the 125th anniversary of NZR steam special from Christchurch to Arthurs Pass and back
This took place in October 1988. This train also went from Christchurch to Timaru, but it is seen here crossing the Waimakariri River bridge on the Midland Line. It was headed by 'Mountains' J 1211 (leading) and Ja 1250. Only the first 3 passenger cars were painted in the traditional red, so most photographers captured them only. For lots more see our books, particularly On the TransAlpine Trail.