Aotea attraction off the tracks
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: