Posts Categorized: History

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 »

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 »

Wab 794 this is your story.

The latest stage in a long journey for the heavy tank engine Wab 794 took place on Saturday 22 March 1997, when it officially arrived in Feilding for restoration work by the Feilding and District Steam Rail Society. To mark the occasion, Wab 794 was towed from Palmerston North by preserved 0-6-OT locomotive F 163… Read more »