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New Zealand diesel preservation progress

LEADING New Zealand diesel preservation group the Diesel Traction Group (DTG) has begun restoration of New Zealand Railways’ (NZR) first mainline loco, which was built by English Electric (EE) in 1954. 

This follows the successful return to main line use of Australian EE-built loco No. Di 1102 last year, the only survivor of five locos built at EE’s Rocklea Works in Brisbane in 1966. 

Di 1102, with Dg 772 behind, outside the DTG’s depot at Ferrymead, near Christchurch, on March 2. PHIL BARNES

It was based on the Queensland Railways 1620 class as a potential alternative to the EMD G16/G8 (NZR DA/DB) designs, although NZR bought no more than initial five Dis. The class was equipped with a 1,012 HP EE 6CSRKT engine. 

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