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The Society was formed in 1944 by enthusiasts interested in the then New Zealand Railways. Membership is open to all with an interest in the New Zealand Railway system both old and new. Member groups meet in most cities where talks, films, and other activities can be enjoyed. Read more–>

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The Wait is Over… in stock now….


Finally, the complete story of NZR’s most powerful conventional steam locomotive class has been documented.

Author Jonathan Shingleton details the operational constrictions of the Midland line, history leading up to the development of the KB class, including proposals to transfer X class to the South Island and add boosters. Learn how Midland Line east-bound loads were governed by EO haulage capacity through the Otira tunnel, the manufacture and bedding in of the KBs, their daily operation, the booster operation and maintenance, trailling of KB operations out of Dunedin, a proposal to transfer all KBs to the North Island, and their eventual displacement onto the Main South Line. Detail of the KB operations are neatly interspersed with crew accounts of operating the KB class; the firemen, drivers and fitters. Complementing the text is a lavish selection of black and white and colour images from the era.

Portrait format, 157 black and white and 55 colour photographs, tables, 3 diagrams and map.

272 pages hardbound.


You can order a copy by selecting Publication Catalogue under the “Publications” tab. Prices are shown in the catalogue and immediately below the prices is an option to “Order this book” which will take you to our on line order form which upon completion will give you the choice of paying by direct banking or credit card.

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New Zealand Banks’ Ending of Processing Cheques to Make Payments

The trading banks in New Zealand have announced that they are going to cease
to accept and process cheques for payments a little later this year. In light of the
banks’ changes to their systems, from 1 June 2021 the Society can no longer accept cheques.

This will mean that anyone who has been accustomed to making payments by
cheque to the Society will no longer be able to do so after 1 June 2021.

Options available in paying any money to the Society, whether for
subscriptions, purchases, donations, or for any other reason after 1 June are:

  • To use internet or on-line transfer from your own account to the Society’s
    account, No. 02-0500-0019277-00.  We prefer this option, as it is flexible and
    convenient for the majority of members.
  •  To use your credit card or the PayPal system.  Note: under these systems the
    Society has to pay a fee for each transaction made thus.
  •  To arrange a transfer to the Society’s account from either your bank account
    or by cash payment over the counter at your nearest branch of your bank.

Payment Options for those Living Outside New Zealand:

  •  Options 1 and 2 above are available, i.e, electronic transfer of funds or use of
    your credit card. For you to pay direct into our NZ bank account, you will have to
    add the SWIFT BIC code for the Bank of New Zealand, BKNZNZ22. This has to be used
    whenever funds are sent from overseas to BNZ bank accounts for the transaction to
    find the right bank and account.
  •  Your own bank will be able to make a telegraphic transfer of funds for your
    payments. There is likely to be a charge for this service.
  •  Members who pay into our English bank account will still be able to do so
    using local procedures. Note: Overseas cheques will not be able to be processed in
    New Zealand.

For electronic payments: 
In all cases you will need to state your name, membership number (where applicable) , and the purpose of the payment, i.e,
– subscription payment;
– purchase of stated goods, eg, a specific book;
– donations for your specified Society activity; or
– for any other purpose.

If you have problems making your payment by these means, please contact our
administration officer, Bill McGavin at locotreasurer@actrix.co.nz or phone him at
029 460 1187 (International callers, 0064 29 460 1187.)

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