West Coast Historical and Mechanical Society

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L 508 with a train at Shantytown station

The West Coast Historical and Mechanical Society is based at the Shantytown Heritage Park. The society has three steam locomotives and one diesel. One loco, Kaitangata (otherwise known as "Katie") is a 0-6-0st steam locomotive built by Sharp, Stewart & Co. in 1896. It is an improved version of the 88 F class locomotives.[1][2]

Locomotives and Rolling Stock[edit]

The society has 5 steam locomotive plus a diesel shunter:

  • An 'A' class locomotive class locomotive (otherwise known as "Opossum")
  • Heisler 1494
  • Climax 1203
  • Kaitangata 4270 "Katie"
  • L 508 "Gertie"
  • TR 107 "Rosie"

They also have in care of the remains of A 65 and two bush diesel locos from the Dispatch Foundry. Plus two other locos from the foundry with one on static display and one awaiting restoration. TR 38 was once preserved by the Society, but was on-sold to The Plains Railway on 4 January 1982.

Locomotives[edit]

Key: In service In service, Mainline Certified Under overhaul/restoration Stored Static display Scrapped
Number Builder Builder's number Year built Arrived at Shantytown Notes
Opossum E.W. Mills n/a 1875 1986 Built for the NZR in 1875. When it arrived it was placed into storage at Foxton. It was then sold to Butler & O\'Connor, GM in 1877. It only lasted a year there until being on-sold Public Works Department, Harbour Works. Then to the Greymouth Harbour Board in 1884 and Ogilvie\'s, Gladstone in 1911. Stored in Greymouth from 1958 until 1986 when it was purchased by the society. Stored until 2009 when restoration commenced for it to be placed on static display. This was complete in 2012.[2]
Climax 1203 Climax Manufacturing Co. 1203 1913 1971 Built for Potate Timber Company for their Matapuna plant in 1913. In 1916 it was the sold to Pukuweka Smls at Mananui. In 1939 it was then on-sold to Ellis & Burnand for their Mananui (1939), Mangapehi (1944) and Ongarue (1953) plants. In 1963 it was then stored at Ongarue then at Mangapehi (1968) and Greymouth (1971). In 1968 it was purchased by John Melse. In 1971 it was then leased to the society and stored until 1973 when restoration commenced. It was recomissioned in 1980. In 1988 Melse donated it to the society. It was withdrawn from service in 2002 and has been in storage since.[2]
Heisler 1494 Heisler - Stearns n/a 1494 1969 Built for Midland Saw Milling, Camerons in 1924. It was then sold to New Forest Sawmills, Ngahere in 1929. Then to Unused, Kangaroo Creek in 1958. In 1966 it was placed into storage. In 1969 it was purchased by the society. Stored until 2010 when restoration commenced for it to be placed on static display. This was complete in 2012.[2]
Kaitangata 4270 Sharp, Stewart & Co 4270 1897 1971 Built for the Kaitangata Coal & Railway Company in 1896. Entered service a year later and was withdrawn in 1971. Purchased by the society in the same year and stored until the 1979 where restoration commenced. Recomissioned a year later. It was placed in its first 10-year overhaul from 1990 to 1991. Serviceable until 2004 when it was withdrawn for another 10-year overhaul. Serviceable again from 2005. In 2014 it was withdrawn from service for another 10-year overhaul. It has been named "Katie" in preservation.[2]
L 508 Avonside Engine Co. 1206 1877 1998 Entered NZR service in 1877 as L 208. Withdrawn in 1901 and sold to the Public Works Department and reclassified as PWD 508. On-sold to Porland Cement and reclassified as PC 7. It was then purchased by the now defunct Tauranga Historic Village in 1974. Purchased by the society in 1998 and recommissioned in 2004. It has been named "Gertie" in preservation. The locomotive's boiler ticket will expire in 2014.[3]
TR 107 (TMS: TR 396) A & G Price 176 1957 2005 Entered NZR service in May 1957. During this time it was reclassified as WW 4733 by the Ways and Works Department at Middleton. It was later reclassified back as TR 107. Renumbered as TR 396 in 1978 and withdrawn in 2005. Purchased by the society in the same year. It was used until 2007 when withdrawn from service for a restoration. This was completed in 2008 and it now wears a green livery with "Infants Creek Tramway" written above the long hood. It has named "Rosie" in preservation.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Entry includes Steam Train Rides through native rainforest along an original bush tramline". shantytown.co.nz. Retrieved 2014-08-12. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "New Zealand Rolling Stock Register". nzrsr.co.nz. Retrieved 2014-08-12. 
  3. ^ "New Zealand Rolling Stock Register". nzrsr.co.nz. Retrieved 2014-08-12. 
  4. ^ "New Zealand Rolling Stock Register". nzrsr.co.nz. Retrieved 2014-08-12. 

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