Steaming up to give good showing
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.