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Return of steam to the Main Trunk Line

17 August 2005

Return of steam to the Main Trunk Line

Tranz Scenic is expecting a lot of interest in a new special service they are soon to offer on the main trunk line.

The Overlander service, which runs daily between Wellington and Auckland through the heart of the North Island, will be pulled by a steam locomotive for part of the journey over the next three months.

The steam locomotive will pull the Overlander between Feilding and Ohakune and return every Saturday, which means day trips out of Wellington and Palmerston North are also possible for the whole family to enjoy a truly unique experience.

Ross Hayward, Group General Manager Rail Passenger, says "Tranz Scenic is continuing to focus on providing a true tourism experience through its services and this is another example of that approach."

"Steam has always had a special place in the heart of many New Zealanders but we expect there will be good interest from tourists. Tranz Scenic is proud to be part of what many will see as a truly unique event."

"As we have a limited number of seats available each Saturday, it's important for people to book early for the trip"

The first trip will take place on Saturday 27 August, and the last on 15 October 2005.


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