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Once upon a time, long ago,
One Fine Day............, 12th March 1971, Part 2

Wilson Lythgoe has been circulating friends with some steam pictures taken some time back and with his permission and encouragement they are reproduced on these pages and will be added to from time to time. Click here for the index.


A few weeks ago, I focussed on a Dj hauled train 65 ambling through the North Canterbury countryside. With the sun shining it was a good day to be out in the country train chasing even if the train being photographed was diesel hauled.


This time we'll continue north with 65 for a few more miles until a double headed Dg hauled train, heading south, seemed like an ideal opportunity to start heading homewards.

So to continue on from where I left off.........

A BIG picture look at North Canterbury. Dj1222 and train seem quite insignificant as they roll over a small bridge between Tormore and Domett.

Seen here from the Nonoti Rd overbridge Vulcan railcar 52 burbles along with southbound train 104 from Picton to Christchurch.

The Dj and railcar must have crossed at Domett as a short time later 1222 and train came along.

Steam era infrastructure still dominated wayside stations, in this case Mina, even though the line north of Waipara had seen few steam trains over the last ten years.

Just over nine miles further north was Parnassus with yet another reminder of the steam era. Dg779 and 769 were already waiting on the main for 1222 to enter the loop. I decided here to transfer my attentions to the Dg's heading south for a bit of variety.

I lay in wait for the south bound train at Spotswood station which was only a couple of miles from Parnassus. It made for a pleasant rural station scene especially as there were wagons in the yard.

Rolling south and in this instance somewhere near Mina.

The things we used to get up to.......I'd driven up Ethelton Rd, paralleling the railway, to where the two parted company. I'd then walked along the track, crossed over the Hurunui River on the rail bridge and then wandered along a little further until I found this spot. I think today the terminology is 'trespassing on the rail corridor' and it ain't allowed! With this picture taken I called it quits for the day and headed for home.


Rob Dickinson

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