Posts By: nzrailadmin

Latest Book Release

Ian Dougherty Standing tall in south Dunedin, Hillside Railway Workshops was a significant employer and generator of tradespeople for 138 years. Known for its prodigious manufacture of wagons, carriages and locomotives, this book details these Hillside fine products, some of which are still running on the current railway network or are now highly cherished by… Read more »

That Very First ‘New Zealand Railway Observer’

A Personal Reminiscence by Tom McGavin. (Taken from RESEARCH NOTES #104) It was recently suggested to me that I could describe how the first issue of this journal was put together, all those 58 years ago. To really understand the process of compilation of that first number, described as Volume 1, Number 1, and dated… Read more »

Progress on our WMR Carriages

At January 2017 restoration work on Wellington & Manawatu Railway Company carriage 48 (later NZR A 1126) has progressed to the point that No. 48 has had the interior partitions made and fitted, and the old entrance doors are being restored. The interior has been varnished and painting of the exterior in a colour as… Read more »

Steam Locomotive A472’s life story.

Rob Merrifield has provided the life story of an “A” class locomotive of significance. The original A 472 was built for the Railways Department by A & G Price Ltd., at Thames, their works number 36. Departmental records show it entered service on 13 March, 1911. From then until 5 September, 1966, when it was… Read more »

The Silverstream Site Photos.

The building is expected to be finished on 15th December 2003. That is, the shell will be finished. The rail tracks are sitting in front of it and the Ransomes and Rapier crane will, we hope, lift them into position so that our W&M carriage can be housed when it arrives. 5th December 2003 and… Read more »