The Power and the Majesty - KA942
KA942 entered service in November 1940 and was initially based at Taihape to work the central North Island Main Trunk. In 1958 the locomotive was transferred north to Frankton where it was based until officially withdrawn from service in August 1967.
KA942 was set aside as a standby boiler at the Hutt Railway Workshops but was never used for this purpose.
Sold to Mr Ian Welch in 1972, KA942 was stored at Paekakariki, before being towed to Auckland early in 1989 for a complete overhaul and restoration to main-line running.
KA942 emerged from the Glenbrook Vintage Railway's Pukeowhare workshop, under its own power, on Friday 15 June 1990 to begin a new life in its original streamline form.
We follow KA942's second mainline excursion, on Saturday 13 October 1990, from Auckland to Taumaranui and return.
PAL format only.