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Steaming into Christmas

Courtesy of Te Awamutu Courier
Training Session
TRAINING SESSION: Te Awamutu Lions put the finishing touches to the scale model of Climax 1317 for the Santa Parade this Saturday. The club is currently restoring the real Climax 1317 which resided in Te Awamutu War Memorial Park for many years after it was retired from service. 342051AD

By Dean Taylor

Te Awamutu’s Christmas Spirit is steaming forward as we head into the second weekend of December.

Following last week’s successful launching of the community lights and decorations, Christmas Lights Trail and various carol services is the ‘biggie’ - Saturday’s Santa Parade.

The event, organised by Te Awamutu Alive’s Christmas Spirit Committee, has attracted about 45 floats and vehicles, and is supported by Sport Waikato Kids Sports, the opening of Santa’s Grotto, the Windy 50’s mobility scooter racing and the Formula Two’s Outhouse Derby.

Te Awamutu’s main street will be closed for much of the day to cater for the events, plus sides streets will then be closed for the 1pm parade. Shops will be open throughout the day (see pages 16 and 17 for event details).

Te Awamutu Lions is one of many groups contributing to the event, taking the opportunity to promote the club and their current major project, the restoration of the Climax locomotive which for years sat in Te Awamutu War Memorial Park. The half size scale model of Climax 1317 was designed by builder Cedric Taylor. He undertook the basic construction and found many of the ‘parts’ which saw the train take shape at a working bee on Tuesday night.

Mr Taylor’s design includes such details as the pistons, rails, funnels and signage that give Climax 1317 its distinctive look.

He also built the model train from materials designed to withstand the weather so it could be utilised as a promotional tool while the restoration takes place and later auctioned as a children’s playhouse to help with fundraising.

The real restoration project is being kept ‘on track’ by the Climax 1317 Trust which includes Lions Club members and others.
The Trust would like to use as many original parts as possible and asks that anyone knowing of any items that were on the loco please contact Russell Easton (871 2717).