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The Waikato Passchendaele Express

When:

Sun 26 Oct 2014, 8:05am–4:00pm

Where: Frankton Railway Station, Fraser Street, Frankton, Hamilton, Waikato

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $195.00
  • Child: $115.00
  • Additional fees may apply

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Travel with Steam Incorporated North from Hamilton on the ECMT to Waharoa and then down the Kinleith Branch line through Matamata and Putaruru to Tokoroa for an easy day out while enjoying a day of nostalgic rail travel.

The train will be hauled by our “new” steam locomotive Ab608 “Passchendaele” and we will be using our fleet of heritage carriages, most with open end balconies.

This will be one of the first excursions using WWI Memorial locomotive Ab608 “Passchendaele” since the completion of a major restoration taking many years and costing over half a million dollars. Ab608 was built in 1915, the first of the successful and prolific Ab class, and in 1925 named “Passchendaele” in memory of all of the railwaymen that fell in the Great War. It is fitting that we are able to run this excursion to coincide with the start of WWI, 100 years ago.

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

There will be a stopover of over an hour at Tokoroa for a lunch break. During this the locomotive will carry onto Kinleith to be turned in preparation for the return journey.

There is also the option to leave the train at Matamata instead of going all of the way to Tokoroa.

This excursion is being run in conjunction with our North Island Heartland rail Tour which means we only have a very limited number of seats available for this opportunity.

The adult fare ex Hamilton to Tokoroa and return is $195. Child fare is $115.

After returning to Hamilton the train will continue onto Pukekohe and Glenbrook (one way). Travel on this sector is also available as an optional add on.