Our 90yr old steam engine Gabriel has a worn-out unviable boiler. We need financial help towards the estimated replacement cost of $85,000.
Our unique 90 year old 4-4-0 Peckett side-tank engine is the only one of her type left in the world. It is our iconic star attraction.
It is not only used to haul passenger trains, but also for school trips and educational tours.
It is vital that this engine is restored to full operation as quickly as possible, not only to uphold our vision statement “To restore and operate a vintage steam railway experience between Kawakawa and Opua"; but also because it is a treasured Far North NZ entity.
Funds will be used to pay for the replacement boiler for Gabriel, our steam tank engine.
The Bay of Islands Vintage Railway (BOIVR) is the oldest railway in North Island, New Zealand.
The BOIVR Vision Statement is “To restore and operate a vintage steam railway experience between Kawakawa and Opua.”
BOIVR is unique in many ways.:
It is the only line that runs trains through a main town street in NZ; passing the world-famous Hundertwasser toilets; having left Kawakawa railway station - a classified heritage building; to Taumarere Station where the longest curved wooden railway bridge in the Southern Hemisphere is located.
Long Bridge is currently being re-piled so that our trains can continue to Opua through a manually-hewn tunnel 80 metres long, lined with 1½ million bricks made on site between 1881 - 1884.
We will be building a new station at Opua not only for train operations, but also for folk using the Twin Coast Cycleway which runs alongside our track.
Many of our vintage engines and rolling stock are individually unique; however, Gabriel, our iconic 4-4-0 Peckett steam engine, is the only one of her type left in the world.
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