Newspaper Article 2004 – Huffing and puffing around the park

Huffing and puffing around the park

Five-year-old Ella Single, foreground, and her sister Imogen, eight, take a slow trip on a 1907 Burrell traction engine during a Hawke’s Bay Engineering Society steam rally yesterday.

The girls, from Napier, were among 750 people who boarded one of eight traction engines and 11 steam locomotives during the weekend-long event at Anderson Park, Napier.

Society members who had either built or bought their own steam locomotives and traction engines offered rides for $1.

The locomotives, of either 3.5-inch gauge or 5-inch gauge, plied the society’s permanent track, which is in the process of being extended.

Society president Graham Leabourn said while 750 paid for rides, about 2000 people attended the event. The society usually organises two steam-ups a year, but it is the first time members have met in mid-winter.

“We will be doing it again,” Mr Leabourn said.

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Anderson Park, Greenmeadows

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19 July 2004


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  • Graham Leabourn
  • Ella Single
  • Imogen Single

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