Free Onehunga Steam Rides
Onehunga’s train station will be officially opened by transport minister Steven Joyce on Saturday morning -and the public will later be able to score free steam train trips, also as part of Onehunga heritage festival activities. – watch out for a town crier and horse and cart as well!
The officials including the minister, and the ARTA and ARC chairpersons arrive on this steam train from Mainline Steam’s Parnell stable.
The old timer is being provided by the Railway Enthusiasts Society based around the corner in Onehunga in the original Onehunga railway station. At one stage it was mooted the old station could be moved to be part of the new station.
The officials arrived around 10.30 for the ceremony and then between 11.30am and 1pm the public can scramble for free rides to Penrose and back on the steam train.
At 1.30pm the train departs to take the officials back towards the city.
Commuter services themselves start on Sunday morning – timetables and the stages in this earlier post here
After 37 years, the Onehunga line is back as part of Auckland’s train network at a cost of $3.8m with stops at Te Papapa (entrance Cpt Springs Rd or Mays Rd) and Penrose. The line is an historic one being the first to run in Auckland in 1873, taking passengers between Waitemata and Manukau harbours.
Today the Onehunga platform in Onehunga Mall looks like this:
Back in January the site looked like this -an old ITM site: