After more than 50 years sitting idle, and three restoration attempts, the Kakahu Carriage entered service again on Saturday, November 9, 2013.
It was officially put back in commission by Timaru district deputy mayor Richard Lyon.
Pleasant Point Museum and Railway president Bryan Blanchard said the restored carriage would replace the existing birdcage carriage, which was due for some work.
Restoration work began on A1142 in 1993, followed by another push at restoration 10 years ago. The majority of the work has been completed in the past three years.
Restoration team leader Don Spencer said the finishing touches were just days before the commissioning . "Everything looks nice and shiny. It all takes a long time when you are restoring old equipment."
He estimated more than 2000 hours had been spent on the project. "When you are sanding, varnishing and polishing old bits of brass, it's very time consuming. It's come up pretty well considering it's 100 years old."
Mr Blanchard said 10 people worked on the restoration and more than $10,000 had been spent.
- Hat tip: The Timaru Herald