Trouble on the Track
A story about New Zealand trains for New Zealand children.
Trouble on the Track is Jane Buxton’s story featuring steam locomotive A428. Each page is illustrated with colour painting drawn by artist Lynnley Driver.
“The bull stood ready to attack.
He lowered his horns and bellowed.
Poor Locomotive 428!
She’s been wrecked by an angry bull
and she’s in a sorry state.”
Steam locomotive A428 was built at Thames in 1909. In her early years she pulled crack express trains such as the Rotorua Express but as larger locomotives were built was relegated to secondary duties. Jane’s story starts with A428 in the last years of her hundred year old career pulling coal and timber trains in Westland, New Zealand. With the increasing dieselisation of the railways and showing the effects of old age 428 was shunted into “rotten row” at Greymouth and left to rust.
Locomotive 428 was then rescued and towed across the Southern Alps to a workshop on the Weka Pass Railway. Over several years volunteers pulled her to bits and then restored her working order. The locomotive now pulls passenger trains on the Weka Pass Railway.