The Marlborough Flyer locomotive is the historic World War I Memorial locomotive Ab608, “Passchendaele”. Built in 1915, a major rebuild of the locomotive was completed by Steam Incorporated in 2014. It is certified to operate on the main line and since overhaul has run 10,000 Km covering much of the KiwiRail network.
During the steam era the Ab-class was the largest type of locomotive operating on the Picton – Blenheim route. October 2017 is the 100th Anniversary of the Passchendaele Battle and the launch of the Marlborough Flyer will help reinforce the memory of this battle.
Pounamu Tourism Group is the organiser for the Marlborough Flyer steam train excursions. Pounamu Tourism Group is a New Zealand registered company dedicated to world-class traveller experiences in New Zealand.