The Kingston Flyer tourist steam train will resume commercial operations on January 4 after being pulled from the tracks earlier this month because of safety concerns over one of its boilers.

Engine AB795 was given the green light by boiler and mechanical inspectors yesterday and locals and visitors are being invited to go on a special trip tonight before the train resumes commercial runs on January 4.

The New Year's Eve trip will run to Fairlight from Kingston for passengers to herald the new year during a picnic dinner.

"It really is a case of 'all aboard, toot toot' and I'm thrilled," owner David Bryce said.


Mr Bryce said while it had been "extremely disappointing" to have to suspend operations while repairs continued on the second engine, he knew when he bought the Flyer he was making an "investment for longevity".

Mr Bryce said train bookings for the summer season were strong.