Monday, August 29, 2011

Da days

The New Zealand Railways DA class was the NZ version of the General Motors EMD G12 export diesel-electric loco of the 1950s, which were sold to numerous countries.  The dimensions for NZ were reduced a bit because of the country's tight loading gauge. All up NZR bought 146 of the A1A-A1A type and by the 1960s they became the standard mainline locos on the North Island system, steadily replacing steamers.

This NZR publicity view from the early 1970s shows a pair with a freight train on the NIMT central section, what looks like the Mangaweka area.  For more info and pictures, see our books.

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