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Lumsden locomotive emerges from mud after 93 years

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In true Blue Peter fashion here is one that was pulled from the Oreti River in Southland and restored earlier !!!!!!!!!!!!! Rogers K 88 "Washington'  



Several steam locomotives have been recovered from the Oreti River including K88 & K 94https://www.odt.co.nz/lifestyle/travel/resurrecting-railway-magic-mandeville

The recovery and restoration is usually carried out by local vintage groups and individuals including farmers and business people than conventional railway enthusiast groups.




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13 hours ago, minister_for_hardship said:

It's interesting the dalliance with US practice early on in NZ instead of the expected colonial British offerrings as in Australia.

NZ turned towards towards US practice mainly because locos were more suited to local conditions and the US builders delivered their locos on time an to spec.

The tipping point towards US practice arose when Baldwin quickly supplied an order of standard DRG 60 Class 2-8-0s to ease a locomotive crisis, which arose as a result of the late delivery of an order of similar 2-8-0s from Nasmyth Wilson. The British locos were substantially heavier than specified, the builders attempts to reduce the weight contributed to the delay in delivery and problems in service.

The American locos were more suited to NZ "frontier conditions" with cheaply built lines to open up country to settlement and very basic workshop facilities. 



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