27th February 1954

New Zealand Railway & Locomotive Society (Auckland Branch)
South Auckland Rail Tour

Loco Used NZR: Ab 660 (NZR Addington 4-6-2 Pacific; Works no. 185 of 1917)
Stock Used 4 carriages

Route :

Loco Route
Ab 660 Auckland - Newmarket - Onehunga
Ab 660 Onehunga - Penrose Junction
Ab 660 Penrose Junction - Paerata - Waiuku
Ab 660 (2) Waiuku - Papakura
Ab 660 Papakura - (via Waterfront Route) - Auckland

Notes :
(1) Graeme McClare comments: This tour was the first special train solely for railway enthusiasts in New Zealand. It was organised by the newly-formed Auckland Branch of this society, and commemorated the first 10 years of the parent society’s existence.  The train comprised of steam locomotive Ab 660 (which was borrowed from Frankton Junction as none of the Auckland Ab engines were considered in good enough condition for such a run) and four carriages.  There were 146 passengers.
(2) Loco running tender-first.

Sources : John Debens & NZR&LS (courtesy of Graeme McClare, Archives Assistant)

Photo Review

Ab 660 posing on Bridge No. 1 of the Waiuku Branch, not far from the
 junction with the mainline at Paerata (photo: E.J. McClare)

From The John Debens Ticket Collection.

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