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The New Zealand Railway Observer : Issued Bi-monthly, ISSN 0028-8624
Issue 343 – June – July, 2017 – Volume 74  No.2


New DL Locomotives for the North Island

The new face of motive power in the North Island – the DL class


    • Operation Overlander.
      David Parsons
    • Electrification of the Main Trunk
      A G Williams
    • The Glen Afton branch in the 1950’s and 1960’s
      Bob Hepburn
    • Research Notes #193 – A Vacuum of Information
      Graeme McClare
    • EF Class Locomotives and their Demise
      Grahame Alecock
    • Garratt Locomotives in New Zealand
      Rob Merrifield
    • Down at the Station, letters, DVD’s


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    Photograph Murray Farquhar. 

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


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