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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 3, Issue 1 (May 1, 1928)



Having run their course several of the locomotives imported by the Department in 1901 from America have been dismantled at Newmarket Workshops. Twenty-seven years would appear to be a rather short life for locomotives as we know them in New Zealand. The fact that some of the engines imported from Britain as far back as the middle seventies are still running well and giving good service, is excellent proof of the staying quality of the British-made article.

The Department has not ordered any locomotives from America since 1901 (with the exception of ten from the Baldwin Works at Philadelphia during the war), its locomotive requirements being supplied by its own and other N.Z. workshops (supplemented occasionally by locomotives of British manufacture). With the completion of the Department's workshops building programme all locomotive and other rolling stock will be manufactured in the Dominion.

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