Ron O'Connell driving the salvage truck coming into Pleasant Point while Stewart Frew follows along behind.

by Claire Allison

Tractors have been called in to help move a piece of New Zealand railway history.

A 1925 railcar in storage on a Totara Valley farm for years had to be moved to the Pleasant Point Museum and Railway’s property last month.

local farmers Frank Stewart (left) and James McKeown carefully lift the carriage, while David Maciulaitis (left) and Stewart Frew watch on.

Local farmers helped out with with tractors and Ron O’Connell offered the use of his salvage truck to move the carriage to its new home.

Spokesman Bryan Blanchard said the carriage had been used as a sleepout on an Invercargill property and was given to the society about 20 years ago.

The society had no immediate plans for the carriage, so it was covered with polythene and stored in a shed to protect it from the elements.

Ron O’Connell checks the load before heading down the road.
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