NZR 56-foot carriage

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NZR A class
56-foot carriage
TGR 56er.JPG
A NZR 56-foot carriage in service for the Dunedin Railways at Dunedin Railway Station
In service 1937 - 2014
Manufacturer New Zealand Railways Department (NZR)
Built at Otahuhu, Auckland
Addington, Christchurch
Constructed 1937 - 1945
Operator(s) Tranz Scenic, Dunedin Railways
Line(s) served various
Specifications
Car length 56 feet (17.07 m)
Track gauge 3 ft 6 in (1,067 mm)
The TranzAlpine, which uses up to nine NZR 56-foot carriages

The NZR 56-foot carriage is a class of 17.07 m (56 ft 0 in)-long railway passenger car formerly used on almost all long-distance rail transport in New Zealand. 88 carriages have been preserved.

1927: Prototypes[edit]

The first 56 ft carriages were built in 1927, being a development of the then-standard steel-panel Aa class NZR 50-foot carriages. These first six carriages were 50 ft (15.24 m) cars with lengthened underframes at the ends, and the cars retained the same bogie spacing as the 50 ft (15.24 m) carriages.[1] Designed for sleeper use, these cars were clad in wood initially. All were given the AA classification due to their limited running rights, and were numbered consecutively from AA 1616 to AA 1622. Later they were clad in steel and given new underframes to match the later 56 ft (17.07 m) cars.[1]

1930s-1940s: The second batch[edit]

It was not until 1937 that further 56 ft (17.07 m) cars were built, to a slightly different design. The new cars had different bogie spacing and a more rounded profile, to allow general route availability,[1] they were classed A, with the initial batch being built at Otahuhu Railway Workshops. It took Otahuhu and Addington Railway Workshops until 1945 to complete the class. There was a large amount of variation in the body arrangement between batches, this primarily reflected the carriage's use – 2nd Class (X25480), 1st Class, 1st/2nd Class Composite (X25916) or Semi Sleeping - but there was also variations between carriages intended for North Island and South Island use. South Island 1st Class cars (X25495) were built with pressure ventilation and a coupe compartment at one end, while North Island 1st Class cars (X25485) used roof-based vents like 2nd Class cars, and did not include a coupe. Up to 12 2nd Class cars were converted into 20-bed Ambulance cars for use in World War 2 and after the war were converted for general use, six of which were converted for 1st Class use, with four receiving seats of a more modern design, that were later used for the Endeavour Express and The Connoisseur car. Eight out of 11 Semi Sleeper cars were rebuilt as 16-berth all-sleeper cars, one rebuilt as a 14-berth sleeper because it retained the original 4-berth cabin. 56-ft cars quickly became the mainstay of the passenger fleet, being used on the NZR's important trains in their red livery.

NZR JA class steam loco hauling two NZR 56-foot carriages followed by several NZR 50-foot carriages on an excursion train

The carriages were 56 ft 0 in (17.069 m) long and 11 ft 4 12 in (3.467 m) high. The width was 8 ft 11 in (2.718 m) at the waist reducing to 8 ft 9 12 in (2.680 m) at about window height so that the cars could run over all lines. The extra width allowed second class seating to have one double seat each side of the aisle so seating four per row; but first class cars had seating for three per row, a single seat on one side and two single seats on the other side of the aisle. The seating for passengers was:

  • First class: 31 passengers in single reclining chair seats (a few had 32 or 35 seats)
  • Second class: 56 passengers (initially 59 for some 1939-40 Addington cars with one toilet, but rebuilt to 56-seat with two toilets 1942-43).
  • Composite: 14 first class and 28 second class; total 42 passengers.
  • First class coupe: 29 & 2 triple width seats seating 6; total 35 passengers

The cars had an enclosed vestibule at each end, the first class coupe cars with a small coupe compartment seating 6 had only one lavatory at one end with the coupe compartment at the other end, but most had two lavatories, one at each end, often marked ‘Gents’ and ‘Ladies’. [2]

"Fat Annie" guards van variant[edit]

In 1942 two Guard's vans were built on the same 56 ft (17.07 m) type underframe to create vans to match the 56 ft carriage stock.[3] The first two vans had narrow vestibules at both ends, and a further 19 vans built in 1943-44 only had this at one end, these vans were used on principal expresses in both Islands until the 1980s.

1970s: 'blue' upgrade[edit]

NZR began overhauling a number of 56 ft (17.07 m) cars for a new South Island train called the "Southerner". These carriages were painted blue with a light blue stripe bordered by gold on the sides and white roofs, and received new seating and upholstery to match, some carriages were highly modified into buffet cars, the first buffet cars on NZR since 1918. Classified AB, these cars had a kitchenette and a full-length buffet counter installed. A similar set of cars was upgraded in the North Island for the new "Endeavour" train from Wellington to Napier. Another set of carriages (including sleeping cars) was overhauled for a new overnight train between Wellington and Auckland called the "Northerner", these cars were the first to be turned out with the new "Supavent" style of windows,[1] and were painted a mustard yellow instead of blue. All these new carriages were running on new bogies, after a successful trial of a new "deluxe" bogie under 56 ft car A 1622. The bogie type used was initially the same as the FS steam heat vans (X27750, known as a "Kinki" bogie), and later the type of bogie pioneered under the NZR FM guards vans (X28020, known as an "FM" bogie), heavily based on the type of bogies used under the Silver Star classed X28250. This improved the ride quality of the carriages.

1980s: Panoramic glazing[edit]

AO 175 while on an excursion.

The next major change for the 56 ft carriage fleet occurred in 1988: the first carriage with 1m-high panoramic windows, AS2500, was introduced in the South Island for use on the TranzAlpine Express and later re-numbered ASO27,[1] and was quickly followed by further upgraded carriages, primarily on the TranzAlpine. The 2nd servery car upgraded to this large window configuration was to be numbered AS2517 but was released as ASO 14 – the O for Observation denoted the large panoramic windows, and subsequent cars followed this classification. Further carriages were upgraded over the next five years, and some were fitted with air conditioning, a feature not previously used in New Zealand carriages. Four carriages were modified with lounge seating and a large panoramic window in one end, one car incorporating a servery, but no special classification distinguished these cars from the other AOs or ASOs. Other carriages were given upgraded seating and new paint colours but remained on the older style bogies and without air conditioning, for commuter and charter use. Later, some of these cars included air conditioning but retained the smaller Supavent windows

Current use of 56ft Carriages[edit]

56 ft carriages with large observation windows were kept as a charter fleet, but otherwise are no longer used on mainline passenger services. A large number of 56 ft (17.07 m) cars are now either with small train operating companies (Taieri Gorge Railway, 13 carriages) or in preservation with many railway societies, some which use the cars on main line excursions. None of the car-van variant remain in use, their use having been supplanted by the newer FM/AG vans. However, examples exist in preservation; in 2014 all of the large observation windows carriages were withdrawn from service due to them not complying with KiwiRails zero-harm policy. They are now stored in Middlemarch.

Dunedin Railways[edit]

Dunedin Railways branded AO class carriage at Dunedin Railway Station.

While KiwiRail has phased out 56-foot (17.07 m) carriages, Dunedin tourism operator Dunedin Railways is phasing them in. Due to the tight tunnel clearances on their Taieri Gorge route,[4] Dunedin Railways is unlikely to be able to use imported carriages such as are becoming widespread on other New Zealand routes.

In September 2007 Dunedin Railways announced it had purchased 12 NZR 56-foot carriages formerly used on the Wairarapa Connection, the first of these, A2325, was prepared at a cost of $45,000 and ready in September 2008. Although A2325 was the first car put in service, a 13th 56 ft car A2095 had been purchased earlier and conversion begun to a buffet car, which entered service in Nov 2009. Entering service in Oct 2009 was A2277,[5] the company anticipated having three carriages in service by the end of 2008, and all 12 by 2013.[6] The upgrade included new seating, carpets, toilets and external paint, the railway intends to refurbish three carriages each year.[7] They also have big window car AO 77 and ex-Southerner car A 3022 in their 56' foot carriage fleet.

Heritage Railways[edit]

Many other heritage groups have acquired examples of the 56-foot (17.07 m) carriages for use on heritage railways or mainline excursions. Most prominent among these is Steam Incorporated, who own twelve carriages of this type (though not all are operational). Mainline Steam also own a further six, five purchased from KiwiRail in 2011 and one, A 2044, purchased in 2007 after years of service as a stationary restaurant beside the Te Kuiti station platform.

The Feilding District Steam & Railway have a further ten in their collection (nine owned by FDSR and one leased from the Silverstream Railway), and have a total of four carriages operating from this fleet. The Rimutaka Incline Railway has five, and the Glenbrook Vintage Railway has three which are mainline certified. Other groups either own carriages of this type or lease them through the Rail Heritage Trust.

Current trains using 56-foot carriages[edit]

South Island[edit]

Current trains no longer using 56-foot carriages[edit]

North Island[edit]

South Island[edit]

Former trains that used 56-foot carriages[edit]

North Island[edit]

South Island[edit]

Classification[edit]

An AO Class NZR 56-foot carriage on the Northern Explorer at Papakura during temporary withdrawal of the AK class carriage fleet.
  • A passenger car
  • AL car-van (with luggage compartment)
  • AO panoramic windows
  • AS servery
  • ASO panoramic windows and servery
  • F guards van

Class Registers[edit]

Carriages[edit]

Original no. TMS no. Builder Introduced Withdrawal Notes
A 1856 A 1007 NZR Otahuhu Workshops November 1938 March 1988
A 1857 A 1015 NZR Otahuhu Workshops November 1938 March 1988
A 1858 NZR Otahuhu Workshops November 1938 October 1977
A 1859 A 56916 NZR Otahuhu Workshops December 1938 November 1982 Preserved, Steam Incorporated. Still in original 1st class configuration.
A 1860 A 56030 NZR Otahuhu Workshops December 1937 June 2013 Preserved, Railway Enthusiasts Society.
A 1861 A 2001 NZR Otahuhu Workshops January 1938 2007
A 1862 NZR Otahuhu Workshops January 1938 February 1954 Involved in the Tangiwai Rail Disaster.
A 1863 A 56049 NZR Otahuhu Workshops January 1938 Withdrawal date unknown.
A 1864 A 56057 NZR Otahuhu Workshops January 1938 Withdrawal date unknown.
A 1865 AL 2009 NZR Otahuhu Workshops January 1938 Withdrawal date unknown.
A 1866 NZR Otahuhu Workshops January 1938 January 1978
A 1867 A 56065

A 2100

NZR Otahuhu Workshops January 1938 2007
A 1868 A 56073

AL 56095
AS 56073

NZR Otahuhu Workshops January 1938 June 2013 Preserved, Steam Incorporated.
A 1869 A 56081

A 2226
AO 209

NZR Otahuhu Workshops January 1938 March 2008 Preserved, Mainline Steam Heritage Trust.
A 1870 A 56105 NZR Otahuhu Workshops January 1938 1995 Preserved, Steam Incorporated.
A 1871 NZR Otahuhu Workshops January 1939 Withdrawal date unknown.
A 1872 A 1304 NZR Otahuhu Workshops January 1939 June 1987 Preserved, Feilding and District Steam Rail Society.
A 1873 EA 2184 NZR Otahuhu Workshops January 1939 June 1985
A 1874 NZR Otahuhu Workshops January 1939 Withdrawal date unknown.
A 1875 NZR Otahuhu Workshops January 1939 December 1956
A 1876 A 3204

AO 198

NZR Otahuhu Workshops January 1939 November 2014 Stored in Middlemarch.
A 1877 A 3006

AO 238

NZR Otahuhu Workshops January 1939 November 2014 Stored in Middlemarch.
A 1878 A 1312 NZR Otahuhu Workshops July 1937 June 1987
A 1879 NZR Otahuhu Workshops July 1937 Withdrawal date unknown.
A 1880 A 1320 NZR Otahuhu Workshops August 1937 June 1987 Preserved, Canterbury Railway Society.
A 1881 A 1339 NZR Otahuhu Workshops September 1937 June 1987 Private Property, Horopito.
A 1882 EA 2190 NZR Otahuhu Workshops October 1937 June 1985
A 1883 NZR Otahuhu Workshops October 1937 Withdrawal date unknown.
A 1884 A 1023 NZR Otahuhu Workshops January 1940 March 1988 Preserved, Feilding and District Steam Rail Society.
A 1885 A 56924

EA 6174

NZR Otahuhu Workshops January 1940 Withdrawal date unknown.
A 1886 A 1031 NZR Otahuhu Workshops January 1940 March 1988
A 1887 A 1058 NZR Otahuhu Workshops January 1940 March 1988
A 1888 A 1066 NZR Otahuhu Workshops January 1940 March 1988 Private Property, Oakura.
A 1889 A 1074 NZR Otahuhu Workshops January 1940 March 1988
A 1890 A 1082 NZR Otahuhu Workshops January 1940 March 1988 Preserved, Feilding and District Steam Rail Society.
A 1891 NZR Otahuhu Workshops May 1940 Withdrawal date unknown.
A 1892 AB 3505 NZR Otahuhu Workshops May 1940 Withdrawal date unknown.
A 1893 NZR Otahuhu Workshops May 1940 Withdrawal date unknown.
A 1894 A 1090 NZR Otahuhu Workshops May 1940 March 1988
A 1895 A 1106 NZR Otahuhu Workshops July 1940 March 1988
A 1896 A 56113 NZR Otahuhu Workshops March 1941 Withdrawal date unknown. Preserved, Rimutaka Incline Railway Heritage Trust.
A 1897 A 56121 NZR Otahuhu Workshops May 1941 June 2013 Preserved, Railway Enthusiasts Society.
A 1898 AB 3511 NZR Otahuhu Workshops January 1941 Withdrawal date unknown. Preserved, Dunedin Railways.
A 1899 NZR Otahuhu Workshops November 1938 February 1954 Involved in the Tangiwai Rail Disaster.
A 1900 NZR Otahuhu Workshops December 1938 April 1978
A 1901 A 56148

AL 56129

NZR Otahuhu Workshops December 1938 1996 Preserved, Gisborne City Vintage Railway. Mainline certified.
A 1902 A 56156 NZR Otahuhu Workshops December 1938 June 2013 Preserved, Steam Incorporated. Mainline certified.
A 1903 NZR Otahuhu Workshops December 1938 April 1978
A 1904 A 56164

ASO 108

NZR Otahuhu Workshops January 1939 June 2013 Preserved, Feilding and District Steam Rail Society.
A 1905 A 3220

AS 24
AO 169

NZR Otahuhu Workshops December 1938 November 2014 Stored in Middlemarch.
A 1906 A 56172

AL 56072

NZR Otahuhu Workshops January 1940 Withdrawal date unknown.
A 1907 NZR Otahuhu Workshops January 1939 February 1954 Involved in the Tangiwai Rail Disaster.
A 1908 A 56180

A 2333

NZR Otahuhu Workshops January 1939 June 2013 Preserved, Railway Enthusiasts Society.
A 1909 A 56199

AL 56089

NZR Otahuhu Workshops January 1939 1996 Used as bunk rooms at the Rimu Lodge, Ohakune.
A 1910 A 56204 NZR Otahuhu Workshops January 1939 Withdrawal date unknown. Used at the Kumeu Garden Centre.
A 1911 A 2028 NZR Otahuhu Workshops February 1938 2007 Preserved, Dunedin Railways.
A 1912 A 56212

AL 56072

NZR Otahuhu Workshops January 1939 Withdrawal date unknown.
A 1913 A 56220

AL 56043

NZR Otahuhu Workshops February 1938 Withdrawal date unknown. Preserved, Feilding and District Steam Rail Society. Mainline certified.
A 1914 A 56239

AL 2044

NZR Otahuhu Workshops March 1939 Withdrawal date unknown. Preserved, Rimutaka Incline Railway Heritage Trust.
A 1915 NZR Otahuhu Workshops March 1939 February 1954 Involved in the Tangiwai Rail Disaster.
A 1916 A 56247 NZR Otahuhu Workshops March 1939 Withdrawal date unknown. Preserved, Rimutaka Incline Railway Heritage Trust.
A 1917 A 56255

AL 56066

NZR Otahuhu Workshops March 1939 1996 Preserved, Steam Incorporated. Mainline certified.
A 1918 A 56263 NZR Otahuhu Workshops March 1939 2009 Preserved, Railway Enthusiasts Society.
A 1919 NZR Otahuhu Workshops March 1939 Withdrawal date unknown.
A 1920 NZR Otahuhu Workshops March 1939 February 1954 Involved in the Tangiwai Rail Disaster.
A 1921 A 56271

AO 100

NZR Otahuhu Workshops May 1939 July 2013 Preserved, Mainline Steam Heritage Trust.
A 1922 NZR Otahuhu Workshops May 1939 Withdrawal date unknown.
A 1923 A 56298

AL 56106

NZR Otahuhu Workshops May 1939 1990s Used as bunk rooms at the Rimu Lodge, Ohakune.
A 1924 A 56303 NZR Otahuhu Workshops January 1939 Withdrawal date unknown.
A 1925 A 56311 NZR Otahuhu Workshops January 1939 Withdrawal date unknown.
A 1926 A 56402

AL 56112

NZR Otahuhu Workshops June 1939 1996 Preserved, Railway Enthusiasts Society. Mainline certified.
A 1927 A 56410

ASO 110

NZR Otahuhu Workshops July 1937 November 2014 Stored in Middlemarch.
A 1928 A 3389

AS 2500
ASO 27

NZR Otahuhu Workshops July 1939 2013 Preserved, Steam Incorporated.
A 1929 A 1205 NZR Otahuhu Workshops November 1939 March 1988
A 1930 A 3014

AO 152

NZR Addington Workshops November 1939 November 2014 Stored in Middlemarch.
A 1931 A 3303 NZR Addington Workshops December 1939 Withdrawal date unknown.
A 1932 A 3311

AO 77

NZR Addington Workshops December 1939 January 2013 Preserved, Dunedin Railways. Mainline certified.
A 1933 A 3212

AO 221

NZR Addington Workshops December 1939 November 2014 Stored in Middlemarch.
A 1934 A 1213 NZR Addington Workshops December 1939 March 1988
A 1935 A 3338

AC 3548

NZR Addington Workshops December 1939 2001 Preserved, Weka Pass Railway.
A 1936 AB 3528

AO 181

NZR Otahuhu Workshops July 1940 November 2014 Stored in Middlemarch.
A 1937 A 56932 NZR Otahuhu Workshops October 1940 April 1983
A 1938 NZR Otahuhu Workshops October 1940 Withdrawal date unknown.
A 1939 A 56429

AO 175

NZR Otahuhu Workshops August 1939 November 2014 Stored in Middlemarch.
A 1940 A 56437 NZR Otahuhu Workshops August 1939 Withdrawal date unknown.
A 1941 A 56445 NZR Addington Workshops September 1939 Withdrawal date unknown. Private Property, Whanganui.
A 1942 A 56453 NZR Otahuhu Workshops September 1939 Withdrawal date unknown. Preserved, Steam Incorporated.
A 1943 A 56461 NZR Otahuhu Workshops September 1939 Withdrawal date unknown. Preserved, Steam Incorporated.
A 1944 NZR Otahuhu Workshops September 1939 May 1978
A 1945 A 2036 NZR Otahuhu Workshops September 1939 May 1978
A 1946 A 56488 NZR Otahuhu Workshops October 1939 Withdrawal date unknown.
A 1947 A 3239

AO 83

NZR Otahuhu Workshops October 1940 November 2014 Stored in Middlemarch.
A 1948 A 56496 NZR Addington Workshops May 1939 March 2008 Preserved, Railway Enthusiasts Society. Mainline certified.
A 1949 A 56908

A 2127

NZR Addington Workshops May 1939 2007
A 1950 A 56501

A 2325

NZR Otahuhu Workshops May 1939 2007 Preserved, Dunedin Railways. Mainline certified.
A 1951 A 56528

AL 2073

NZR Addington Workshops December 1939 January 2013 Preserved, Dunedin Railways.
A 1952 A 56536 NZR Addington Workshops June 1939 Withdrawal date unknown. Preserved, Waitara Railway Preservation Society.
A 1953 A 56544 NZR Addington Workshops June 1939 2007 Preserved, Steam Incorporated. Mainline certified.
A 1954 A 56552 NZR Addington Workshops June 1939 Withdrawal date unknown. Used at the Kumeu Garden Centre.
A 1955 A 56560

AO 146

NZR Addington Workshops July 1939 November 2014 Stored in Middlemarch.
A 1956 AL 56579 NZR Addington Workshops August 1939 Withdrawal date unknown.
A 1957 A 56587

A 2143
ASO 151

NZR Addington Workshops August 1939 November 2014 Stored in Middlemarch.
A 1958 A 56595 NZR Addington Workshops June 1939 1999 Private Property, Kingston.
A 1959 A 2119

ASO 136

NZR Addington Workshops September 1939 June 2013 Preserved, Mainline Steam Heritage Trust. Mainline certified.
A 1960 A 56619

A 2218

NZR Addington Workshops September 1939 2007 Preserved, Dunedin Railways. Mainline certified.
A 1961 A 56627

A 2242

NZR Addington Workshops March 1939 2007 Preserved, Dunedin Railways. Mainline certified.
A 1962 A 56635

A 2234
A 56333

NZR Addington Workshops March 1939 June 2013 Preserved, Steam Incorporated.
A 1963 AL 2015 NZR Addington Workshops March 1939 2001 Scrapped, Weka Pass Railway.
A 1964 A 56643

AO 123

NZR Addington Workshops March 1939 June 2013 Preserved, Mainline Steam Heritage Trust. Mainline certified.
A 1965 A 56651

AL 2067

NZR Addington Workshops March 1939 2007
A 1966 A 56678

AO 215

NZR Addington Workshops March 1939 June 2013 Preserved, Mainline Steam Heritage Trust. Mainline certified.
A 1967 A 56686

AL 2050

NZR Addington Workshops March 1939 2007
A 1968 A 56694 NZR Addington Workshops April 1940 Withdrawal date unknown.
A 1969 A 56718

A 2250

NZR Addington Workshops April 1940 2007
A 1970 EA 4769 NZR Otahuhu Workshops June 1945 June 1988 Preserved, Feilding and District Steam Rail Society.
A 1971 A 3346

AO 19

NZR Otahuhu Workshops July 1945 June 2013 Preserved, Mainline Steam Heritage Trust.
A 1972 A 3354

AO 25

NZR Otahuhu Workshops August 1945 June 2013 Preserved, Mainline Steam Heritage Trust.
A 1973 A 3362

AC 3554

NZR Otahuhu Workshops September 1945 Withdrawal date unknown.
A 1974 A 3370

AS 2517
ASO 14

NZR Otahuhu Workshops October 1945 Withdrawal date unknown. Scrapped, Mainline Steam Heritage Trust.
A 1975 A 3022 NZR Otahuhu Workshops November 1945 October 2013 Preserved, Dunedin Railways. Mainline certified.
A 1976 A 3397

AO 60

NZR Otahuhu Workshops November 1939 June 2013 Preserved, Mainline Steam Heritage Trust.
A 1977 AL 2021 NZR Otahuhu Workshops November 1939 2007 Preserved, Dunedin Railways.
A 1978 NZR Otahuhu Workshops November 1939 Withdrawal date unknown.
A 1979 NZR Otahuhu Workshops December 1941 January 1978
A 1980 NZR Otahuhu Workshops December 1941 Withdrawal date unknown.
A 1981 A 56726

A 2151
AO 31

NZR Otahuhu Workshops January 1942 June 2013 Preserved, Mainline Steam Heritage Trust. Mainline certified.
A 1982 A 2044

AS 30

NZR Otahuhu Workshops January 1942 2006 Preserved, Feilding and District Steam Rail Society.
A 1983 A 56734 NZR Addington Workshops January 1942 Withdrawal date unknown. Preserved, Feilding and District Steam Rail Society. Mainline certified.
A 1984 AL 56008 NZR Addington Workshops January 1943 Withdrawal date unknown.
A 1985 EA 2701

A 2309
A 56742

NZR Addington Workshops January 1943 2009 Preserved, Railway Enthusiasts Society.
A 1986 A 2052 NZR Addington Workshops January 1943 2007 Preserved, Dunedin Railways.
A 1987 AL 2038 NZR Addington Workshops May 1943 Withdrawal date unknown.
A 1988 A 56750 NZR Addington Workshops May 1943 Withdrawal date unknown. Preserved, Rimutaka Incline Railway Heritage Trust.
A 1989 A 56769 NZR Addington Workshops May 1943 1996 Withdrawal date unknown. Preserved, Steam Incorporated. Mainline certified.
A 1990 A 56777

A 2186
AS 18

NZR Addington Workshops September 1940 Withdrawal date unknown.
A 1991 A 56785

AL 56037

NZR Addington Workshops September 1940 1996 Preserved, Railway Enthusiasts Society. Mainline certified.
A 1992 A 2060

EA 6709
AO 117

NZR Addington Workshops September 1940 March 2008 Preserved, Feilding and District Steam Rail Society.
A 1993 A 56793

A 2269

NZR Addington Workshops September 1940 2007 Preserved, Dunedin Railways.
A 1994 A 56809

AL 2096

NZR Addington Workshops September 1940 2007 Preserved, Dunedin Railways.
A 1995 AL 56020 NZR Addington Workshops September 1940 2007 Withdrawal date unknown. Private Property, Featherston.
A 1996 A 56817

A 2135
ASO 149

NZR Addington Workshops September 1940 November 2014 Stored in Middlemarch.
A 1997 A 56825

A 2277

NZR Addington Workshops September 1940 2007 Preserved, Dunedin Railways. Mainline certified.
A 1998 A 56833 NZR Addington Workshops November 1940 Withdrawal date unknown. Preserved, Feilding and District Steam Rail Society. Mainline certified.
A 1999 A 56841

EA 6617
ENO 15

NZR Addington Workshops December 1940 2000s Used by DBM Contracting.
A 2000 A 56868 NZR Addington Workshops January 1940 Withdrawal date unknown. Preserved, Rimutaka Incline Railway Heritage Trust.
A 2001 NZR Addington Workshops March 1941 Withdrawal date unknown. Preserved, Feilding and District Steam Rail Society.
A 2002 A 2079 NZR Addington Workshops March 1941 2007 Preserved, Dunedin Railways. Mainline certified.
A 2003 A 56876

A 2194
AO 48

NZR Addington Workshops May 1941 June 2013 Preserved, Mainline Steam Heritage Trust. Mainline certified.
A 2004 A 2087 NZR Addington Workshops May 1941 2000 Preserved by an unknown buyer.
A 2005 A 56884 NZR Addington Workshops June 1941 Withdrawal date unknown. Preserved, Feilding and District Steam Rail Society. Mainline certified.
A 2006 A 56892

A 2178
ASO 1

NZR Addington Workshops July 1941 November 2014 Stored in Middlemarch.
A 2007 A 2095 NZR Addington Workshops June 1943 2007 Preserved, Dunedin Railways. Mainline certified.
A 2008 A 2030

AO 54

NZR Addington Workshops July 1943 November 2014 Stored in Middlemarch.
A 2009 A 3402 NZR Addington Workshops July 1943 Withdrawal date unknown.
A 2010 A 2095 NZR Addington Workshops August 1943 2007 Preserved, Silver Stream Railway.
A 2011 AB 3534 NZR Otahuhu Workshops August 1939 November 1989 Preserved, Steam Incorporated.
A 2012 NZR Addington Workshops August 1943 August 1978
AA 1616 NZR Petone Workshops 1927 Withdrawal date unknown.
AA 1617 NZR Petone Workshops 1927 Withdrawal date unknown.
AA 1618 A 56916 NZR Otahuhu Workshops 1927 August 1982 Preserved, Steam Incorporated. Mainline certified.
AA 1619 NZR Petone Workshops 1927 October 1959
AA 1620 NZR Petone Workshops 1927 Withdrawal date unknown.
AA 1621 A 56014 NZR Petone Workshops 1927 August 1981
AA 1622 NZR Petone Workshops 1927 1977 Scrapped, Glenbrook Vintage Railway.

"Fat Annie" Guard Vans[edit]

Original no. TMS no. Builder Introduced Withdrawal Notes
F 579 FA 38 NZR Otahuhu Workshops October 1936 March 1985
F 580 FA 44 NZR Otahuhu Workshops October 1936 December 1980
F 581 FA 50 NZR Otahuhu Workshops November 1936 August 1983
F 584 FA 67 NZR Otahuhu Workshops January 1937 July 1986
F 585 FA 73 NZR Otahuhu Workshops January 1937 September 1981
F 590 F 1255 NZR Otahuhu Workshops November 1942 1978 Scrapped, Mainline Steam Heritage Trust.
F 591 F 1263 NZR Otahuhu Workshops January 1943 1988 Preserved, Feilding and District Steam Rail Society.
F 592 F 1271 NZR Otahuhu Workshops May 1943 1988
F 593 F 1298 NZR Otahuhu Workshops December 1943 1988 Preserved, Feilding and District Steam Rail Society.
F 594 F 1271 NZR Otahuhu Workshops May 1944 March 1987
F 595 F 1311 NZR Otahuhu Workshops March 1944 July 1986
F 596 F 1338 NZR Otahuhu Workshops March 1944 1988
F 597 EA 6721 NZR Otahuhu Workshops March 1944 Withdrawal date unknown.
F 598 F 1362 NZR Otahuhu Workshops April 1944 Withdrawal date unknown.
F 599 F 1370 NZR Otahuhu Workshops April 1944 April 1985
F 600 F 1389 NZR Otahuhu Workshops May 1944 July 1986
F 601 F 1397 NZR Otahuhu Workshops June 1944 1988 Preserved, Goldfields Railway.
F 602 F 1402 NZR Otahuhu Workshops June 1944 March 1984
F 603 F 1410 NZR Otahuhu Workshops July 1944 1978
F 604 F 1429 NZR Otahuhu Workshops July 1944 1978
F 605 F 1437

EA 6715

NZR Otahuhu Workshops August 1944 1996 Preserved, Rimutaka Incline Railway Heritage Trust.
F 606 F 2367 NZR Otahuhu Workshops December 1943 March 1987
F 607 F 2375 NZR Otahuhu Workshops January 1944 March 1987
F 608 F 2383 NZR Otahuhu Workshops March 1944 March 1987
F 609 F 2391

EA 7207

NZR Otahuhu Workshops March 1944 1990 Preserved, Steam Incorporated.
F 610 F 1445

EA 7150

NZR Otahuhu Workshops March 1944 1988 Preserved, Feilding and District Steam Rail Society.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Research Notes on Cars, Part 17: 56ft Carriages, by Juliet Scoble
  2. ^ New Zealand Railways Passenger Rolling Stock Plan Book, Volume One by Fred Lee (2003, NZRLS Wellington) ISBN 978-0-908573-80-6
  3. ^ John Agnew, NZPassengerCars Yahoo Group
  4. ^ "Technical information' on Taieri Gorge Railway website, retrieved 2009-05-10
  5. ^ Peter McCallum, NZHT-Rail Yahoo Group
  6. ^ Stevens, Sam (13 September 2008). "New Taieri Gorge carriage on display". Otago Daily Times. Retrieved 2008-09-14. 
  7. ^ New Zealand Railway Observer, December 2008-January 2009

External links[edit]