Aotea at­trac­tion off the tracks

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

The Wai­tan­girua Lions’ train at Aotea La­goon is out of com- mis­sion but don’t fear, it will re­turn in time for sum­mer.

The train, which be­gan its tra­di­tional Sun­day rides in 1978, has been well main­tained over the years, says Lions’ train com­mit­tee mem­ber Keith Ni­coll.

But the cogs un­der­neath are show­ing wear and driv­ers have no­ticed wor­ry­ing ‘‘ clunk­ing’’ sounds in re­cent months.

On Au­gust 1, Kenepuru En­gi­neers Ltd took the engine away on a truck for in­spec­tion. It is in­sured for $160,000.

Mr Ni­coll says they hope to have the train ac­tive again by Labour week­end.

‘‘It’s been a while since there was a ma­jor re­fit, it’s over­due, we have funds set aside to do it. That way it can last for an­other 30 years.’’

In the in­terim, Porirua City Coun­cil will un­der­take its

The Wai­tan­girua Lions’ dis­tinc­tive engine is carted away by Kenepuru En­gi­neers for re­pairs. an­nual check of the bridges and tun­nels around the la­goon, along­side the Lions’ own clean­ing up of the area, in time for the busy spring and sum­mer pe­riod. The Aotea La­goon train is Wai­tan­girua Lions’ main source of fundrais­ing. Dur­ing peak times, the car­riages will take about 300 pas­sen­gers ev­ery Sun­day – and about 10,000 in a year – for $2 a ride.

Off to the doc­tor:

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