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  • Gabriel's boiler progress     24 June 2019
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    Thank you so much to our many supporters who have raised the grand total of $6,234.00 to buy Gabriel's new boiler.

    As seen in the last message, the firm that her boiler was with went into liquidation; however, a new boiler-maker has been found, and the boiler was moved.

    Even though it is unable to be used again, it is necessary to have the boiler to re-create a new one.

    Gabriel's wheelbase is at her home base in Kawakawa.

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  • Latest progress on Gabriel     4 May 2019
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    We are very grateful to all our supporters. $6,134.00 has been donated via "givealittle" for Gabriel's boiler, and other donations have been kindly given directly into the Bay of Islands Vintage Railway (BOIVR) Special Project account.

    News came that the firm which investigated the boiler problems has gone into liquidation; however, the boiler is now housed safely away from their premises, pending progress.

    Watch this space for the latest news on progress.

    Thank you all for your supportive comments, help and donations.

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  • Update on Gabriel     16 May 2018
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    After further investigation, we were given the bad news - Gabriel's boiler is not able to be resurrected.

    We must get a new one ... $300,000.

    This iconic engine needs to get back on her tracks to help bring business to our locality.

    Please help us achieve this asap

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  • 2018 - Gabriel's boiler dismantled     7 January 2018
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    Gabriel's boiler has been removed from her chassis, and, once the backplate has been removed investigations can get underway to provide full condition (and cost) reports. Watch this space for the latest information.

    Thank you to all our supporters for passing on our news and for your donations.

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  • Gabriel's boiler - update     20 September 2017
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    Thank you so much to all our supporters. You have kindly donated $4,871.00 to help us buy a new boiler for Gabriel.

    This side-tank engine is the only one of its type left in the world.

    Please let all your contacts know that she has run out of puff, and we need help. Thank you.

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  • Such wonderful support for Gabriel     3 August 2017
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    Our kind supporters have now raised $4,665.00 - thank you indeed.

    Gabriel has friends all over the world - USA, Australia, UK, Canada, Germany, to name but a few. So please let your contacts know that we are able to receive donations from all of the world-wide steam-loving community.

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  • What a great start ...     19 July 2017
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    BOIVR supporters and friends have raised $2,364.00 almost overnight. If everyone we know donates only a couple of $ we'll be able to buy Gabriel a new boiler and get her back on her tracks.

    Please tell at least 2 people you know about the problem, and spread the news.

    Thanking you

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