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The NZR Steam Locomotive
by Sean Millar

ISBN: 9780908573899
PUBLISHER: New Zealand Railway & Locomotive Society Inc
FORMAT: Hardback
PAGES: 336
PUBLICATION DATE: 1.10.2011


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Between 1863 and 1971 the steam locomotive was the best known part of railways, and these steel kings of the steel road touched everyone's lives. Stories abound regarding the steam locomotive and what made them special. This is a history of the steam locomotives owned by New Zealand's national railway system. Numbering more than a thousand, they were enormously varied - ranging from little over five tons to almost 148 tons in weight, and from the occasional failure to trend-setting designs of international significance. This stunning book combines the best available research with the largest collection of photographs on the subject ever assembled. The book is not the full story of each class; that would be an impossible task given the limits of a single volume. Each locomotive is described by class beginning at A and ending at Y with brief specifications, builders and years built and operated begin each section. The text then describes the circumstances that led to the acquisition or building of the class, the type of work they performed, significant modifications made, the decline and withdrawal of each class, and the existence of any preserved examples. Along the way we are informed about the basic structure of the NZR numbering system and the variations made over the years. Interesting mention is made of average annual mileages run by the various classes, and the running cost per mile travelled. Locomotives that did not receive a cl

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