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The Timaru Scenic Daylight


Sun 16 Sep 2012, 8:45am–4:30pm

Where: Christchurch Railway Station, Troup Drive, Addington, Christchurch

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult return: $160.00
  • Child return: $95.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: enquiries13

During September Steam Incorporated and the Railway Enthusiasts Society are running a 17 day rail tour from Auckland to Westland. In conjunction with this tour we are offering a limited number of seats for travel on a day excursion from Christchurch to Timaru and return. This will be a rare opportunity to travel over the line south of Rolleston that is now a freight only route.

Thanks to the Diesel Traction Group we are fortunate in being able to have their restored Dg772 haul our train. This loco was built by English Electric in 1955. We understand that this will be the first public main line trip for Dg772 in the Canterbury region since its restoration.

Complimenting Dg 772 the train will comprise our fleet of classic red “steel” cars. ]There will be an open-air viewing platform on the train

The train will include a buffet counter selling burgers, sausages, sandwiches, drinks and snacks, and a souvenir counter for all sorts of railway and steam memorabilia.

There will be a one hour stopover at Timaru while the loco is turned and the train serviced. We will make several other stops during the day for photo opportunities and a leg stretch.

You can board the train at either Christchurch or Rolleston.

All seating is reserved and prior booking essential. Tickets will be mailed out two weeks prior to the excursion.

Seats are also available for another Dg hauled train from Christchurch to Waipara and return on Monday 17th Sept. Enquire for details.

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