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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 1, Issue 3 (July 24, 1926)

Shipping De Luxe Sleeping Car — Dunedin To Wellington

Shipping De Luxe Sleeping Car
Dunedin To Wellington

On Friday, 14th May, the De Luxe Sleeping Car exhibited at the Dunedin Exhibition was shipped per Waihemo to Wellington for use on the Main Trunk.

The photograph shows shipping in operation.

The lift of 17 tons necessitated the provision of special lifting gear, which was designed and made at Hillside Workshops.

The Hillside gear in conjunction with the ship's lifting gear proved very satisfactory, and the shipping operation was conducted without a hitch.

The ship's slings were attached to the lifting rods provided, the car being lifted straight off the bogies to a height of about 20 feet, sufficient to clear the ship's side.

The derrick was then pulled in ship at right angles to the mast, and the car then lowered on to packing blocks.

This was one of the largest lifts as regards bulk ever carried out at any port in the Dominion, and reflects credit on the Union Company's officers and the Railway officers concerned.

The measurements of the car were approximately 60 feet long by 10 feet wide by 13 feet high.