First up is this screen shot from today.
And this one also from one news on the 14th of April this year.
Now it appears TVNZ record their website stories separately because the background is slightly different from what was on TV but it still shows DXC 5454.
I then had a look through my shots of DXC 5454 and found this...
The original shot of DXC 5454 cruising into Palmerston with 923 Middleton - Dunedin freight.
And a close up so its similar to the screen shots.
Now they've changed the background but I reckon its a match.
Just to make sure I wasn't losing it I asked my wife to compare shots. After the rolling of the eyes she had a look and agreed it's a match. She actually got a little excited about the whole thing. The lights right, the shadows right, the driver matches, the drivers windows open and I'm sure you can see the tree through the loco's rear windows.
Have I had some railfan luck after a journo at TVNZ googled for a kiwi rail image or am I dreaming? What do you guys think?