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The New Zealand Railway Observer : Issued Bi-monthly, ISSN 0028-8624
Issue 386 August-September 2024
Volume 82, No. 3


One of Percy Angus’ legacies to New Zealand Railways was the K Class locomotive design and the variants of that class. An article on Mr Angus is included in this issue. Mark Cole photographed K905 with Train 502, bound for New Plymouth and climbing the Westmere Bank in December 1961.

The Development of the Mechanical Section of New Zealand Railways – P R Angus

Sweet Dreams and Nightmares on Night Trains – Graham Stewart

Waicola, Linton and Waiau Valley Railway – Graeme Carter

Photographs by Brian Whebell

The Central and Southern Rail Tour – January 1957 – Bill Cowan and John L Stichbury

Zelma Reid … 100 Years and 65 years on the Railway – Paul Mahoney

Research Notes #236 – A “D” or not a “D” – That is the Question! – Graeme McClare

From the Top of the Raurimu Spiral, Down at the Station, Letters to the Editor

Book  Review

There are 25 colour photos in this issue.

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The New Zealand Railway Observer

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New Zealand. Read about their fascinating present developments and past history.

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