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Home and Building, Volume 37 Number 6 (1975)

4: "Kingston Flyer" Tourist Steam Train

4: "Kingston Flyer" Tourist Steam Train

The tourist steam train is a reconstruction of the style of steam railways of the 1920s. Two Ab class coal-fired locomotives and six old passengers cars were overhauled, refurbished and fitted out in the style of the period. "The Kingston Flyer", says the citation, "is a particularly fine example of painstacking and detailed restoration … the atmosphere of the period is effectively recaptured in this deservedly popular tourist attraction". The train runs on the 60 km branch line between Lumsden in Southland and Kingston on Lake Wakatipu, linking with scheduled road services.