😍 A steam train just went by, heading North up the main trunk line, & the engineer knows how to make the steam-whistle sing like this:

    • They go past where we lived before, and the whistle was painfully loud as we were near the crossing and the whistle was going at the end of the garden. It actually hurt my ears, it was so piercing.. The whole house shook as it would in a violent earthquake, and our Angora rabbits went into real panic stations.I was amazed that none were hurt or had their necks broken as they charged around in blind panic and terror. The train was really noisy as well and the garden was smothered in black coal smoke.

      They look good from a distance, but I would have hated to have been in that house when those were the only trains.

      I like it that trains on signs are still depicted as the old choochoo type, just as televisions are still drawn as the old ones with controls beside the screen.

      I was shocked to see that the Kingston Flyer is unused, decrepit and in a bad state of repair. How did that come about ?

      • Gezza

         /  July 15, 2018

        Possibly there were too many complaints that they went past where people lived, and the whistle was painfully loud for any who were near crossings, and made their whole houses shake like violent earthquakes, were really noisy, covered their washing in black coal soot and panicked their pets?

        Alan & I visited the Bay of Islands vintage railway in Kawakawa when I stayed at his lovely cabins in November/December last. There was no one around & I went into their open sheds to look at the vintage engines & carriages there being stored & take some photos of them. One of the volunteers, a retired gentleman, appeared out of the dark & was thrilled to see two people as interested in them as he.

        He took us on a personal tour of their workshops & told us the history of the various vintage engines & passenger carriages being slowly stripped down and rebuilt by the volunteers. They had some dating back to our earliest engines, & some wonderful little vintage diesel trains.

        It takes a lot of time, expertise, & money to restore, run & constantly maintain tracks & vintage engines & rolling stock. They are a labour of love & they are short of volunteers & funds. I think the main reason we don’t see them more often is simply the lack of human & financial resources to keep them going.