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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 3, Issue 11 (March 1, 1929)

The New Garratt Engines

The New Garratt Engines.

Writing in regard to the three Garratt locomotives recently shipped from England for the New Zealand Railways; the General Manager of Messrs. Beyer, Peacock and Co., Ltd., states that these engines are the finest examples of Garratt locomotives they have ever built, incorporating as they do so many new and up-to-date features and, incidentally, being the first they have fitted with mechanical stokers. “I am very anxious,” continues Mr. Whitney, “to hear how these engines acquit themselves, and I sincerely hope that they do well and show up to considerable advantage as compared with the orthodox type of locomotive now in use on your railways.

“We have in hand some Garratt locomotives for the South African Railways, which will be the largest locomotives ever built in Great Britain and also the largest in operation outside the U.S.A. They will weigh no less than 220 tons in running order.”