Rail News

14th May 2017

A trackset is back in place for budgie paddock siding, few more crossing boards cut to length and ends shaped for budgie paddock, 2nd new wheelset together for railmotor. Little Toot had a fair bit done on her last year, water tanks re-painted internally, slide valves re ground and pony truck wheelset turned.

Siding Crossing boards New wheels for RM1

Water Tanks Port face being ground Pony truck wheel-set ready to go back in.


16th September 2015

No1 Bridge is back together and the Train is running again. Jakmats are in and filled for the slope down into bush walk and carriages have been serviced.

No 1 Bridge Train passing workshop

Newly installed Jakmats Bracing on No 3 Bridge Wheelchair Carriage being worked on



16th August 2015

New beams are in place for No. 1 Bridge and extra bracing has been added to No. 3 Bridge. Have started installing some Jakmats for slope into bushwalk. A few peddle cars have been getting a repaint. Railmotor in workshop to trial the new wheelset on front pivoting subframe with duplex chain, before starting on 2nd new wheelset.  

5th July 2015

Little Toot has pasted its annual boiler survey. NZTA have done the site visit and inspection of documents for the safety assessment this year. Timber has arrived for bridge repairs / upgrading as identified in track inspection. Work has started on removing the 2 older beams from the No 1 Bridge. Usually see a few monarch butterflies around the place but if you look up in the trees there are actually hundreds of them.


16th May 2015

The new wheels have arrived, and have put together a spare wheelset for the Railmotor. On the last steaming day, the railway was put to the test with a group of a 100 booked turning into 300, plus others ended up over 500 passengers (Inc. babies) for the day. Our Biggest day ever and only had 2 carriages available. On ANZAC weekend Peter had his model Baldwin Loco on display for a while. The original was used in the 1st World War. 


1st April 2015

The Railmotor tyres have been reprofiled satisfactorly, a set of new wheels are nearly here and a spare axle has been machined up in Denham lathe. Finding the roller chain is a bit light so have ordered a duplex sprocket for the spare axle. 



26th Feb 2015

Peter's Baldwin Loco is going back together for hopefully the last time, had to come apart a few times to increase clearances in side rods etc. so could negotiate curves at Winter Creek. Donkeys seem to be happy with their rebuilt shed. Still sorting bits from around the big lathe de-rusting tools etc., finding new homes for ½ complete projects and stock material.

Baldwin Loco


4th Feb 2015

Had a clean up in workshop around big lathe getting ready to turn Railmotor wheels. Not sure how much meat is left in current tyres, so want to have some spares on hand before starting. Have ordered a set of wheels for Railmotor & carriage A81, on pricing found a complete wheel was actually cheaper than a tyre. The rain has come and the cicadas are up and roaring. The roof is on the donkey shed and the wall cladding is nearly all on. 



11th Jan 2015

Station Building is open again, Wheelchair Carriage B48 has just clocked up its first 10,000km and had the wheels swapped round to even up the wear.



5th Jan 2015

Had a wheel problem with Railmotor just before Christmas and missed running train for a couple of bad weather days and ran the Steam loco for an extra day as had a group booking and was fine. Have updated our Brochure with new pictures, was in process of delivering these when got call re railmotor problem, hope to get some more of these out this week. Had a bit of a clear out in station building and should be able to have this left open again when operating giving a space for prams out of the weather and clear of track and yellow line. Steve has started putting Donkey shed back together in the new paddock.


Dec 2014

Man in Red has visited a several times in last couple of weeks.


Update on Peter's Baldwin Loco for Winter Creek Railway, currently all apart for painting.

Baldwin Boiler.


Steve has rebuilt the play plane and Anita has repainted it, ready for more flying adventures.

Play Plane


New crossing boards in at Paradise Station.


The Railmotor is back in action with the new twin cylinder Vanguard engine, was a bit of a mission to get to fit in but is dramatically quieter so well worth the effort.





Might help if I remember to push the save button after updating this page. Well try again, have been busy this winter upgrading the Railmotor with a twin cylinder engine which should run a bit quieter, the playground play plane has been sent away for a rebuild, we had some timber especialy cut to match height of rail to improve our crossings and we have a new webpage layout.



Timber for crossing boards.