Steam locomotive KA942 is towed over the Taylor River Bridge in Blenheim on its way to Christchurch yesterday.
Mainline Steam Trust operations manager Michael Tolich said the locomotive owned by the trust will spend the next three months running trips from Christchurch to Arthurs Pass and Greymouth before being part of a steam train tour of the country, taking passengers from Christchurch to Invercargill.
It was the second trip to the South Island for the locomotive, which was originally in service from 1940 to 1967.
While it was cheaper to have it towed by KiwiRail this time it could be back under its own steam at the end of October, Mr Tolich said.
No decision has been finalised but the trust was considering having the train bring passengers from Christchurch to Picton before it returns to the North Island
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