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The Kingston Flyer, Land & Buildings for sale in the Queenstown District, NZ

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Property Information

ICONIC VINTAGE STEAM TRAIN - THE KINGSTON FLYER - PLUS LAND & BUILDINGS FOR SALE, NEAR QUEENSTOWN, NEW ZEALAND
 

One of the world's most unique Train operations, Rolling Stock and associated Land and Buildings are for sale near Queenstown, Central Otago, New Zealand. 

The "Kingston Flyer" train operation and hospitality Freehold Land and Bbuildings are situated in the townships of Kingston and Fairlight near Queenstown. The business is not currently operating as a "going concern" business and the Assets, Land and Buildings are offered as a "Freehold Investment."

Over 2 million visitors are drawn to Queenstown each year to enjoy their own unforgettable travel experience. Visitors come to experience the unique scenery, search for adventure, seek out relaxation and rejuvenation, or to just breathe the pure mountain air. The Kingston Flyer offers a unique tourism & hospitality opportunity for international, domestic and local visitors to be able to experience the unforgettable Kingston Flyer of being on board an iconic vintage steam train.

The new tourist cycle trail "Around The Mountains" has opened which begins in Kingston and has an option of multi day trails which finishes with a boat trip across Lake Wakatipu on the historic steam ship, the TSS Earnslaw, ending up back in the southern jewel of Queenstown.

The two locomotives, rolling stock, property titles including both land and buildings are for sale by a reluctant vendor due to ill health. Do not ask how many millions the replacement value of this package of locomotives, carriages, land, buildings, chattels, plant and machinery,

The Kingston Land Titles total 17,194m2, the Railway Corridor in Kingston totals 4.546ha, the Railway Corridor from Kingston to Fairlight totals 68.893ha and the Fairlight Station area totals 4.635ha.

The sale includes land titles (some with buildings including the Flyer Ticket Office, Cafe & Bar premises in Kingston and the Fairlight Railway Station in Fairlight).

One title is situated between Kingston and Fairlight containing the railway corridor and one title in Fairlight houses the Fairlight Station and triangle three point turning equipment to turn the train around for it's return journey to Kingston.

The Fairlight title of 4.635ha lends itself to further development as it not only houses the Fairlight Station, it boarders the river and subject to a resource consent, may be suitable for Tourist Accommodation.

The locomotives include an AB 778 (entered service in 1925) and AB 795 (entered service in 1927, seven passenger carriages of the same vintage / period and associated plant and machinery.

The hospitality business that operated when the train was operating, called the "Flyer Cafe & Bar" has chattels available at valuation - this business previously had both an "on-premise" and "off-premise" liquor licence and the Kingston Flyer Train had a "on-premise" licence on board the train.

The new owner would be required to apply to the New Zealand Transport Authority (NZTA) for approval as the new rail operator to receive a new Rail Licence and Safety Case for the Kingston Flyer operation.

The Website: http://www.kingstonflyer.co.nz/ , extensive branding, logos, and all current marketing collateral is also included in the sale. 

Links:

http://www.kingstonflyer.co.nz/

https://www.facebook.com/kingstonflyer

http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=kingston+flyer&uni=3

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g255122-d1367798-Reviews-Kingston_Flyer-Queenstown_South_Island.html

Broker's Comments:

The Kingston Flyer offers a very unique Tourism & Hospitality opportunity, whether you a train enthusiast or have a passion for the Tourism or Hospitality industries, this is your chance to shine and transform The Kingston Flyer back to its glory days.We welcome your enquiry, please contact the Tourism & Hospitality Business Broker, Adrian Chisholm on 021 727 888 or email: adrian@tourismproperties.com

 

About the Region:

Queenstown is the Southern Hemisphere’s premier four season lake and alpine resort

Queenstown’s stunning scenery, huge range of activities and renowned warm welcome cement its reputation as New Zealand’s favourite visitor destination. Surrounded by majestic mountains and set on the shores of crystal clear Lake Wakatipu, the natural beauty and the unique energy of the region create the perfect backdrop for a holiday full of adventure, exploration or relaxation.

Over 2 million visitors are drawn to Queenstown each year, including adventurers, filmmakers, wine enthusiasts, Hollywood and Bollywood stars and US Presidents to enjoy their own unforgettable travel experience. Visitors come to experience our unique scenery, search for adventure, seek out relaxation and rejuvenation, or to just breathe our pure mountain air.

The Queenstown region is world-famous for adventure and is the birthplace of many iconic activities including commercial bungy jumping and jetboating. Other activities guaranteed to get your blood pumping include white water rafting, ziplining, 4x4 off-roading, snowsports, paragliding and skydiving. The region is also home to plenty of hiking and biking trails, guided tours, family activities, boat cruises, scenic flights or spa and wellness centres.

Central Queenstown is a sophisticated town with a fantastic choice of restaurants, a lively bar scene and excellent shopping. The picturesque town sits on the edge of Lake Wakatipu and you’ll experience a unique energy and atmosphere all year-round.

History of Kingston Flyer:

The name "Kingston Flyer" was originally applied to the express passenger trains that ran between Kingston and Gore, Invercargill, and less frequently, Dunedin. The services commenced in the 1890s, not long after the government acquired the Waimea Plains Railway and incorporated it into the national network. In October 1937, passenger services on the Kingston Branch ceased, resulting in the abbreviation of the Waimea Plains passenger services to a Lumsden-Gore service until it too ended, in September 1945. However, excursion trains from Gore and sometimes Dunedin through to Kingston continued to operate at peak holiday seasons until Easter 1957. For many years, these expresses and excursions operated in conjunction with steamers on Lake Wakatipu to provide the primary access to Queenstown.

Heritage railway

In 1971, the New Zealand Railways Department announced that they were going to recommence operating a service named the Kingston Flyer as a heritage service. The last use of steam on a regularly scheduled revenue service in New Zealand was on 26 October 1971, and the new Kingston Flyer began operating two months later on 21 December. It utilised the section of the Kingston Branch between Lumsden and Kingston and proved wildly popular. From 1971 until 1979 it operated every summer through to the Easter holiday period, and carried over 30,000 people annually. However, flooding damage to the line between Lumsden and Garston meant that the last Kingston to Invercargill flyer ran on 17 April 1979 and the damaged section of track in question was formally closed in November of that year. For the next three years, the Kingston Flyer operated to other destinations, albeit less successfully.

In 1982, the Kingston Flyer returned to Kingston. The initial intention was to utilise the remaining 20 kilometres of track between Garston and Kingston, but the decision was made to end the line in Fairlight and the additional six kilometres to Garston were closed. Although the original Flyers had typically been operated by locomotives of the Rogers K and V classes, two AB class locomotives were used for the restored service that commenced in 1971, and they were both transferred to Kingston in 1982. They are 4-6-2 "Pacifics" built in New Zealand:

    AB 778 (entered service in 1925)
    AB 795 (entered service in 1927 and once pulled the New Zealand Royal Train)

From 2000 until 2003, K 92, a preserved member of the Rogers K class that headed the original Flyers, was based in Kingston and operated services both by itself and together with the AB engines. The rolling stock used on the line consists of seven wooden passenger carriages that date as far back as 1898.

The Kingston Flyer normally operates seven months of the year, from 1 October to 30 April. Two trains run daily, excluding Christmas Day. It is arguably New Zealand's most famous preserved train.

Kingston Flyer website information:

Early days of Steam and Gold 1878The 'Kingston Flyer' and crew at Kingston Railway Station. The locomotive is one of the famed "K" class American Rodgers locomotives allotted to this run, being renowned for their good turn of speed. The half "birdcage"carriage is just behind the engine tender.

The fascinating story of the beginnings of rail travel is told through the early trains and lines created by pioneers and visionaries embarking on an industrial adventure. During the 19th century the steam locomotive was the first great technical creation of man and the foundation of a new era.

As soon as gold was discovered in the Wakatipu district in 1862 the need to connect the district to the shipping ports of Dunedin and Invercargill by steamships and steam trains became apparent. The railway line at last reached Kingston on July 10, 1878 and a public holiday was declared by Queenstown Borough and Lake County Councils.
The "Flyer" in service - 1890's to 1950'sTravelling in a 'birdcage' carriage compartment on the original 'Kingston Flyer' from Lumsden to Kingston. Taken October 1913

The first passenger train servicing the track between Gore and Kingston consisted of five carriages pulled by an American Locomotive. This train reached speeds of up to 60 km per hour and so became known as "The Flyer".

"The Flyer" serviced Kingston-Gore on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and Kingston-Invercargill on Tuesdays and FThursdays from the 1890's. During peak holiday periods she also carried passengers from Dunedin to Kingston to meet up with Lake Wakatipu steamboats connecting with the popular holiday destination of Queenstown.

The service was replaced by buses and passenger numbers declined through the 1950's. The final Kingston Flyer operated during the Easter holiday of 1957. Trains continued to run on the Waimea Plains Railway until 31 March 1971.

Heritage Service 1971-2012

The New Zealand Government came up with a plan to save the historic steam train and funded the restoration in 1971. The atmosphere of the 1920's was retained. Five passenger cars prepared for the train included a 'birdcage" car, a saloon car fitted with a buffet counter for alcoholic and soft drinks, and a car van with old style first class seats. Polished brass and steel work, white painted wheels, red fluted side rods, and glossy black paintwork constituted the decor of the two Ab class steam locomotives.

The Kingston Flyer heritage service between Kingston and Lumsden and continued until 1979. Today the service covers a 14km stretch of track between Kingston and Fairlight. The rails are the originals laid in 1878 but many of the 19,360 sleepers have been replaced over time.

The Kingston Flyer continues to thrill and entertainer passengers twice daily in the summer months. It is also used frequently in the production of movies and commercials taking advantage of the unique landscape and authentic vintage steam locomotives and carriages.

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