Northern News : November 28th 2012
3 NORTHERN NEWS, NOVEMBER 28, 2012 NEWS Visit our Northland showhome 5 Kowi Lakes Drive, One Tree Point or call David Skudder on 027 295 5941 or 0508 639 496. Showhome open 10am - 4pm. MY GENERATION IS COLOURFUL! Week 10of14 "Peter and I are so pleased with our interior colours and we're looking forward to seeing our furniture come together to enhance the ambience." -- Peter and Doreen Mike on the move again By SUE JONES On the move: Mike 'The Steam' Bradshaw has seen the Bay of Islands Vintage Railway around the corner, and now the railway is hoping to steam down the final stretch to hit the coast. Every railway in the world has one of me, and they move on -- I did throughout my career with railways -- and the Bay of Islands Vintage Railway will find a new one. I will still continue to play a part, just not a full time position IT S been another good run, but the operations manager at Kawakawa s railway is steaming out of town again. And it s going to be quite a task to fill the shoes of the man who s been overseeing one of the town s greatest assets. Mike The Steam Brad- shaw has been the opera- tions manager at the Bay of Islands Vintage Railway for five years this time around. From 1984 to 2000 Mike worked as the engineering manager for the then Bay of Islands Scenic Rail. He left for overseas posi- tions with railways including the Ffestiniog Railway in Wales where he designed and built steam engines. He has consulted for the Northern Ireland Giant Causeway Railway, the Isle of Man Victorian Railway, The Tren a las Nubes (Train of the Clouds) that runs from Salta to La Polvorilla in northern Argentina and other railways in South America and South Africa before being lured back to the Bay of Islands Vintage Railway in 2007. Mike and his wife Shirley were back in Kawakawa from Argentina for Christ- mas and the Bay of Islands Vintage Railway approached him and they decided to stay. The railway was in total disrepair, Gabriel the steam engine was rusting away and there was no operating rail- way, Mike says. He is now looking overseas to pursue working with a tourist railway in Vietnam and Bay of Islands Vintage Railway in Kawakawa is on the prowl for a new opera- tions manager. I am going to continue in a reduced role and will shadow the new operations manager for six months, Mike says. Bay of Islands Vintage Railway chairman Johnson Davis says: Mike s commit- ment, energy and enthusi- asm to our railway has been extraordinary. We of course do not expect the new appointee to have all the skills that Mike has. Mike responds: Every railway in the world has one ofme,andtheymoveon--I did throughout my career with railways -- and the Bay of Islands Vintage Railway will find a new one. I will still continue to play a part, just not a full time position. Mike leaves the Bay of Islands Vintage Railway in excellent shape moving for- ward. A partnership has been formed with the Far North District Council and Far North Holdings that will see the completion of light rail access from Opua to Longbridge, the ninth bridge on route from Kawakawa. This will have a huge posi- tive impact on the Bay of Islands Vintage Railway and they have assurances from the Coast to Coast Cycleway project, Pou Herenga Tai, that the railway plays a key role in the cycle way. The Far North District Council and Far North Hold- ings will enable the completion of this part of the track leaving the Bay of Islands Vintage Railway to raise funds to restore the Longbridge and thus finish the cycleway from Opua to Kawakawa. Far North District Council infrastructure and asset manager David Penny add- ressed the trustees before the recent annual general meeting and advised the tar- get day for the completion of the cycleway is now March 2013. It s now the job of the Bay of Islands Vintage Railway to raise the funds to restore the Longbridge, with an esti- mated cost of $600,000. Longbridge has 906 rail- way sleepers and if someone came along with a big fat cheque for them, we would be well on our way, Mike says. Applications are invited for the position of operations manager. It is a paid position and full training will be provided. For further information contact chairman Johnson Davis on 404 0636.
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