Story: Railways

F-class locomotive

F-class locomotive

The F-class locomotive, and to a lesser extent the D-class, were the workhorses of New Zealand’s railways in the 19th century. These small British-built tank engines sometimes had a working life of 100 years. Some rebuilt engines were still in use in the 1960s.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, James McAllister Collection (PAColl-3054)
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Neill Atkinson, 'Railways - Building the rail network', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 April 2024)

Story by Neill Atkinson, published 11 Mar 2010, reviewed & revised 11 Mar 2016