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The New Zealand Railway Observer : Issued Bi-monthly, ISSN 0028-8624
Issue 355  August – September 2019 – Volume 76  No.3


Celebrating the opening of the Napier to Wairoa railway. Near Waikoau on Friday 14th June. DFT7158 hauls the Coastal Pacific Consist with DFT7282 at the Rear.

The Official First Tran on the Rebuilt Napier to Wairoa Line

    • Napier – Wairoa Railway – the Rebuild
      Cran Julian & Rob Merrifield
    • Esmae and Lennie
      Anne Leitch
    • High Horsepower
      Paul Mahoney
    • Research Notes #206  Awarua
      Graeme McClare
    • How I Lost a Police Car
      Frank Lucas
    • From the collection of…Graham Radcliffe, part 3
      Bill Prebble
    • Otira Tunnel – the cleanup job by Rob Merrifield
    • Ab699 Returns to Service by DLA Turner
    • The rebuild of the Aramoho Railway Bridge by Caes Slabber
    • Down at the Station, letters, DVD’s

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Photograph by James Lovie

24  Colour Photographs including a centerfold in this issue, plus front and back covers.

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