This is AB 608
This historic locomotive is 100 years old and is named
'Passchendaele.' It has been restored to perfect working order.
This was built in the golden age of railways in New Zealand.It is
the same class of locomotive that
used to run on the Otago Central line. Another loco of the same
class, AB 782, was involved in the tragic Hyde Rail Disaster in
1943. This was the only serious accident on the line but remains
second worst rail accident in our history. Only Tangiwai had a
greater loss of life.
The sight and sound of one of these exiting the number 2 tunnel
and then thundering across the Poolburn viaduct must have been an
experience that you would have remembered.
Today the roar and clank of the steam engine is gone and
cyclists calmly meander where once a railway worked. It is New
Zealand's original Great Ride. Why not come and join us for a rail