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The New Zealand Railway Observer : Issued Bi-monthly, ISSN 0028-8624
Issue 365  December 2017 – January 2018 – Volume 74  No.5



      • A Tale of Loss and Salvation
        The mist was starting to lift early in the morning on 20 July 1962 when Robert Finlay photographed train 456 lifting out of Taihape.

        Train 456 climbing out of Taihape

        Peter Van Grinsven

      • Gold Mining in Waiorongomai
        and A&G Price’s First Locomotive
        Alan Stokes
      • Troop Trains on the Trunk
        Robert Finlay
      • Research Notes #196
        The Chronicles of Cuba Street Station
        Graeme McClare
      • Big Changes Promised by New Government
        Bruce Taylor
      • The Geography of the Otago Central Railway
        Part 1: Cromwell to Alexandra
        Patrick Dunford
      • Hilary Adolphous Quertier’s Excavator
        Colin Barry
      • The first “D” Loco in the South Island
        Noel Mather

    • Down at the Station, letters, DVD’s


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    Photograph by Robert Finlay

    18  Colour Photographs in this issue, plus front and back covers.


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