A break from weddings and portraits and back to my roots of rust and steel, dark colours and textures.
Okay, we discovered the location while scouting for a wedding, but it was so promising we came back with our tripods one afternoon to shoot the trains and engineering works inside the big dark building. This is the Mainline Steam depot out the back of Parnell, Auckland. It has four train lines entering a large building containing at the time I think 8 locomotives in various stages of repair. Mostly steam trains, with one electric, and a few pieces of rolling stock. The location unfortunately had its lease terminated by Kiwirail and has already begun the long process of moving out, so we got in just in time. A lot of the workshop and trains seen here are already gone! The trains and equipment here are being split between the Glenbrook Vintage Railway and a depot near Papakura, but will hopefully have a permanent home again soon. Either way, it was great to find Mainline steam in time to get in and take photos before the opportunity was lost.
Mainline Steam are also seeking donations towards this move and the cost of a new permanent home, and all the relevant details are on their page here.