Among the many challenges involved in operating steam excursions in the 21st Century is that of coaling the locomotive. The good folks at Steam, Inc. in New Zealand have come up with a good solution. The coal is packaged in these large lift-able sacks which are conveyed to trackside on a flatbed truck equipped with a boom. The boom is used to lift the bags out and over the tender at which point the lanyard is pulled and the coal cascades down into the bunker. Slick and easy!
Seen here in use in Taihape as Ab 608 is supplied for the return trip south to Paekakariki.
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