The Kingston Flyer

Originally the Kingston Flyer ran between Kingston and Invercargill or Dunedin in the south. Sadly, in 1937 the passenger services on the line closed. In 1971 the Railways Department started operating the trains as a heritage service. Today the Kingston Flyer doesn’t go very far but is spectacular to see. I came across it quite by chance, nearly getting the hire car shunted off the tracks as I drove quickly across the level crossing. Many of the more rural crossings in New Zealand have no lights or barrier. Simply a sign saying give way to trains and look both ways before crossing!

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