Glenbrook Vintage Railway, New Zealand

 

The Glenbrook Vintage Railway (GVR) is a  heritage steam railway operating through picturesque rural countryside over 7.4 km of the former New Zealand Railways (NZR) Waiuku branch line, from Glenbrook to Waiuku, 60 Km south west of Auckland, New Zealand. The GVR operates largely ex-NZR locomotives, rolling stock and infrastructure gathered from all over the country. Even the operating methods, uniforms and “way of life” of New Zealand’s railway “steam age” are replicated. Restored, maintained and operated entirely by volunteers, the GVR is constituted as a Charitable Trust and is funded largely by receipts from the more than 30,000 passengers carried annually in an eight month October to June season

Photographs taken by Peter Yarlett in February, 2007

 

J Class built by the NZR at Hillside works Dunedin in 1949 and withdrawn from service in 1971
J Class built by the NZR at Hillside works Dunedin in 1949 and withdrawn from service in 1971
J Class 1250 was based at Dunedin shed throughout her service on the NZR
J Class 1250 was based at Dunedin shed throughout her service on the NZR
0-4-0 engine hat does not appear on the present stock list of the Glenbrook Railway
0-4-0 engine that does not appear on the present stock list of the Glenbrook Railway
Station and signal box
Station and signal box
Passengers awaiting (Just like passengers on the Southern!)
Passengers awaiting (Just like passengers on the Southern!)
coach A1162 Aotea built 1911
coach A1162 Aotea built 1911
Traction engines at the railway
Traction engines at the railway
Another traction engine
Another traction engine

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Bus rides as well as train rides
Bus rides as well as train rides
W Class locomotive W480 and 644
W Class locomotive W480 and 644
An old fire engine
An old fire engine
What train?
What train?
Another view of the station
Another view of the station
Signal box
Signal box
Del Boy cast off
Del Boy cast off
Budding New Zealand train enthusiasts
Budding New Zealand train enthusiasts
The 2 W Class locos
The 2 W Class locos
It looks like the traction engines were more interesting than the trains
It looks like the traction engines were more interesting than the trains
W Class 644 weight 52 tons & 16910 lbs of tractive effort
W Class 644 weight 52 tons & 16910 lbs of tractive effort
W 480 one of the first batches of W Class weighing 50.5 tons and a tractive effort of 15330 lbs
W 480 one of the first batches of W Class weighing 50.5 tons and a tractive effort of 15330 lbs
Another view of W Class locos 480 and 644
Another view of W Class locos 480 and 644