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Mid Winter Steam Spectacular in the Southern Alps

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Very popular annual steam excursion along the "Coal Train Route" from Christchurch across the Canterbury Plains through the Southern Alps to Greymouth in Westland.



No excursions this year due to the lack of available coaches, future of the route potentially in question due to the collapse in coking coal and gold bullion prices on the world market.

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A good video thanks for posting, some seriously spindly bridges! And some very serious oil consumption, hope there were lots of paying punters!


Steam tours tend to sell out quite fast, fares are expensive by UK/Irish standards.


http://www.steaminc.org.nz/_brochures/South_Is_Booking_Form_2015_v6.pdf. Rolling stock and crew shortages, restrictions on trains carrying passengers through the longer tunnels are making it more difficult to run steam on the main line.

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