Monday, April 22, 2013

Tourism Icon For Sale Again

Vintage steam train the Kingston Flyer is on the market...
The iconic train, which runs between Kingston and Fairlight, has been put up for sale by owner David Bryce for $2.5m. For that, you'll get the two locomotives and carriages, the café and bar businesses, 10 land titles, plant and machinery, and the rail licence. Sounds likes a good deal, given how much Bryce has spent on restoration (and at that price, you've gotta wonder why the NZ govt doesn't snaffle it up!!!).
Bryce saved the Flyer in 2011, buying the mothballed 130yr.old train on Trade Me while recovering from a stroke: "I've completed all the major locomotive repairs, investing heavily in restoration of the main locomotive AB795's boiler, required to maintain its twice-daily excursions for the next decade or two. The train's in good nick, more efficient than it's ever been, and it remains a living icon of the region and of New Zealand's rail history."
The Kingston Flyer operates at the southern end of Lake Wakatipu, on 14km of preserved track that once formed a part of the Kingston Branch. The history of the service dates back to the 1870s.
The Flyer makes its last run of the summer season tomorrow, before winter maintenance work.
Let's hope it's not the Flyer's final stop...

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