Ohai Railway Board Heritage Trust

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The Ohai Railway Board Heritage Trust is a defunct railway preservation society that was formed to preserve Southland's rail history. The trust was formerly based at Wairio on the Wairio Branch in the former Ohai Railway Board workshops, and owned a number of locomotives and items of rolling stock, including the remains of two P class 2-8-0 tender locomotives.

Trust Lapses[edit]

In 2006 the ORBHT's lease on the former ORB workshops and yard at Wairio was allowed to lapse after the trust decided no to pursue the idea of running heritage services from Bluff to Ohai. The trust's locomotives and rolling stock remained on the site; as of January 2015, most of the trust's stock remained at Wairio with the exception of diesel shunting locomotive DS 201 and the remains of steam locomotive P 60, which had moved to Dunedin and Lumsden respectively.

Banned[edit]

In December 2011, members of the ORBHT were banned from entering the Wairio yard and workshop buildings after being served a trespass notice by KiwiRail. The notice was served on the grounds that the trust's members had not sought permission from KiwiRail to access the site; one of the trust members responded by saying the trust had become concerned with the neglected state of the site and the potential fire risk, and had stepped in to clean the site up.[1]

Locomotives and Rolling Stock[edit]

In 2002, the ORBHT purchased two diesel shunting locomotives, DS 201 from Alliance Meats at Lorneville and the former Ohai Railway Board Mitsubishi shunter NO 1 which was then stored at Wairio. In 2003 they also recovered the chassis of P 60 and the engine unit of P 133 on 4 April 2003. In 2014 P 133 was unknownly purchased and was transported to Mosgiel. It will be later transported to Middlemarch for static display for funding so it can be restored to working condition.[2] Also in 2014 DS 201 was purchased by a private owner and transported to Dunedin.[2][3] The 'DS' is in operational order but requires a repaint. The chassis of P 60 was purchased by the Lumsden Heritage Trust along with three wagons.

In 2016 several pieces of rolling stock were leased to other South Island heritage groups by Southland District Council. (The tables below have not been updated to reflect these leases.)[4]

Other Rolling Stock[edit]

Key: In service, Mainline Certified In service Static display Under overhaul/restoration Stored Scrapped
Type Number Builder Year built Arrived at Wairio Notes
Carriage A 294 NZR Petone Workshops 1892 14 February 2003 Named Nightcaps. Entered service for the New Zealand Railways Department in 1892. Withdrawn in 1952 and purchased by the Ohai Railway Board. It was later leased to the Oamaru Steam and Rail Restoration Society in 1990. It was stored in Oamaru until being transferred back to Wairio on 14 February 2003. Carriage A294 will be leased to the Waimea Plains Railway Trust to be restored to operational status.[4]
Carriage A 525 NZR Addington Workshops 1896 2003 Named Ohai. Entered service for the New Zealand Railways Department in 1896. Withdrawn and sold to the Ohai Railway Board on 16 August 1952. It was later leased to the Oamaru Steam and Rail Restoration Society in 1990. It was stored in Oamaru until being transferred back to Wairio on 14 February 2003. Carriage A525 will be leased to Lumsden Heritage Trust to be situated as part of their static railway display of heritage rail assets at the Lumsden Heritage Precinct.[4]
Van F 11 n/a 1886 9 August 2002 Named Morley. Entered service for the New Zealand Railways Department in 1886. Withdrawn in 1937 and converted to Way & Works ballast plough van E 932. Purchased by the Ohai Railway Board in 1941, later leased to the Oamaru Steam and Rail Restoration Society in 1994. It was stored in Oamaru until being transferred back to Wairio on 9 August 2002. The guards and plough van, which has a high heritage value, will be leased to the National Railway Museum in Christchurch.[4]
Wagon ER 295 NZR Otahuhu Workshops 1954 2000 Formerly JC 5307 (1954 - 1978), E 4189 (1978) and E 5326 (1978 - 1981). Withdrawn on 17 August 1974. Owned by the Rail Heritage Trust of New Zealand and leased to the ORBHT.
Wagon Unidentified L n/a n/a n/a Formerly owned by the Ohai Railway Board.
Wagon LA 2962 NZR Otahuhu Workshops 1931 n/a Pre-TMS: LA 17119. Withdrawn in Invercargill in August 1978. Formerly owned by the Ohai Railway Board.
Wagon LA 16320 NZR Otahuhu Workshops 1931 n/a Pre-TMS: LA 17134. Withdrawn on 10 October 1966 after traffic damage. Formerly owned by the Ohai Railway Board.
Wagon LB 2631 NZR Addington Workshops 22 May 1976 n/a Owned by the Rail Heritage Trust of New Zealand and leased to the ORBHT.
Wagon LPF 388 n/a 1995 2000 Pre-TMS: the number is unidentified. Owned by the Rail Heritage Trust of New Zealand and leased to the ORBHT. Used for transportation of fertiliser.
Wagon LPS 351 n/a 1989 n/a Pre-TMS: the number is unidentified. Former LPA wagon converted for scrap haulage, Owned by the Rail Heritage Trust of New Zealand. Formerly leased to the ORBHT, now on static display at Lumsden railway station.
Wagon WOA 620 NZR Otahuhu Workshops 1939 n/a Formerly LA 19320.
Wagon XA 2583 n/a n/a n/a Rebuilt in 1950 at the Otahuhu Workshop] after an accident. Donated to the ORBHT by PPCS. Frame and body only.
Wagon XA 2587 n/a n/a n/a Rebuilt in 1950 at the Otahuhu Workshops after an accident. It was then donated to the ORBHT by PPCS.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Citations[edit]

  1. ^ "Rail followers banned by Kiwirail".
  2. ^ a b ""Preserved Locomotives at non-heritage places". Archived from the original on May 22, 2014. Retrieved June 18, 2014.
  3. ^ http://www.nzrsr.co.nz/view_page.php?page=4&search=false&sort=none&order=none
  4. ^ a b c d "Historic Ohai Railway vehicles find new homes". Retrieved December 23, 2017.

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