Modelling Around The World Paeroa to Waihi By Neil Ward In this article I will outline some of the personal stories behind my choice of location for the layout and reasons for choosing particular locomotives. The Karangahake Gorge area has been of interest since the late sixties and although having Tri-ang based layouts in the seventies I always felt a strong desire to do something in New Zealand Railways (NZR) based on this area. My earliest memory of the Karangahake Gorge was as young boy going to Waihi Beach for a day trip that was also disguised as an opportunity to photograph trains in the Karangahake Gorge by Dad. My first memory was of an English Electric Df bursting out of the tunnel under the road and crossing the steel truss bridge over the Ohinemuri river on its journey to Waihi.
Df1505 Bursting out of tunnel Photo: KB Ward
Df1505 Bursting out of tunnel Photo: KB Ward I was lucky enough to travel through the Karangahake Gorge with my Dad and Keith Cullen in both double headed Di and Db hauled trains. I canâ€™t recall the exact numbers of the Di`s or Db`s from these cab rides but still have vivid memories of snaking through the, by then, run down section of line looking at the river below thinking thereâ€™s not much between me and disaster on the narrow rail corridor through the gorge.