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Rarotonga Steam Railway

The Rarotonga Steam Railway is a short tourist railway on Rarotonga in the Cook Islands.

It has one working steam locomotive; a 750mm gauge Polish 0-8-0. In Poland, it was Px48-1741. It was built in 1951 by the Pierwsza Fabryka Lokomotyw w Polsce Fablok in Chrzanów, Poland with the serial number 2126

Project Steam

Project Steam chairman John Sutherland said the Dunedin-based group was working to restore a P class steam locomotive by using the salvaged parts of four locomotives rescued for preservation.

The salvaged locomotives were among those the New Zealand Railways Department bought from British company Nasmyth, Wilson and Co in the 1880s and deployed to Otago.

Mr Sutherland, of Dunedin, said the locomotives were salvaged from locomotive dump sites in Otago and Southland as incomplete hulks.

Heritage Tramways Trust

In 1993 the Society were asked by the City Council to supply Cars for the Tourist Tramway Loop in the centre of Christchurch. The Heritage Tramways Trust was set up to undertake the professional restoration of five vehicles to be leased to the City Council then on to the Tourist Tramway Operator – currently Christchurch Tramways Limited.

This has allowed greater progress to be made on restoration of the barn full of former holiday cottages and sheds acquired over the years.