Steam Hauled Tangiwai Memorial

 

“THE CHARLES PARKER & LANCE REDMAN MEMORIAL EXCURSION”

A tribute to the enginemen lost at tangiwai – 24/12/1953

Steam Hauled Excursion Train - Palmerston North to Tangiwai and Return

SUNDAY 7th MAY 2017

Steam Hauled Excursion Train – Glenbrook & Pukekohe to Tangiwai and Return

SATURDAY 6th & SUNDAY 7th MAY 2017

 

Over the many years since the tragedy of Tangiwai, remembrance, commemoration and pilgrimage have all been enacted over time to honour and pay tribute to those who perished on that fateful night. However an increasing awareness has arisen that little has been done to recognise the heroism and actions of the Locomotive crew that helped in preventing even more perishing, even though they themselves did. Coupled with a strong local desire to ensure that the existing memorial and surrounds was upgraded and maintained with dignity and honour, it became apparent that a separate permanent memorial honouring the Locomotive Crew should also feature in any future upgrade.

Hence after much hard work and many approaches to and support from a wide cross section of the community, a fitting permanent memorial to the crew was agreed and has been commissioned to be installed at the Tangiwai Memorial Park.

This Memorial will be unveiled and the crew honoured in a fitting ceremony to be held on Sunday 7th May 2017 between 12 noon and 2.00 pm. In support of this memorial unveiling, many groups have worked and co-operated closely to bring this event to fruition and ensure the appropriate level of recognition and remembrance to the crew which is richly deserved.

To support the event Kiwirail and the RMTU union have agreed to have two steam hauled trains operate from Palmerston North and Glenbrook to travel to the memorial unveiling and return. With much assistance from Kiwirail and the RMTU in providing crew, carriages, waiving charges and offering additional support in a number of ways the Glenbrook Vintage Railway/RES and Mainline Steam have agreed to run and operate the two memorial trains as a mark of respect to the Driver and Fireman of the fated train with fares being considerably reduced from normal commercially run excursions.

As a result members of the Public, Rail Enthusiasts and other interested parties will have the rare opportunity to travel behind mainline steam on the Main Trunk in a fitting tribute and attend a special Memorial unveiling that will honour the railwaymen in fitting style.

The two trains will meet at Tangiwai on the Sunday prior to the ceremony and then depart and return to their respective destinations at the conclusion of events. The Ceremony itself is being managed and fully supported by the New Zealand Army and will feature a range of tributes and the official unveiling of the monument with descendants of the enginemen’s families in attendance. This event and the opportunity to travel by Steam hauled trains to it, is a once in a lifetime opportunity which will not be repeated.

We respectfully urge that anyone with an interest in New Zealand rail history consider booking on this excursion as a final act in a fitting tribute to the railwaymen involved. This will bring to closure an event that impacted on the whole Nation.

Trip 1703 - Train A
Palmerston North to Tangiwai & Return

This train will consist of steam locomotive Jb 1236 Steam, locomotive support wagons and the Capital Connection set of carriages. It will run from Palmerston North to Tangiwai and return.

Timings are still to be officially confirmed but are tentatively scheduled as follows:

Palmerston North  Depart    7.00 am  Sunday 7th May
Feilding Depart 7.22 am
Taihape            Depart 10.10 am
Tangiwai         Arrive   11.15 am
Tangiwai    Depart    2.00 pm
Taihape Arrive 3.10 pm
Feilding Arrive 5.50 pm
Palmerston North    Arrive   6.15 pm
Trip 1704 - Train B
Glenbrook to Tangiwai & Return 


This train will consist of steam locomotive Ja 1275, locomotive support wagons and 5 of GVR’s yellow mainline carriages. It will run from Glenbrook to Ohakune on Sat 6th May and run Ohakune – Tangiwai and return to Glenbrook on Sunday 7th May.

Timings are still to be officially confirmed but are tentatively scheduled as follows:

Glenbrook    Depart 8.00 am, Saturday 6th May
Pukekohe       Depart 8.33 am
Hamilton        Depart 10.30 am
Te Awamutu     Depart 10.53 am
Ohakune    Arrive 5.15 pm
Ohakune Depart 11.00 am, Sunday 7th
Tangiwai Depart 2.30 pm
Ohakune Depart 2.50 pm
Te Awamutu Arrive 7.50 pm
Hamilton Arrive 8.20 pm
Pukekohe Arrive 9.25 pm
Glenbrook Arrive 10.05 pm, Sunday 7th

Ceremony Sunday 7th 12 noon to 2.00 pm   Full details of the ceremony will be advised when tickets are sent out.
On arrival at Tangiwai, passengers will transfer from the train to the memorial site, a walk of approximately 800m. The NZ Army will arrange assistance for those who require it.


TICKETS and TRIP DETAILS will be forwarded to passengers approximately 10 days prior to the train running. These will contain information on train times, seating, event schedule, catering and refreshments available and appropriate clothing. Please note the train is Non Smoking.

GENERAL: This excursion has been supported by the parties listed below and as such represents a unique and never to be repeated opportunity to pay tribute to the Railwaymen involved in the tragedy. Steam hauled excursions are now a rarity and this excursion represents an excellent opportunity to enjoy and savour travel on the Main Trunk once again.

ORGANISATIONAL: The Charles Parker & Lance Redman Memorial Event and Excursion trains are supported by: Main Trunk Rail Ohakune, Kiwirail, RMTU (Rail & Maritime Trade Union), New Zealand Army, Ruapehu Lions, WPI International (Karioi), Ohakune Accommodation providers, Mainline Steam, Railway Enthusiasts Society Inc, Glenbrook Vintage Railway and many other local companies and individuals.

Excursion Organisers:  Alan Verry   RES/GVR         Michael Tollich   Mainline Steam

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THE DETAILS: TRAIN A – PALMERSTON NORTH TO TANGIWAI & RETURN; SUNDAY 7TH MAY 2017

This train will consist of steam locomotive Jb 1236 Steam, locomotive support wagons and the Capital Connection set of carriages. It will run from Palmerston North to Tangiwai and return stopping at Feilding and Taihape en route.

Timings are still to be officially confirmed but are tentatively scheduled as follows:

Palmerston North        Depart   7.00 am,            Palmerston North    Arrive    6.15 pm

Feilding             Depart   7.22 am,            Feilding        Arrive    5.50 pm

Taihape          Depart 10.10 am,            Taihape        Arrive    3.10 pm

Tangiwai         Arrive   11.15 am.            Tangiwai    Depart   2.00 pm

Ceremony        12 noon to 2.00 pm   Full details of the ceremony will be advised when tickets are sent out.

On arrival at Tangiwai, passengers will transfer from the train to the memorial site, a walk of approximately 800m. The NZ Army will arrange assistance for those who require it.

BOOKINGS:  A fare of $75.00 return per seat has been able to be set thanks to strong support from Kiwirail and the RMTU.

  • Seats are limited to 250 and Passengers wishing to travel should book promptly. All bookings will be handled on a first received basis. All bookings are being handled through the offices of The Railway Enthusiasts Society Inc, 38 Alfred St, Onehunga, Auckland. P.O. Box 13684, Onehunga, Auckland 1643. Bookings can be made on this form and posted or e-mailed to the address. Otherwise on line bookings can be made at www.gvr.co.nz. Phone bookings can be made during office hours Mon – Sat 9.00 am to 12 noon. Please refer to terms and conditions of booking on the back of this booking form.


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THE DETAILS: TRAIN B – GLENBROOK, PUKEKOHE TO OHAKUNE & TANGIWAI & RETURN; SAT 6th /SUN 7TH MAY 2017

This train will consist of steam locomotive Ja 1275, locomotive support wagons and 5 of GVR’s yellow mainline carriages. It will run from Glenbrook to Ohakune on Sat 6th May and run Ohakune – Tangiwai and return to Glenbrook on Sunday 7th May. This will mean passengers will be able to travel the Main Trunk in daylight on Saturday enjoying the scenic route including the Raurimu Spiral.

 

Timings are still to be officially confirmed but are tentatively scheduled as follows:

Glenbrook    Depart   8.00 am,    Saturday 6th            Glenbrook    Arrive  10.05 pm   Sunday 7th

Pukekohe    Depart   8.33 am,         “                  Pukekohe    Arrive    9.25 pm        “

Hamilton      Depart 10.30 am,           “                Hamilton        Arrive    8.20 pm        “

Te Awamutu     Depart 10.53 am.           “                Te Awamutu    Arrive    7.50 pm        “

Ohakune    Arrive    5.15 pm.    Saturday 6th            Ohakune    Depart   2.50 pm        “

Ohakune    Depart 11.00 am   Sunday 7th            Tangiwai    Depart   2.30 pm    Sunday 7th

Ceremony Sunday 7th 12 noon to 2.00 pm   Full details of the ceremony will be advised when tickets are sent out.

On arrival at Tangiwai, passengers will transfer from the train to the memorial site, a walk of approximately 800m. The NZ Army will arrange assistance for those who require it.

BOOKINGS:  A train fare of $ 120.00 return per seat has been able to be set thanks to strong support from Kiwirail and the RMTU.

  • Seats are limited to 150 and Passengers wishing to travel should book promptly. All bookings will be handled on a first received basis. All bookings are being handled through the offices of The Railway Enthusiasts Society Inc, 38 Alfred St, Onehunga, Auckland. P.O. Box 13684, Onehunga, Auckland 1643. Bookings can be made on this form and posted or e-mailed to the address. Otherwise on line bookings can be made at www.gvr.co.nz. Phone bookings can be made during office hours Mon – Sat 9.00 am to 12 noon. Please refer to terms and conditions of booking on the back of this booking form.

ACCOMMODATION: Thanks to Ohakune accommodation providers a very attractive standard price has been set for all accommodation establishments. Passengers can choose either Motel style accommodation share double/twin or choose Lodge style accommodation equally as comfortable but with shared facilities. All accommodation will include continental breakfast Sunday morning and shuttle transfers are included for those who are located further from the station or unable to walk. Please ensure you select your type of accommodation carefully and give full details so that allocations can be made correctly.

 


Terms & Conditions
 
 
 
CONTACT US
09 636 9361 (Weekdays - 9am to 12pm)
09 236 3546 (operating days)


Location
153 Glenbrook Station Road
Mauku
Auckland 2681
New Zealand
 
 
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PO Box 13684
Onehunga
Auckland 1643
New Zealand