2016 Convention

Convention dates Thursday 7 Jan to Monday 11 Jan 2016

Day 1

Great start to the convention with  a varied array of running and static machinery turning up. Locos from a 3 1/2" to the gigantic Garrett which is almost longer than the 2 ridecars it is pulling. A great range of traction engines and a steam truck kept the public entralled with them travelling around the park. The display in the hall is impressive. Will take some photos tomorrow. A few photos from today here

Day 2

Weather wise today sucked. Only a couple of engines got any track time. Gave a lot of visitors a good chance to have a natter and get to know each other. One visitor from the UK finished a Guage 1 loco just before getting on the plane. Turned up he to see Geoff Hallam with his layout in the hall. First time it was started was running on the track. Went like a charm. Unfortunately I didn't get any photos as I was hunkered down in the registraion caravan from the rain. Will try tomorrow to get some shots. Photos from today here

Day 3

Absolute stunner of a day. Today was the first traction engine run from the park to downtown for a lunch break. Three engines owned by Shane Marshall, Andrew Richards and Alan Smail had a great time. We are usings a NZR 5 chime whistle for annoucements. It is only running at 120 psi and empties the tank in 2 secs but it bringing out the neighbours to find out how we are making a full size whistle sound. They can't believe something so small can make so much noise. We also held the Les Moore challenge for a steam fire engine to fire from cold, run 20m and extinguish 5 fires (candles). This was won by Palmerston North club. Promise some train photos tomorrow. They had a ball today. Photos here

Day 4

Convention dinner was held last night. Prizes were handed out to celebrate model engineering. After dinner was a fascinating gentleman who is a retired Royal Navy submariner. He answered questions on life in the submarine service from torpedo fuel, the noise of whales singing and how you get rid of poo during a 6 month deployment. Today was another Bay stunner. 12 place locos on the track at a time gave the public a great view from the viaduct while queued up to descend the incline. Another great day in the hall. Vintage machinery club had a great static display of old tractors and a couple of hit and miss stationary engines ticking over. The Vauxhall Club put on a good display of cars. Dave Turner had the public enthralled with his saw mill run off his beautiful 3" Case traction engines. Les Mouat from AME organized a photo shoot for the traction engines over by the harbour edge. A couple of engines weren't under steam, so had to suffer the indignity of being towed over. Dave Proctor from AME earned a Crunchie for his demolition of a fence driving a Showman over to the photo shoot. Sparks in the dark tonight for the night run. Off down the shortly to watch the fun. More tomorrow. A lot of photos by club member Cos Ray have been added to the previous days photo albums.

Just posted photos of the sparks. Check out Colin Batts loco. Hate to see the passengers clothes tomorrowTodays photos here

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