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G class steam locomotive, NZR 98, Garratt type, [ca 1928]

Reference Number: APG-0247-1/2-G

No 98, a G class steam locomotive originally built by Beyer Peacock (Manchester, England), type 4-6-2 + 2-6-4, which was in service from June 1929 to September 1937. One of 3 imported, this type of locomotive was the first and only one in New Zealand to have a mechanical stoker, and also the first to employ power reversing, exhaust-steam injection, and grease-lubricating driving axle-boxes. The locomotives were not successful in NZ as the Gresley conjugated valve gear gave trouble, and the mechanical stoker couldn't handle the irregular sizes of unscreened local coals, and so they had little service. In 1937 they were cut up to provide component parts for 6 "G" class "Pacifics" constructed at Hillside Railway Workshops. Because of further difficulties with these modifications they were confined to freight service on the Midland and South Lines (South Island). Withdrawn 1956. Photograph taken by Albert Percy Godber, probably ca 1928, after arrival from England and during assembly. See "When steam was king" by W W Stewart and "Register of New Zealand Railways steam locomotives, 1863-1971" by W G Lloyd.

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1 image, related to Steam-engines, Locomotives and Locomotives - Valve gears.

Part of:
Godber, Albert Percy, 1875-1949 :Collection of albums, prints and negatives, Reference Number PA-Group-00048 (2024 digitised items)

Extent: 1 b&w original negative(s)Dry plate glass negative 6.5 x 4.75 inches. Horizontal imageSingle negative

Conditions governing access to original: Partial restriction - Negatives are not available for viewing. Surrogate copies will be provided.

Citation: Any publication must be accompanied by the credit "A P Godber Collection, Alexander Turnbull Library".

Other copies available: File print available in Turnbull Library Pictures385. Railways. Locomotives. Steam. G Class(PFP-023632)

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