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The New Zealand Railway Observer : Issued Bi-monthly, ISSN 0028-8624
Issue 358 December 2019 – January 2020
Volume 76  No.5


      • KA961 with northbound Goods, passing through The Square in Palmerston North on 11th November 1956.

        KA961 with northbound Goods, Palmerston North

        Dromore – A Settlement Centered on a Railway
        Michael Hanrahan

      • Otago, Southland Rail Tour. 1959 – 1960
        Hugh Isdale
      • Where to Next – KiwiRail Motive Power Options
        Rob Merrifield
      • Research Notes #208 – the Last Railcar through Kaitoke
        Alan Smith & Graeme McClare
      • Photographs
        by Keith Cullen
      • Riding with Ces Gledhill – fighting the Grade to Spooners Tunnel
        edited by Bill Prebble
      • My Experiences on the Footplate
        by John Prince
      • Down at the Station, letters, DVD’s

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      Photograph by Keith Cullen

      20  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.
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