Enthusiast's steam dream comes true

Summer treat for rail enthusiasts

JENNA LYNCH
Last updated 05:00 05/12/2012
New Cambridge mini steam track
BRUCE MERCER/Fairfax NZ

FOR THE LOVE OF STEAM: Tauranga man Owen Bennett takes his train for a spin on the new Cambridge mini steam track.

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A childhood dream has become a reality for steam train lovers with the opening of a mini steam track in Leamington and it's set to provide a treat for rail enthusiasts throughout the summer.

The 760m track around Leamington Domain took 18 months to build and was officially opened at the weekend.

President of the Cambridge-Rotorua Live Steamers Graham Nelson said he had had a love for trains since he was a boy.

"I've had trains since I was about five, from the wind-up ones to the electric ones to live steam," he said.

Train enthusiasts travelled from the Kapiti Coast, Whangarei and everywhere in between with their mini steam trains in tow to get a first ride on the tracks.

Mr Nelson said the project cost somewhere between $45,000 and $55,000, but was well worth it to the community.

"It's a great thing for the community," he said.

"The kiddies can appreciate the steam trains of yesteryear."

The track will be operating every Sunday from 10am throughout summer. See crls.org.nz for details.

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