“Classifying New Zealand’s Locomotives”. ISBN 978-1-927329-19-1. NZD $20.00. Postage free within New Zealand. Overseas postage charged at cost.
“A fascinating railway detective story.” New Zealand Railfan.
“Contains much interesting information.” New Zealand Railway Observer.
68 pages of which 12 including the covers are printed in full colour. A4 format, staple bound.
New Zealand’s present-day national rail operator, KiwiRail, continues to use an alphabetic motive power classification system that dates all the way back to 1876. “Classifying New Zealand’s Locomotives” tells the story of this system, explains the derivation of each classification awarded over the past 140 years, and describes the system’s ever evolving rules and eccentricities.
Approximately 260 photographs are used to illustrate every class of locomotive, railcar and multiple unit, from the earliest, right up to the latest, plus most major variants. Unclassified locomotives are dealt with in brief. 16 pages are devoted to a unique illustrated alphabetical listing of all the classes.
STEAM LOCOMOTIVES 1876-1882
STEAM LOCOMOTIVES 1883-1901
STEAM LOCOMOTIVES 1902-1909
STEAM LOCOMOTIVES & RAILCARS 1910-1931
STEAM LOCOMOTIVES 1932 ONWARDS
DIESEL & PETROL RAILCARS 1916 TO DATE
ELECTRIC LOCOMOTIVES 1923 TO DATE
ELECTRIC PASSENGER VEHICLES 1926 TO DATE
SMALL SHUNTERS 1931 TO DATE
DS SERIES SHUNTERS 1949 TO DATE
MAINLINE DIESEL-ELECTRIC LOCOMOTIVES 1952 TO DATE
ILLUSTRATED LIST OF CLASSIFICATIONS