Silver Stream Railway Inc. was awarded the runner up certificate and prize at the Upper Hutt ceremony of the Wellington Airport Regional Community Awards 2013. Congratulations to all the other winners and runners up.
Thanks to the support of our members and one of our Facebook likers, we have now purchased the Waitakere 50' Turntable from KiwiRail. Now the hard work starts, we need to raise the five figure sum to move it to Silver Stream and build the foundations for it to sit on. Please download a form if you would like to contribute financially to our Turntable Fund.
The past few months has seen a huge amount of outdoor activity due to the almost uninterrupted fine weather that the region has enjoyed. The downside of this is it has left the ground very dry and the whole region was under a fire ban for a month. This precluded the use of our steam locomotive fleet for the duration but gave our 2 De locos an opertunity for an airing. We are fortunite to be able to call on a vast stable of motive power to suit almost any requirement. This is due to the dedication of members who has nursed these locomotive back to health.
Thanks to the Trillian Trust who have given us funding to purchase a new set of batteries for our diesel electric locomotive De505. Expect to see this loco on one of our popular Diesel Days in the new year.
It has been another extremely successful few months at the railway, with major progress on several fronts and other work planed for the next few months. It seems our limiting factor at present is the amount of time our members can spare to work at the railway, finances being very healthy as a result of increased patronage through better promotion of our activities. We have engaged outside contractors to do some recent work and have other jobs coming up that will benefit from our ability to finance this type of work.