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Mitchell Library, North British Locomotive Co Collection

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NBL Locomotive, New Zealand

This goods train on a level crossing in New Zealand in 1952 is being hauled by a JA Class locomotive built by the North British Locomotive Co. A distinctive feature of this class is that the locomotives were oil-fired, with a large, shaped tank carrying 1,400 gallons of fuel oil fitted into the coal space in the Vanderbilt tender.

The 4-8-2 locomotive was one of a order of sixteen built at the Hyde Park Works in Springburn for New Zealand Railways, shipped out in 1951. Based on the earlier J Class, this was the last class of steam locomotive to enter service in New Zealand. The post-war boom for the company would soon be over.

Between 1903 and 1953, a total of 141 engines were supplied to New Zealand by the North British Locomotive Co. A preserved JA Class locomotive still runs on the Glenbrook Vintage Railway in New Zealand at the beginning of the 21st century.

Reference: NBL 131

Reproduced with the permission of Glasgow City Council, Libraries Information and Learning

Keywords:
Class JA, engines, Glenbrook Vintage Railway, goods trains, Hyde Park Works, level crossings, NBL, New Zealand Railways, North British Locomotive Co, oil-fired locomotives, Vanderbilt tenders



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