Nightcaps is the last remnant of the once vast collection of branchlines that wandered all over ancient Southland. Its sole reason for still existing is the vast reserves of coal that hide under all that green grass and black cows. Today we find DFT 7199 with more than 10 UK's parked at the loading bank, (which I think is way back round the corner,I didn't go looking for it). I couldn't see any sign of a run around loop, so the train must have been backed up from somewhere.
Then its on to Wairio, home of the Ohai railway board. I had forgotten its also home to a (by the looks of it) failed preservation group. The yard track has pretty much gone. There's a handful of wagons (a Zp, Lc top, La and 3 ballast wagons plus an Xa top). There were a couple of diesel shunters in a shed that I could sort of see through the windows, but couldn't get any photo's
There were 2 surprises. The first was the remains of a P class 2-8-0 sitting outside one of the sheds.
I was unaware that any other's of this class had been rescued apart from the 2 at Dunedin. The more interesting find was a clerestory 44' Addington car ex the Ohai railway board and still in virtually original condition. A quick inspection (the locals were becoming suspicious and starting to look for the torches and pitchforks) and some pictures revealed that the ends are very similar to the 1898 A carriage that is being restored in Nelson (the doors and end platforms look remarkably similar).
The odd thing is that there appears to be no rails leading to the shed, so for the time ebing its trapped. there are supposed to be 2 coaches but there was no sign of the other one (though I didn't have a good hunt as people were waiting)
That's the current update, hopefully will have another one from Timaru in a couple of days.