We had plans for Saturday which would take us by train into Wellington using our Gold Cards, (free travel). We were up bright and early to catch the 8.05 train and the weather wasn’t too bad in Carterton. By the time we reached the Rimutaka Tunnel it was starting to rain. The tunnel is 6km’s long and by the time we emerged at the Hutt Valley end it was still raining albeit lightly.
At Upper Hutt we alighted with a plan to catch the return train in an hour and a half's time to Masterton as the weather to the South i.e Wellington, wasn’t looking too good. We wandered into town and met a couple of old work mates and had a good chat and managed to get a bit of shopping done. I bought a pair of much needed sandals and wore them out of the shop thinking that if my feet got sore I could change back to my original shoes. As it turned out they were so comfortable that I wore them all day even though we would eventually end up walking for 5 – 6 km”s. The sign of a good pair of shoes.
Back at the railway station we could see the weather to the South had improved so we reverted to our original plan of travelling to Wellington. The Wairarapa train came and went and eventually a local electric unit service arrived. This was one of the New Korean built Matangi trains which was the equal of any of the electric trains that we travelled on in the UK. Very nice.