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The New Zealand Railway Observer : Issued Bi-monthly, ISSN 0028-8624
Issue 341 – February – March 2017 – Volume 73  No.6



      • Kb966 put on a great show in September 1963 as it climbed away from Big Kowhai Viaduct with train 183

        Kb966 climbing away from Big Kowhai Viaduct

        Kb966 to the Pass
        Rob Martin

      • Waihi to Waikino Rail Trail
        Alan Stokes
      • Motive Power
        David Parsons
      • Research Notes #191 -The Old
        Engine and the Sea
        Graeme McClare
      • From the collection of …Roland Searle
        Bill Prebble
      • Two Years as a Railway Cadet
        and my Subsequent Career
        Barry Walker
      • South Island Main Trunk Devastated
        Graeme Carter
      • Down at the Station, letters, DVD’s

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Photograph Newton Candish (Archives). 

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


The New Zealand Railway Observer

The Railway Observer is for everyone who takes an interest in the railways and tramways of
New Zealand. Read about their fascinating present developments and past history.
We publish it::-

          • Six times a year for members of the Society and the public.
          • For everyone who takes an interest in the railways and tramways in New Zealand.
          • It is packed with information and pictures.
          • Design · Construction · Operation : Development · History
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