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Far and wide.... Feilding man Terry Rush (left) chats with Rob Shewry, of New Plymouth, about the Maule aircraft at the Mandeville Fly In.

Steam was a big attraction at the Mandeville Fly In, which attracted more than 600 people on Saturday, organiser Maeva Smith said.

“There would have been between 600 and 700 people through on the Saturday and maybe half that on the Sunday, as the weather wasn’t as nice,” Mrs Smith said.

There were many highlights, she said.

“I think this weekend was about the train. It was great having it in steam and moving. We’ve never had it moving here before [in Mandeville].”

A Rodgers K locomotive, No 92, which was removed from the Oreti River and restored, was displayed on tracks outside the Croydon Aviation Museum. It was one of the original Kingston Flyer locomotives on the private Waimea Plains Railway in the 1880s.

The Waimea Plains Railway Trust had had the engine in steam before the weekend but had nowhere to run it.

Mrs Smith said tracks had since been laid and approved.

Family affair… Mother Aleisha Rawstorn and grandmother Jacque Lloyd, with Cooper (1) and Kaleb (5) Rawstorn, check out a plane.

Spectators both young and old were excited by the locomotive, she said.

“There’s just a big fascination with trains, really, and to see a live [steam] one up close is something people don’t see every day.”

“The boys had it looking nice, too.”

Among other highlights was a Lego display in the Croydon Aviation Heritage Centre.

“There was Lego for the kids to play with, too, which was a good thing.”

The Gore Vintage Car Club attended with a display of cars on Saturday afternoon, she said.

“There were some really lovely old cars.”

Mrs Smith said planes were not able to land on the Sunday because of the weather.

“It got dusty and windy and that makes flying unpleasant.

“The weather on Sunday was a bit of a shame, but everything else was great.”