The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 5, Issue 9 (April 1, 1931)
Locomotive Renewal Programme — Design of Powerful Unit Proceeding
Locomotive Renewal Programme
Design of Powerful Unit Proceeding.
With a view to ascertaining the present condition regarding locomotive rolling stock on the New Zealand Railways in so far as obsolescence and cognate factors influence the question of locomotive efficiency and economy, responsible officers of the mechanical engineering staff have recently made a comprehensive survey of the position and embodied their findings in a report to the management.
Following upon the recommendations of the engineers the commencement of a programme of locomotive replacements has been authorised.
In accordance with this policy, Mr. P. R. Angus, A.M.I.Mech.E., Assistant-Chief Mechanical Engineer, has put in hand the design of a general utility engine of powerful type.
The new engines are being designed to meet the special conditions obtaining in New Zealand, and will embody the latest improvements in locomotive practice overseas. They will have a capacity approximately 50 per cent. greater than units of the existing “Ab” class engines, with the added advantage that the trailing bogie of the new engines will be so built that a “Booster” can later be conveniently fitted if provision of this added power is found necessary.
The outline drawing which is featured below will give readers an impression of the general characteristics of the proposed new locomotive units.
The design of the new engines is already appreciably advanced in the Department's drawing office in Wellington, and it is confidently anticipated that constructional work will be commenced during the present year.
The distance the air is from being either really safe or fully comfortable for human freight is indicated in two recent news items. The first gives the record of the British Royal Air Force and shews 53 crashes and 63 fatalities for eleven months of 1930. In the second the discomforts and what might be termed the subsidiary dangers of air travel are surprisingly revealed in the plea of Imperial Airways for the sale of intoxicants on air-liners “experience having shewn that they are required by passengers not wholly in connection with meals, but also because of air sickness.” A further claim is made that pilots should be free to drink during a flight if they wanted to, as they “occasionally required a stimulant owing to the intense cold at high altitudes.”page 8
Snow-Pinnacled Grandeur of the New Zealand Alps.
(Photos, J. D. Pascoe.)
The above illustrations depict some of the beautiful mountain scenes in the little-known region of the Southern Alps (Mathias Pass), between, Whitcomebe Pass to the south and Browning's Pass to the north. This region was recently traversed by members of the Canterbury Mountaineering Club (shewn in illustration 10) who succeeded in reaching the summit of fifteen virgin peaks in the area. (1) Shews a flooded canyon creek; (2) an unnamed peak; (3) the base camp; (4) valley of the Whitcombe River; (5) panorama shewing various peaks; (6) a hanging glacier; (7) valley of the Upper Mathias River; (8) Kea Pass from the Agassiz Range;—(9) rock peak of Mt. Marion; (11) Shafto Peak and Mt. Bryce.