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Last updated 05:00 31/10/2012
POWERING AHEAD: Gabriel steams over Bridge 5 at Taumarere – restoration on the railway continues.

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If past experiences are anything to go by, then this year's gala dinner and auction for the Bay of Islands Vintage Railway promises to be a real cracker.

The event is to be held at a different venue - the Paihia Swordfish Club.

But the popular previous components of a great meal, hilarious auctioneering by the irrepressible Frank Leadley, and a wide range of affordable items to be auctioned will all combine to ensure a memorable evening. And this year's event is particularly important because the railway is on the verge of significant new developments.

"We have come a long way in restoring the railway but in some ways the most exciting part is yet to come," chairman Johnson Davis says.

"We are now looking very seriously at finishing the push through to Opua and completing our inclusion in the Coast to Coast Cycleway in the process," he says.

"We are making some very significant decisions which will have a far-reaching impact on the economic development of the whole of the mid-north."

The dinner and auction is being held on November 16, starting at 7pm, and tickets at $50 are available at Trainspotter Cafe in Kawakawa, Kerikeri Paper Plus, Russell Bookshop, Paihia Pharmacy or from the trustees.

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