20 Oct 2012

Historic steam train takes its time arriving

8:02 pm on 20 October 2012

The initial no-show of an historic steam train, billed as the drawcard of a Steam Festival in Dunedin, has upset organisers and disappointed passengers.

The KA 942 train was left behind in Christchurch on Friday when rail staff failed to attach it to an overnight freight train.

Maintenance had already delayed the train's departure for Dunedin on Wednesday.

The Taieri Gorge Railway chief executive, Murray Bond, says it's a puzzle as to why the issues occurred after several months of planning.

Several would-be passengers had to alter their travel arrangements.

Mr Bond says the train eventually arrived in Dunedin late on Saturday afternoon and everything has since been running smoothly.