Last stop for heritage trust - assets being sold

NICCI MCDOUGALL
Last updated 05:00 23/09/2013

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The Ohai Railway Board Heritage Trust is holding a clearing sale because the trust is being dissolved.

Trust secretary and treasurer Gail Emmerson said it was in the process of dissolving because of a lack of interest from the community and financial problems.

KiwiRail has taken the site back and asked all trust property to be removed, she said.

The sale will include old fire extinguishers, old phones, lanterns and kitchen contents.

All profits will be given to the Ohai Railway Fund, a trust that provides grant funding for local community projects, to enable the fund to be kept within the district, Ms Emmerson said.

The trust started to dissolve after people left and no-one else wanted to go on to the committee, she said.

Board trustee Eleanor Paneha said numbers reduced from about 13 or 14 to five.

Of the five, two were past members who had been called back on to the board, she said.

There was no money being generated with no interest from the community.

"We thought it was something worth saving but it just didn't work out."

The Ohai Railway Board Heritage Trust established a railway museum and had planned to restore steam locomotives, including those in the P and V classes.

The sale will be held at the Wairio Railway Station on October 26 at 10.30am.

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