NZR D class (1929)

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NZR D class
Trial run of Clayton D class locomotive, no 1 at Silverstream ATLIB 191156.png
Trial run of Clayton D class locomotive No 1 at Silverstream
Type and origin
Build date1929
 • Whyte0-4-0
Driver dia.42
Loco weight25.7 long tons (26.1 t; 28.8 short tons)
 • Firegrate area
12.5 sq ft (1.16 m2)
Boiler pressure300 lbf/in2 (2.07 MPa)
Heating surface320 sq ft (30 m2)
Cylinders4, vertical
Cylinder size7 in × 10 in (178 mm × 254 mm)

The NZR D class of 1929 comprised one 0-4-0 tank locomotive that was built for the New Zealand Railways Department by the Clayton Wagons Ltd in Lincoln, England.


Originally, D 1 was purchased for railcar type service but it was not successful. It had a White-Forster type boiler designed for a working pressure of 300 psi (2,068 kPa), had four vertical cylinders housed in the rear of the cab and was high geared. At a normal engine speed of 400 rpm, the unit was calculated to develop 200 horsepower (150 kW). The engine drove a central transverse jackshaft through reduction gearing, the drive from the jackshaft being transmitted to the wheels through conventional side rods.

Working Life[edit]

On arrival in New Zealand, D 1 was found to be more than 25 percent heavier than the specified maximum of 20 long tons (20.3 t; 22.4 short tons) and after trials in Wellington was allocated for use as a shunting engine at the Otahuhu workshops. However it never proved satisfactory and was written off in 1936 and scrapped and D 1 did not survive to be preserved.

Notes and references[edit]



  • Millar, Sean (2011). The NZR Steam Locomotive. New Zealand Railway and Locomotive Society. ISBN 9780908573899.
  • Palmer, A.N.; Stewart, W.W. (1965). Cavalcade of New Zealand Locomotives. A H. & A W. Reed. ISBN 9780207945007.
  • Stewart, W. W. (1974). When Steam was King. A. H. & A. W. Reed Ltd. ISBN 0-589-00382-8.