Steam­ing up to give good show­ing

Central Leader - - NEWS -

There’ll be a lot of hot air about when 15 Phantoms de­scend on Man­gere this hol­i­day week­end.

Minia­ture lo­co­mo­tives based on the pop­u­lar Phan­tom de­sign are hav­ing a ‘‘steam up’’ at the Manukau Live Steam­ers rail­way track on Satur­day and Sun­day.

Loco de­signer and Live Steam­ers pres­i­dent Dave Giles built the first Phan­tom in 1991.

Giles loved the Amer­i­can Wild West-style of lo­co­mo­tive so he scaled down the draw­ings of a full-sized one to one-sixth size.

The ba­sic de­sign com­prised the chas­sis, wheels, cylin­ders and steam boiler, Gothic cab, head­light and ten­der.

Once the Phan­tom was ‘‘in steam’’ and run­ning, en­thu­si­asts around New Zealand re­alised it was a good all-round en­gine, sim­ple to build and worked well.

Phantoms have now been built in Aus­tralia and Canada.

Some builders at­tend­ing the spe­cial Phan­tom days this week­end have used its ba­sic me­chan­i­cal gear and de­signed their own body work.

Giles says he’s ex­pect­ing at least 15 of the lo­cos to be op­er­at­ing or on dis­play at the rail­way track.

Trains will be op­er­at­ing from 11am till 4pm on both Satur­day and Sun­day.

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