161016 - Stu's News take one ! Here we go...So, Here we are at Greymouth, NO thats not me.. thats just some randoms that happened to just pass by as the Tranz Alpine train arrives in from Christchurch. We had stayed overnight in Greymouth and are traveling back on this train later today. If you know who these randoms are, can you ask them to get out of my shot !
161016 - Going through one of the 16 tunnels on the Kiwirail TransApine Scenic Journey last weekend. This is on the open viewing carriage and was quite thrilling going through the tunnels at speed. The Otira Tunnel is 20mins long and a steep grade to Arthurs Pass. They stop and hook on an extra engine or two just in case the train breaks down in the tunnel (as a safety precaution) .As the train enters the tunnel a door closes behind it and some fans start up to assist the train to push out any gases and fumes out. The viewing carriage and Cafe/Buffet cars are closed during this time also.... it was fun !