The drive from Queenstown takes about 40 minutes but then you can relax and enjoy a round trip on this old steam train for a couple of hours. It has an interesting history which you can uncover at Kingston station whist enjoying a coffee in the cafe before leaving. We went into the guards van for the first leg and watched the track disappear behind us and then switched to the other end of the train for the return journey where you can actually stand outside the carriage. Pleased we decided to return straight back rather than hang around Fairlight for a few hours as there is nothing there that we could see except the station. The footplate crew are happy to let you climb up to take picture of the engine from inside and our guard for the ride, Gloria, was so friendly she helped make the trip
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