Friday, April 13, 2018

Fiat railcar on Cass Bank, early 1978

Very near the end of the use of these railcars, a group of enthusiasts arranged for some photo stops with this Christchurch bound twinset.

This pic by Mark Denne shows it near the top of the Cass Bank with Lake Sarah and the Southern Alps devoid of snow as the background.  Another photo from a different camera position was in the book The Midland Line.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Interesting name as these railcars were not Italian-built but locally-made and just had an Italian diesel FIAT engine. In the Italian railways of the 1950s and 1960s mainline traction locomotives powered with FIAT diesel engines had a dismal reputation. They were seriously underpowered and quite mechanically unreliable.