38 years of steam with a 100 year old engine



The Glenbrook Vintage Railway has been in operation for 38 years since 1977 and their steam locomotives are what have put the railway on the map as one of New Zealand’s leading railway preservation sites.

This year GVR are celebrating the 100th birthday of their locomotive Ww 644, one of their regular workhorses!
She worked her way to Auckland in 1970 via a delivery trip from Greymouth to Auckland, an epic journey of well over 1200km.
Awaiting restoration at the GVR workshop for 32 years. Work finally began in 2002 and after five years of hard labour by the mainly volunteer workforce she took to the rails again.
Since then Ww 644 has been used on all types of work at the GVR, be it normal Sunday running, Day Out With Thomas weekends, Steam Festivals and many a weekday charter for film companies and bus tours. This locomotive, despite her age, will continue to serve the GVR for many years to come.
To mark the occasion of Ww 644’s centenary, the railway is holding a birthday party over Labour Weekend in October. It also marks the official birthday celebration of GVR and there will be a Country Market at Glenbrook Station.
Visit our Facebook page you will see a link to a competition that you can enter, to go into the draw to be able to feed a coal birthday cake to Ww 644. www.gvr.co.nz : www.facebook.com/glenbrookvintagerailway

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