Railway society opens its doors
Train enthusiasts will have the chance to see the inner workings of a locomotive workshop when the Blenheim Riverside Railway Society opens its doors to the public for the first time.
Society president John Orchard says the open day on Sunday is a great opportunity for families to come along and see what the society is about.
‘‘This is the first time the workshop will be open to the public in all of the almost 30 years it has been running.
‘‘We wanted to do something quite different, it’s a chance for people to see something they would never usually see.’’
Volunteers and engineers in the workshop have been hard at work preparing for the day.
Society member John Stichbury says they are busy restoring a steam locomotive and have built a temporary wooden driver cabin so members of the public can climb aboard.
‘‘The younger generation are in the mindset that if something is broken, you throw it away.
‘‘But there’s something amazing about fixing up something old and bringing it back to life, that’s what we need to teach them,’’ he says.
The open day starts at 1.30pm and entry is $5.
Blenheim Riverside Railway Society members Arthur Beaman, left, and John Stichbury work on a steam locomotive called Donald at the society’s workshops.