Riding on a steam train at the Weka Pass Railway is a real treat. Yesterday afternoon a group of us took advantage of a clear day to enjoy an excursion across the Canterbury countryside.
The journey from Waipara to Waikari (11km) takes about half an hour, with a stop part way for a photo opportunity. The scenery is beautiful and includes spectacular limestone formations.
When you reach Waikari, the engine is manually turned ready for the return journey.
This railway is run entirely by volunteers, who are dedicated to preserving New Zealand’s railway heritage. It’s like a colonial cousin of the Orient Express.
I did the same ride in 2012, and there are more photographs on my blog about this.
“It’s fun to take a ride by train
and I was pleased to go again.”