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The New Zealand Railway Observer : Issued Bi-monthly, ISSN 0028-8624
Issue 342 – April – May 2017 – Volume 74  No.1


Last day of trams in Auckland

29th December 1956 was the last day trams ran in Auckland

  • Rugged and Robust, Timaru Harbour Board Stone Wagons.
    Rob Merrifield
  • Backs to the wall
    Bill Prebble
  • EF locomotive Remembered
    John Heathcott
  • Research Notes #192 -The Big Diesel Age on the NZR
    Graeme McClare
  • From the collection of …Roland Searle
    Bill Prebble
  • EF or Class 30?
    David Berry
  • The Gtreat Blackball Track Lift
    John Shanks
  • 60 years since the Auckland Trams Stopped
    Evan James
  • Obituary: Russell McLennan Glendinning
  • Midland Line Closed by Fire
    Greame Carter
  • Down at the Station, letters, DVD’s


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Photograph E J McClare. 

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


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