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The New Zealand Railway Observer : Issued Bi-monthly, ISSN 0028-8624
Issue 347  February – March  2018 – Volume 74  No.6



  • Early Diesel-Electric Development,
    The Conqueror that did not Congquer. The Di and Dj classes developement.

    Train 108, a goods bound for Christchurch

    The Origins of the Di and Dj classes
    Grahame Alecock

  • Some Memories of the new Dj Locomotives
    David Berry
  • The Geography of the Otago Central Railway
    Part 2: Alexandra to Ranfurly
    Patrick Dunford
  • Research Notes #197
    A Picnicking we will go
    Graeme McClare
  • Mostly Steam in the South
    Graeme McClare
  • Golden Triangle Commuter Proposal
    Andrea Fox
  • Christchurch Electric Tramways
    James Drummond

  • Down at the Station, letters, DVD’s


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Photograph by Graeme McClare

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


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