Saturday, January 9, 2021

NZ's highest viaduct -- Mohaka

Near the small settlement of Raupunga between Napier and Wairoa, this was built between 1930 and 1937 by the Public Works Department for NZR. The gully was the biggest natural obstacle on the whole Napier-Gisborne line, some of which is still mothballed. 

It is 276.8 metres (908 ft) in length, and at 95 metres (312 ft) high, is the tallest viaduct in Australasia.  Here it is crossed by a steam-hauled passenger special.  For lots more, see our books, in particular New Zealand 1950s Steam in Colour.

British Railways class 45 'Peak' diesel-electric locomotive art

A painting by Nick Harling of BR Class 45 "Peak" No. D60 Lytham St Annes as it accelerates through Rusher Cutting Tunnel in Millers Dale with a Manchester to London express, 1960s. 

A total 127 of the 1-Co-Co-1 type were built between 1960 and 1962. All were withdrawn from service by 1989.

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1951 Ford Vedette

 "The vehicle which merits its name" -- vedette can translate as "star".

Gisborne battery trams, NZ, circa 1920

Two of the fleet of four are in this press photo along Gladstone Road.  It doesn't seem as if internal combustion had made much of an appearnace. The battery trams were withdrawn in 1929. See earlier posts and our books.