Posts Categorized: News

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… Read more »

New A&G Price Drawings available

A&G Price Drawings – a further batch of drawings are now available.   The lastest batch scanned are from the third cabinet and are high-resolution scans of the rail-relevant tracings . These cover the period from the mid-1940s to the mid-1950s and include surviving drawings of the V-type steam lokey, the RNZAF 87hp petrol locos,… Read more »

Progress Update on WMR Carriage No. 48

This update is on the Woods safety gate as used by the Wellington and & Manawatu Railway, set up on WMR Carriage No. 48. Photo 1 (below) shows clearly the way the gate is double-hung, on swing arms, so it can close off access to or from the steps towards the ground. When open, the… Read more »

Available Now – Retro Reds To The Rescue

The Last Years of Wellington Suburban Train Variety Tony Hurst Currently, Wellington suburban train services are operated by Matangi electric multiple-units, all virtually visibly identical. But as recently as 2011 there was a wide variety of electric units in use, as well as one set of locomotive-hauled carriages, providing a much more colourful and varied operating fleet, including… Read more »

Update on Wab794

In the latest copy of the FRONZ newsletter is an update on Wab794 (which is leased to Fielding & District Rail Society) “On Tuesday 12 September 2017, the Wab was lifted up and wheels removed then placed in the Engine shed to continue with the overhaul. On 1 August 2020, the Wab made it out… Read more »