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Over Rusty Rails
Over Rusty Rails

The 50 Km Rotorua Branch Railway was opened on the 24th November 1893 and runs between Putararu and Rotorua. Construction was commenced by the Thames Valley and Rotorua Railway Company and was completed by the Public Works Department.

The last train to run on the line was a special excursion on the 24th February 2002 and since then the line became overgrown and many sleepers and track fastenings have been stolen.

The Rotorua Ngongotaha Railway Trust secured a lease over the whole line in December of 2009 and have subsequently begun the onerous task of reinstating it to a mainline standard. This is a film on the life and times of the line.

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River Rats

River Rats is the remarkable story surrounding Robert ‘Baldy’ Baldwin’s long relationship with the Whanganui river. It depicts his life from early school days when he experienced his first trip on an old Hatrick riverboat, to his time spent canoeing down the river as a guide, the building of his two steel riverboats and his subsequent recovery from a stroke, aided and abetted by his wife Trixie.

His stroke, happening just as his life long ambition of owning and operating a replica riverboat came to fruition, was ultimately overcome by his love of the river and his desire to share it with others in the boat he had recently built.

The film includes additional input from other people who have had a long involvement with the Whanganui River and this is truly a story about modern day river rats.

Coast to Coast
Coast to Coast

The 145 ton Ka942, was built at NZGR’s Hutt Workshops as No. 325, entering service in November 1940. It was originally built as a coal burner but owing to coal shortages during the second world war, was then converted to burn oil. All of its life was spent in the North Island, initaially at Taihape then at Frankton.

In October 2013, passengers from various countries around the world travelled with Mainline Steam’s South Island West Coast train tour and we went with them. This is the story of the four day journey from Christchurch to Westport and back, riding behind steam locomotive ‘Nigel Bruce’.

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A Drivers View

A Drivers View

There are three rail lines into Wellington and all come in from the north. This film depicts one of them from Waikanae on the Kapiti Coast into Wellington and was filmed from the drivers compartment of an electric multiple unit. It shows the drivers view as he guides a commuter train over the tracks in front of him.

It is filmed and shown in real time as the train travels over the 55 kilometres of very picturesque scenery along the Kapiti Coast and through the northern suburbs of New Zealand's capital city.

This line was built by the Wellington and Manawatu Railway Company in 1886 and still runs along much of the original formation. There are seven tunnels on the line and much of it is now double tracked although there is still one single line section along the escarpment between Paekakariki and Pukera Bay.

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Back on Trax

Steam Locomotive Ab663 'Sharon Lee' was built in the Addington Workshops of the New Zealand Government Railways in 1917 and spent her career running in both islands of New Zealand until being withdrawn from service in 1969. This film covers the latter details of her restoration and mailine running with a particular emphasis made on a recent excursion as the last passenger train to run north of Napier on the Palmerston North to Gisborne Railway.

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A Living Dream

Follow the trials and tribulations as John Murphy and others seek to realise the goal of getting Standard Railcar RM31 back on New Zealand's railway network. Added are archive film clips of previously unseen footage of other railcars traveling around various locations throughout New Zealand along with many interviews. It also details the aims and progress of two other major railcar restoration projects currently underway by members of the Pahiatua Railcar Society.

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Daffodil Express

Each September, the small Wairarapa town of Carterton holds a daffodil festival to herald the arrival of spring.

The Wellington division of the New Zealand Cancer Society has for a number of years organised a steam train to take Wellingtonians to the festival. .

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The Station

When New Zealand was colonised by English settlers in the 1840’s, railways were already well established in many parts of the world. The first railway in Wellington ran from Pipitea Point in 1874 and was planned by the central government to be part of a main trunk railway stretching from Wellington to Auckland....

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Back in Business

The story of the Wellington tramway system started long ago on the other side of the world. Mass public transport enabled new factories and offices springing up in the early 1800’s to get a ready supply of labour following the industrialisation of major cities.

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Westward Bound

Travelling by steam train is now not done by necessity but by choice. This excursion travels from the furthest point east at Lyttelton to the furthest point west at Greymouth and back again.

This DVD relives some of the romance of steam rail travel as can now be undertaken on one of the superbly restored vintage steam locomotives.

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From Cheese to Gizmos

Nestled in the Mangaroa Valley, just a short distance from Upper Hutt, is an old dairy factory that was once bustling with activity.

It still bustles with activity and is much the same as when it was built in the early 1920's although it's now the home of the Wellington Vintage Machinery club

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Steam over the Taieri Gorge

From international award winning director David Sims comes this evocative look back at the history of the Taieri Gorge Railway. We follow the triumphant return of steam locomotive star AB663 hauling a special excursion train as it re-visits this scene of former haunts in the first ever helicopter coverage all the way from Wingatui up onto the plateau to Middlemarch.

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Chasing the Chariots of Fire

From international award winning director David Sims comes this amazing story of the now vanishing steam railways of China. Filmed by John Agnew during his many trips to the chinese hinterlands, we visit places where time has stood still, where steam is a modern form of power and where men and animals do the work done by machines in a modern society.

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White Heron in Wonderland

From international award winning director David Sims comes this wonderful film about the magnificent White Heron and its ancestral nesting site on the Waitangiroto River in New Zealand's South Westland. To the indigenous Maori people, the White Heron, or Kotuku as they named it, has long been revered as a sacred bird and has come to symbolize everything that is beautiful and rare.

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Toogood Tales

Toogood Tales is presented by a much loved personality whose career spanned that of Actor, Broadcaster, Quizmaster and Film Narrator. Join Selwyn for a trip down memory lane back to a far different New Zealand.

Selected from films shot by the National Film Unit which featured or were narrated by Selwyn Toogood and with anecdotes from Selwyn and some of his colleagues, this is a unique celebration of the New Zealand way of life before the days of Television.

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