Roger says: "MOTAT uses a large amount of firewood when lighting up the steam engines and boilers from cold. The boilers have to be brought up to temperature slowly so they are not stressed and damaged. Coal is added once the boiler has warmed up and starts producing steam.
"We have a running day on the 3rd Sunday of each month. Visitors can have free train and military rides at the MOTAT 2 site in Meola Rd."
See some video of steam engines in action:
|Roger takes a break|
See the MOTAT site for more information on their factuality and events www.motat.org.nz