Monday, 8 May 2017

Higgins Heritage Park!

It was time to meet up with our travelling companions from Blenheim again and attend a Nelson and Tasman NZMCA rally. John and Derek are both keen steam enthusiasts and as the rally was at a  steam museum, how could we resist?  John and Elizabeth arrived at Spring Grove on Thursday night all ready to drive a few km’s to Wakefield on Friday morning.  We were made most welcome by Doreen and Phil who we had met out at Pohara a couple of weeks ago.

IMG_1972Higgins Heritage Park, Wakefield. A hidden gem off the beaten track.

IMG_1950They have two of these in working order.

IMG_1938Fifty seven vans attending the week-end with about half staying over an extra night on Sunday.

IMG_1905This plank cutter could cut up to 8 planks out of a trimmed log.

IMG_1913The vintage truck museum is one of six organisations within Higgins Heritage Park. All of the trucks had a history in and around Nelson.

IMG_1942It was the steam machinery’s open week-end so the boiler was fired up to run most of the machine’s.

IMG_1914This is a replica horse drawn ambulance capable of carrying 3 patients and a nurse.

IMG_1921The stretchers in the back of the ambulance.

IMG_1909Austin’s, Ford’s, Chevrolet’s and International’s were all in the line up in the truck museum. IMG_1945Another steam machine in great working condition.

IMG_1968The main boiler supplying the steam for all the machines.

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