Does any one know what happened to the little shunting loco that was at Te Rapa? It was painted in the same colour as the Air Force trucks complete with roundel and MT number on it and was used to move rail wagons from the NZR system onto the sideing that ran to the shed where the stores arrived (I can't remember the proper name for that section. A couple of us Techies got into strife for starting it up (without the keys) opening the gate (again without the keys) and going or a jollie along the "proper" rail line until we came to some points we couldn't change. This was about 1972 or 3.
If there is a highway to hell and a stairway to heaven is that an indication as to the expected traffic flows?
The Ormondville group (which has the Te Rapa Engine) has a small web page - with a photo of the little engine: www.ormondvillerail.org/ (follow the photos link)
Just came across this thread, I'll also attach a pic of the Te Rapa shunter. One minor correction however, Price 152 at Ormondville is ex-Trentham Army Camp, Price 151 is ex-Te Rapa and at Goldfields Railway.