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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

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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