Woodville 125 Years

See below for a selection of photos from the Woodville Railway Station 125th Anniversary Celebrations held on Saturday 24th March 2012. For the event, we took to Wab 794, and also F 163 which is rarely seen on the main line along with our four 56ft steel carriages and FM guards van. The F had a primary role in the celebrations, being the main "guest locomotive" and it was used to re-enact the first train arriving at Woodville for the celebrations. Steam Incorporated were asked to contribute Da 1431, which hauled a "Round the Block" excursion called the "Tararua Scenic Daylight" up the Wairarapa Line to Woodville, and then later headed through the Manawatu Gorge and back to Paekakariki down the North Island Main Trunk. Kiwirail contributed a DC, a DSC, two OM milk wagons and one of each of the new type of curtain side container wagons for a display at Woodville Station. We had also heard that Pahiatua Railcar Society had initially going to contribute Standard Railcar Rm 31 but Rm 31 was rumored to be still at Hutt Workshops after the open day there having encountered a problem preventing its return home. Nevertheless, the event was good and it was neat to see the F back on the main line. Well done to the organizers of the event for putting it all together!
Thanks for by Daniel Garland for the photo and contributions to making this page.

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Photos taken by Daniel Garland.

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