Kawakawa rail­way con­cert big suc­cess

The Bay Chronicle - - OUT & ABOUT - STAFF RE­PORTER

This year’s Con­cert At The Sta­tion was well re­ceived by a large crowd who had a fan­tas­tic time at the Vintage Rail­way sta­tion in Kawakawa.

The con­cert, held in the big car­riage shed on Fe­bru­ary 26, in­cluded Bella a Capella who demon­strated why they are twotimes na­tional cham­pi­ons in women’s bar­ber­shop, and Ellen Cal­lis­ter who proved why she holds a Bach­e­lor of Mu­sic in Clas­si­cal Voice.

Twenty-eight-year-old Shavonne ramped up the pace with her tra­di­tional coun­try mu­sic and Tambo band’s fu­sion of latin, jazz and blues was highly en­ter­tain­ing, con­cert chair­man Frank Leadley says.

Kerik­eri High School Year 13 stu­dent Zoe King also de­lighted the crowd.

‘‘We were de­lighted with the pro­gramme, the crowd and Mayor John Carter as our ex­u­ber­ant MC, and the am­bi­ence in the car­riage shed, plus the huge down­pour just as the con­cert was fin­ish­ing, pro­vided a fit­ting ex­am­ple of why we will hold the con­cert in the shed each year rather than out­side.’’

The rail­way is work­ing on build­ing a sec­ond steam en­gine.

‘‘Gabriel is get­ting past her prime and a great deal of work is cur­rently be­ing car­ried out to re­store her to her for­mer glory and ef­fec­tive­ness,’’ Leadley says.

Build­ing a sec­ond steam en­gine at the same time re­quired build­ing an ex­ten­sion to the en­gine shed and con­struct­ing a large new pit so that both steam en­gines can be worked on at once.

Re­tired builder Henry Nis­sen and re­tired en­gi­neer Frits Schouten have been work­ing on the project.

Any­one else in­ter­ested in vol­un­teer­ing can con­tact Mike 021 1711 2697.

The Vintage Rail­way Con­cert was en­joyed by 180 peo­ple this year.

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