English Electric Showcase

–  The Largest Live Display of English Electric Diesel Traction in New Zealand Railway Preservation History  –

Saturday 6th October

Join in with the action this October on the Weka Pass Railway. 5 English Electric Diesel Locomotives all in one place – all on show for one afternoon only! 6th October, mark the date on your calendar. Commemorating 40 years since the closure of the Waiau Branch in 1978…

The first passenger train – departing Glenmark Station at 1:30pm – is expected to be doubleheaded by Diesel Traction Group’s Di 1102 and Dg 772. There will be two photographic run pasts en route to Waikari, where the train can be captured in action for posterity. After a short stopover at Waikari, the duo will haul the return train back through the scenic Weka Pass.

Passengers on the second passenger train of the day – departing Glenmark Station at 4:30pm – will endure fine evening views along the line. Quadheaded with 4 locomotives on the drawbar (an insane 3,500 horsepower lashup), this trip will be one to be remembered. Two run pasts in the late afternoon light are planned, as well as a ‘false departure’ photo shoot at Glenmark Station. A recreation of this train is unlikely to occur again in the foreseeable future, with 1102 and 772 heading back onto the mainline after the event.

The evening train will have an extended stopover at Waikari village. The Star and Garter Hotel, Pam’s Cafe and the Waikari Tearooms will be opening their doors for you to experience some quality Hurunui hospitality. These outlets are all an easy 5 minutes walk from Waikari station.

Prior to the departure of the first train, there will be plenty of opportunities for photography around Glenmark featuring all locomotives, period road vehicles and a demonstration goods train (more details will be released closer to the time)

Train 1 Timetable – Doubleheaded Scenic Special


Early afternoon scenic excursion with 2 photo runbys in ‘the Pass’

 Depart Glenmark: 1:30pm
Arrive Waikari: 3:00pm
Depart Waikari: 3:20pm
Arrive Glenmark: 3:50pm

Train 2 Timetable – Quad Headed Evening Train


Evening train with 2 photo runbys in ‘the Pass’, and a false start photoshoot at Glenmark Station.
Dinner stop at Waikari

 Depart Glenmark: 4:30pm
Arrive Waikari: 6:10pm
Depart Waikari: 7:40pm
Arrive Glenmark: 8:15pm

*The Weka Pass Railway reserves the right to revoke or alter photo stops, or alter motive power due to safety or operational reasons.

As this is a special event, no concessions, discounts, membership cards , no free preschoolers, vouchers or Goldcards will be accepted.

Pre-booking is strongly recommended. Seats are limited on these two services.

You will be sent an eTicket when your booking is paid. Although it is not vital, please bring along your eTicket to speed up the check in process at Glenmark Station on the day.

Your booking is not confirmed until paid and if remains unpaid may be cancelled.

Terms and Conditions:
* Booking not confirmed until paid in full
* Unpaid bookings will be cancelled
* Pick up your ticket at Glenmark Station Ticket office on the day
* Cancelled bookings after Thursday 4 October will only be 80% refunded
* In unforeseen circumstances WPR reserves the right to cancel the train or change details.
* If cancelled by the WPR your tickets will be fully refunded
* By booking you agree to these Terms and Conditions

Locomotive Lineup: 

DE 1429 (De 512) – Diesel Traction Group. Built in November 1952 by the English Electric Locomotive Works of Lancashire, England as De 512. Introduced in the iconic ‘red with whiskers’ livery, it took on a new look in the late 1970’s in the ‘Fruit Salad’ livery with TMS numbering, the identity the engine still carries today. DE 1429 is owned by the Christchurch-based Diesel Traction Group and is on a long term lease to the Weka Pass Railway. For this event 1429 is expected to take part in photoshoots and local (Glenmark) shunting services only (no passenger trains).

Dg 770 – Weka Pass Railway. Built in June 1956 by the English Electric Locomotive Works of Lancashire, England. 770 worked predominantly on South Island mainlines throughout it’s working life and was a common sight on The Cabbage Train, the overnight Christchurch – Picton express mixed train which carried fresh South Island produce to the ferry for early-morning Wellington trade. 770 was infamously involved in a major tunnel incident in the Dashwood Pass on the 19th of May 1966.

Dg 772 – Diesel Traction Group. Built in August 1956 by the English Electric Locomotive Works of Lancashire, England. Introduced as a Dh class locomotive, 772 was converted to a Dg to solve some of the teething troubles with the 11 total class. It’s retirement under the custodianship of the Diesel Traction Group has meant that the engine has been involved in several excursions over the years to destinations such as Middlemarch, Kaikoura and Arthurs Pass.

Dg 791 – Weka Pass Railway. Built in December 1956 by the English Electric Locomotive Works of Lancashire, England. 791 was the last Dg locomotive built for the New Zealand Railways and also worked predominantly on South Island mainlines throughout it’s working life. It was put to work again once the Weka Pass Railway began operating trains in 1984. It’s hoped 791 will sport a fresh livery for this event.

Di 1102 – Diesel Traction Group. Built in June 1966 by the English Electric Rocklea Works, Australia. 1102 originally operated in the South Island, mainly on the Main North Line between Christchurch and Picton, before being transferred north in May 1969. Di/Dg pairings were common along North Canterbury Lines, including the Waiau Branch (modern-day Weka Pass Railway)