Rail­way so­ci­ety opens its doors

Marlborough Express - The Saturday Express, Marlborough - - FRONT PAGE - ASH­LEIGH MONK

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.

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