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New Zealand Steam Finale by John Cooke and John Vogel, Published by Collins, 1979, 1st Edition, Hardcover, Pgs 160, 163 b&w + 37 coloured photos.

Condition: Dust jacket in near new condition as is book, slight curling at top, boards good, no markings or inscriptions within, clean and bright throughout.

In 1952 New Zealand Government Railways made the decision to move towards dieselisation. Over the next 20 years the with the steady withdrawal of locomotives the demise of steam as the motive force occurred closing the greatest era in the history of New Zealand rail transport. With the development of the main Trunk line and various branch lines throughout the country rail had become the backbone of the transport network, both passenger and freight. Few New Zealanders could say that their lives had not been impacted by rail and the giant engines with their plumes of smoke and distinct whistles. This authors in photo and text recollect this times, the engines, the workshops, the stations, memorable scenes, and some spectacular photos that bring back memories of the trains, their freights, passenger expresses, mixed trains. This is one of the landmark books of New Zealand Rail History – specifically steam locomotives which by 1971 had officially been withdrawn. Please click here to ask a question
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