The steam train is making a comeback in New Zealand.
SV & CUs Kingston Flyer (4 shots)
SV Fire in train engine
SV People getting into train
CU Whistle blowing
GV Travelling shots of train
SV Travelling shots of countryside and people in compartments
SV Refreshment bar (man serving)
SV Baby in train passageway and other passengers
GV PAN Train approaching and passing
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Background: The steam train is making a comeback in New Zealand. New Zealand railways have put one of their models from 'the Roaring Twenties' back into working order because they think many people still have some sentiment for the pomp and power of a steam train.
It starts its run at Kingston one the south end of South Island's Lake Wakatipu, so they have called the train the 'Kingston Flyer'.
Perhaps it is that a steam train with its rising and falling rhythms seems to have a heart. Whatever it is, people will use a steam train for fun while soul-less modern trains will probably always be simply a means of travel.
The 'Flyer' cannot manage more than 40 m.p.h. (64 k.p.m.) and the track takes a rather drunken course through the hilly South Island countryside to Lumsden -- yet thousands have already made the journey, to remember the sound or show their children what rail travel was like in the days of steam.