Memorable Crossing

Continuing from yesterday’s shot, DFT7226 is again seen hauling the same freight Northbound still, this time at the level crossing at the North end of the town of Otaki.

On May 15th, 1988, a Southbound excursion train hit a milk truck on this same crossing. Fortunately noone was injured, including my dad, who was driving the train. It is also significant because it was my second birthday, and my mum had the joy (end sarcasm) of receiving the ‘dreaded’ phone call from the company, saying he’d been in an accident.

Again, taken with a Fujifilm Finepix S5600 Digital, Shutter Speed 1/613s, a Focal Length of 6.3mm and an F-stop set at F/7.1, on ISO200.


I remember showing this photo to a friend at work once, and he said “That looks like a Honda. About 1990, an Accord?”

It was taken while driving (no, don’t do it) a Honda Ascot (based on the Accord), 1992 model. 4 Cyl 2.0L, 4 speed Auto, very nice car to drive. In the mirror is one of my loves, a train. This a Northbound Freight, headed by DFT 7226, somewhere between Waikanae and Otaki (I believe! I know it’s South of Otaki, North of Paraparaumu).

Taken with a Fujifilm Finepix S5600 Digital, Shutter Speed 1/320s, a Focal Length of 10.8mm and an F-stop set at F/4.5, on ISO64.