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The NZR Ab Class locomotive can be a bit of a nightmare for modellers and historians. Having had a comparatively long life, there were quite a few modifications made to them, such as the ballast block, repositioned Westinghouse Brake pump, Exhaust Steam Injector, re-piped front brake hose, and tenders. The latter is somewhat problematic, as the original tenders were a weak point and (apparently) sometimes swapped as a loco went in for servicing. New Zealand Railfan (December 2004) published an excellent article by Jack McClare documenting the tender swaps. The first rule of modelling applies: find a photograph of the desired subject, in the desired place and time, and model it in that state! Hopefully these tables will help locate appropriate photographs.

I have gone through all of my references and collated a database of images, so that I could prove that a certain percentage had Exhaust Steam Injectors. I will extend this to other major modifications such as the type of tender (G or original) and other details if time permits. In the meantime this could be a valuable resource for modellers, as long as they have the same books available. This listing is the best I can do with the library I have at hand, I am sure there are more references available. Any additional help is appreciated, e-mail me@brians-place.com.nospam (remove the ".nospam").

Contents

Reference Table

Publication Abbreviations

Ab's with G Tenders

 

Reference Table

Loco No ESI Publication Pub. Date page Dated Location
608 N FTS 62 1958 TIGER HILL
608 N NZMRJ Dec-92 30 1939 DUNEDIN
608 N SSS 129 1964 DUNEDIN
608 N SSS 130 1964 DUNEDIN
610 ? PT 2001 Feb 1968 Little Grey River bridge
610 N NZMRJ Dec-90 31 1927 DUNEDIN
610 Y NZMRJ Oct-96 31 1956 MOTUKARAKA
611 ? NZMRJ Apr-03 26 1940 Riccarton
612 ? NZMRJ Oct-95 16 1957 HAWARDEN
612 Y FCB February 1965 Weka Pass, Waiau, photo 8018398834
612 Y FCB February 1965 Weka Pass, Waiau, photo 8018400807
615 Y NZMRJ Oct-96 30 1956 BELFAST
616 Y TLD 79 03/65 Weka Pass
617 ? NZMRJ Apr-03 27 1938 Mina
631 N NZMRJ Jun-01 17 1950's Otoko Station
658 N SSS 130 1966 ST LEONARDS
661 ? NZMRJ Jun-92 16 1956 PALMERSTON NORTH
661 ? NZRF Sep-03 68 1956 Palmerston North
661 N NZRF Oct-97 53 1930'S - 1940'S WHANGAEHU
663 N NZMRJ Aug-94 35 1921 PARNELL TUNNEL
663 Y NZRF Oct-97 4 1997 RAURIMU SPIRAL
688 ? NZMRJ Feb-95 31 1966 SOCKBURN
688 ? TCC 61 1950'S CHCH
688 ? TCC 61 1950's Christchurch
688 Y SIMT Jun-05 116 1957 Picton
689 ? TCC 61 1950'S CHCH
689 ? TCC 61 1950's Christchurch
690 N TLD 110-111 10/67 Dunedin Loco Depot
690 ? TLD 112 Sep-67 Beaumont Gorge
692 Y FCB October 1966 Kaikoura Coast, Photo 8001491738
693 ? TLD 120 1969 Middlemarch
693 N TLD 124 1969 Tairei Gorge
694 ? SSS 140 1966 LAWRENCE
695 ? FTS 119 1960'S TIMARU
696 ? SIMT 1992 90 1958 Picton
697 ? NZMRJ Oct-95 16 1957 LEESTON
697 Y NZMRJ Oct-95 17 1957 HORNBY
699 ? NZRF Jun-95 21 1990'S PLEASANT POINT
699 ? NZRF Oct-98 29 1990'S PLEASANT POINT
699 Y FCB October 1967 Ashburton, photo 7990273466
699 ? TLD 82 09/65 Cavendish
700 ? TLD 29 01/1966 Karangahake Gorge
701 Y(?) SSS 55 1957 STRAND
702 ? NZMRJ Oct-96 32 1959 OTOKO
702 ? NZMRJ Jun-01 16 1950's ANZAC bridge near Tahora Viaduct
702 ? NZMRJ Jun-03 14 1958 Te Karaka
702 ? TLD 82 02/66 Timaru
703 Y SSS 42 1965 ROTOWARO
704 N NZMRJ Jun-92 17 1956 MATATA
704 N SSS 107 1969 GREYMOUTH
705 ? NZMRJ Dec-92 26 1967 TAIREI RIVER
705 ? TLD 113 Tairei Gorge
707 ? NZMRJ Apr-90 16 1951 PALMERSTON NORTH
707 ? TCC 57 1967 CHCH
707 ? TCC 57 1967 Addington
707 N FCB February 1966 Addington, on the Rangiora subbie, photo 7997993655
708 ? NZRF Oct-97 55 1930'S - 1940'S NEW PLYMOUTH
708 ? SSS 74 1965 ARAMOHO
708 ? TLD 55 03/65 Wanganui Loco Depot
708 ? TLD 56 03/65 Waitotara
709 ? NZRF Oct-97 49 1930'S - 1940'S FITZROY
710 ? NZMRJ Oct-99 12 1958 RAKAUROA VIADUCT
711 ? NZRF Oct-97 55 1930'S - 1940'S NEW PLYMOUTH
711 N NZRF Oct-97 59 1930'S - 1940'S TE ROTI
711 N TLD 57 04/64 Opunake
712 N SSS 30 1962 WHANGEREI
712 N SSS 31 1956 DARGAVILLE BR
713 ? FTS 61 1966 OAMARU
714 Y NZRF Jun-96 40 1959 MAHUTA
714 Y NZRF Oct-97 55 1930'S - 1940'S FORDELL
715 Y SSS 46 1956 CAMBRIDGER BR
716 N FTS 36 1958 WANGANUI
717 Y SSS 137 1964 CATLINS RIVER BRANCH
718 ? NZMRJ Feb-95 30 1960'S RAKAIA
718 Y FCB October 1967 Tinwald, on way to Mount Somers, photo 7990268244
718 Y FCB October 1968 Rakaia, Photo 7995272848
718 Y FCB October 1968 Rakaia Methven branch, photo 8010716681
718 Y FCB October 1968 Rakaia Methven branch, photo 8010717711
718 Y FCB October 1967 Tinwald, photo 7990268244
719 ? NZRF Oct-97 34 1949 KINGSTON
720 ? NZMRJ Apr-95 26 1947 LINCOLN
722 ? SSS 103 1962 AITKENS
722 Y NZMRJ Aug-89 12 1950's Elmer Lane Roundhouse, Greymouth (corrected, did say June 2001)
723 ? NZRF Dec-95 44 1937 CHRISTCHURCH
723 ? SSS 103 1962 AITKENS
723 Y NZMRJ Oct-95 17 1956 TIMARU
723 Y WL 3/02/1964 Moana up mixed, photo 103756
724 ? NZMRJ Apr-90 17 1953 SEDDON
725 N NZRF Oct-97 34 1963 KINGSTON
725 N FCB 1968 near Castle Rock, Mossburn Branch Photo 7916591224
725 N FCB February 1968 Oreti River, Mossburn Branch photo 7916586814
725 N FCB February 1968 near Castle Rock, Mossburn Branch Photo 7916581442
726 ? FTS 137 1960 KINGSTON BR
726 ? NZMRJ Oct-92 27 1955 BLUFF
726 ? SSS 143 1960 KINGSTON
726 N NZRF Oct-97 34 1960 KINGSTON
726 ? TLD 124 05/68 Aparima River
726 ? TLD 125 05/68 Orawai to Tuatapere
727 ? NZMRJ Jun-04 43 1968 Alexandra
729 ? NZMRJ Oct-92 27 1955 BLUFF
729 ? SSS 15 1958 FAIRLIGHT
730 ? NZMRJ Apr-98 30 1965 INVERCARGILL
730 N NZMRJ Feb-93 16 1950 KINGSTON
731 N FCB February 1968 Kingston Wharf Photo 790858874
731 N FCB February 1968 Fairlight Photo 7902618134
731 N FCB February 1968 Parawa, Kingston branch photo 7896560730
735 ? NZMRJ Jun-95 17 1966 CROMWELL
735 ? NZMRJ Oct-99 12 1958 RAKAUROA VIADUCT
735 N SSS 15 1966 ROXBURGH BRANCH
736 ? SSS 75 ? MURIWAI
736 N NZMRJ Oct-99 13 1958 WAIKOHU
737 ? NZRF Oct-97 35 1968 KINGSTON
737 N NZMRJ Apr-07 30 <1939 Gisborne ??
738 ? NZMRJ Dec-98 COVER 1953 WELLINGTON
738 ? FCB April 1967 Paekakariki Loco Depot, photo 8084425274
739 ? SSS 75 ? MURIWAI
739 N NZRF Oct-97 55 1930'S - 1940'S PALMERSTON NORTH
740 N NZMRJ Dec-94 30 1956 ESKDALE
742 ? TLD 55 02/66 Waitara
744 ? NZRF Oct-97 54 1930'S - 1940'S TANGAHOE VIADUCT
744 N NZRF Oct-97 54 1930'S - 1940'S WANGANUI
745 N MoSotNIMT 16 28/12/1955 Palmerston North Yard
745 N TFSFB 17/12/1954 Marton
746 ? SSS 124 1964 DUNEDIN
747 ? NZMRJ Apr-98 27 1947 WOODSIDE
747 N NZRF Oct-97 55 1930'S - 1940'S PALMERSTON NORTH
751 Y SSS 77 1965 WAIROA
752 ? FTS 122 1958 MT ALBERT
752 ? SSS 132 1964 CHAIN HILLS
752 Y NZRF Mar-95 44 1961 OTAHUHU
753 ? NZMRJ Apr-94 26 1951 PAEROA
753 Y IS 30-Dec-67 Cavendish, Mount Somers Branch last train, http://www.internationalsteam.co.uk/tales/lythgoe15.htm or http://www.internationalsteam.co.uk/tales/pics11/newzealand11009.jpg
754 ? SSS 92 1968 LINWOOD
754 ? TSOS 19 1969 Rangiora
754 ? TSOS 12 1969 Rangiora
754 N TSOS 122 1969 Waimakariri River Bridge
754 N FCB October 1967 Ashburton, photo 7990259803
754 N FCB October 1967 near Cavendish, Mount Somers Branch, photo 8013672512
754 N FCB October 1968 Waiareka Junction, Ngapara Branch, photo 7975953394
754 ? TLD 82 8/67 Between Cave and Albury
754 ? TLD 82 11/67 Fairlie Turntable in the snow
755 ? NZMRJ Dec-90 8 1967 WESTPORT (LET'S BUILD AN AB)
755 ? NZMRJ Feb-91 25-26 1967 WESTPORT
756 ? NZRF Jun-95 46 1950'S NEWMARKET
757 ? NZRF Oct-97 57 1930'S - 1940'S STRATFORD
759 ? SSS 30 1962 HIKURANGI
759 ? SSS 32 1962 WHANGEREI
760 ? NZRF Oct-97 54 1930'S - 1940'S TANGAHOE VIADUCT
762 ? TSOS 36 1966 Kaikoura Coast
762 Y TSOS 65 1966 Kaikoura Coast
773 ? NZRF Mar-95 45 1960'S NEWMARKET
773 Y NZMRJ Feb-91 24 ? ?
776 ? SIMT Jun-05 117 1957 Blenheim
776 Y NZMRJ Oct-96 31 1957 AYLESBURY
777 ? NZMRJ Jun-04 43 1966 Kurow
777 N NZRF Dec-95 49 1937 DUNEDIN
778 ? TSOS 61 1969 Darfield
778 ? TSOS 56 1970 Heathcote
778 N NZRF Oct-97 42 VARIOUS KINGSTON FLYER ARTICLE
778 N FCB February 1968 Orawia, Tutapere branch photo 7875635248
779 N SSS 133 1958 LAUDER
779 N WL 6/04/1964 Dunedin Down Suburban, photo 103829
779 N TLD 110 08/67 Dunback
780 ? NZMRJ Dec-96 16 1957 NEW PLYMOUTH
780 Y IS 10-Aug-68 Lyttelton, http://www.internationalsteam.co.uk/tales/pics12/newzealand12087.jpg - note the number is from the caption, probably correct but treat with caution.
782 ? NZMRJ Dec-92 26 1967 TAIREI RIVER
782 N WL 7/01/1964 Cromwell, photo 103861 - note text says Ab613, tender is painted with Ab782
782 ? TLD 113 Tairei Gorge
786 ? NZMRJ Feb-95 18 1965 ALBURY
786 ? TSOS 36 1966 Kaikoura Coast
786 Y NZMRJ Oct-96 18 1962 LINCOLN
786 Y TSOS 65 1966 Kaikoura Coast
786 Y FCB October 1966 Kaikoura Coast, Photo 8001491738
786 Y FCB February 1968 Fairlie, photo 8007747375
786 Y FCB February 1968 Fairlie, photo 8010692680
788 ? SSS 126 1960 PUKERUI
792 ? FTS 62 1958 TIGER HILL
792 Y FCB February 1968 Clyde, photo 7965477438
792 Y FCB February 1968 Lauder, photo 7965490176
792 Y WL 6/1/1964 Middlemarch down goods
793 ? FTS 62 1958 CROMWELL GORGE
793 Y SSS 133 1958 CROMWELL GORGE
793 Y FCB November 1967 Kurow 1967, photo 7974956718
793 Y FCB November 1967 Duntroon, Kurown Branch, photo 7974960698
794 ? SSS 140 1966 LAWRENCE
795 N FTS 66 1971 RATANUI
795 N SIMT 1992 64 1981 Greenhills
795 N NZRF Oct-97 64 1972 KINGSTON
795 N NZRF Oct-97 42 VARIOUS KINGSTON FLYER ARTICLE
795 N SSS 11 1972 GARSTON
798 ? SSS 92 1968 LINWOOD
798 Y FCB November 1965 Kaikoura Coast, Photo 8004775480
798 Y FCB November 1965 Kaikoura Coast, Photo 8004773849
798 Y FCB November 1965 Blenheim Station, photo 8004788520
803 Y FCB February 1964 Mossburn Branch photo 7916575948
803 Y FCB February 1968 Riverton, Tuatapere Branch photo 7875961606
803 N TLD 125 09/67 Kingston
805 N NZRF Oct-97 35 1967 KINGSTON
807 ? SSS 92 1968 LINWOOD
807 ? SIMT 1992 110 late 1950's Dashwood Pass
807 Y FCB 1960's SIMT
808 Y FCB February 1968 Reefton-Stillwater
809 ? TSOS 12 1965 Linwood
809 Y NZMRJ Oct-96 30 1956 AMBERLEY
810 ? FCB February 1968 Gore school special Kingston Branch Photo 7908587228
811 Y SIMT Jun-05 114 1962 Picton
812 ? SSS 134 1958 CROMWELL GORGE
813 Y SSS 90 1956 WAIRAU BR
819 ? SSS 74 1965 ARAMOHO
819 Y SSS 82 1961 ORMONDVILLE
819 ? TLD 55 03/65 Wanganui Loco Depot
819 ? TLD 56 03/65 Waitotara
821 Y FTS 119 1960'S TIMARU
823 Y WL 31-Dec-63 Ross Up RES Special, photo 103701
824 ? NZRF Mar-95 49 1950'S PENROSE JN
825 ? NZRF Jun-95 53 1950'S NEWMARKET
825 Y NZRF Jun-95 46 1950'S AUCKLAND
826 ? SSS 75 1959 MOTOUHARA BR
826 ? NZMRJ Jun-03 15 1959 Gisborne
826 N NZMRJ Sep-09 21 1958 Waihua
827 ? NZRF Jun-96 51 1956 PALMERSTON NORTH
829 N FCB 1968 ROXBURGH BRANCH photo 7953403398
829 N FCB 1968 ROXBURGH BRANCH photo 7953398100
831 ? NZMRJ Oct-96 32 1959 OTOKO
831 N NZMRJ Oct-99 13 1958 WAIKOHU STREAM
834 ? NZRF Mar-95 44 1961 NEWMARKET
834 ? NZRF Jun-95 49 1950'S OTAHUHU
834 N NZMRJ Oct-92 26 1955 GISBOURNE
834 N NZMRJ Apr-03 15 1957 Napier Port
837 ? NZMRJ Oct-99 12 1958 OTOKO VIADUCT
837 N NZMRJ Oct-99 13 1958 WAIKOHU
837 N NZMRJ Jun-03 15 1959 Gisborne
838 ? SSS 81 1961 KOPUA
838 ? SSS 82 1961 ORMONDVILLE VIADUCT
838 N TLD 67 02/66 Mangatero Viaduct
843 N NZRF Mar-95 49 1950'S MT EDEN
 

 

Publication Abbreviations

Code Full Title Author Type ISBN
SSS Steam, Steel, and Splendour David Leitch Photo book 1869501411
NZMRJ New Zealand Model Railway Journal NZ Model Railway Guild Periodical
NZRF New Zealand Railfan Triple M Productions Periodical
FTS Farewell to Steam Tony Hurst Photo book 9781869501877
TSOS The Spirit of Steam Roy Sinclair Photo Book 723304270
TCC The Country Commuter Canterbury Railway Society Ferrymead Publication
PT Passing Trains Calendar Calendar
SIMT South Island Main Trunk Geoffry B Churchman & Tony Hurst Photo Book 0-908876-78-5
MoSotNIMT Memories of Steam on the North Island Main Trunk J A Murphy Soft cover photo book Published April 1976
FCB Flickr - Chris Bradley's photos (Kiwi yzxy) Chris Bradley Downloaded 11/2012
TFSFB Taranaki Flyer Society Facebook page J M Creber photograph Downloaded 11/2012
WL Weston Langford http://westonlangford.com Weston Langford photography Downloaded 11/2012
IS International Steam, http://www.internationalsteam.co.uk Wilson Lythgoe Downloaded 11/2012
TLD The Last Decade D L A Turner Photo Book 723304777
 

AB's with G style tenders

Ab Number Tender Date Source
688 G Apr-62 NZRF Dec 2004
691 G May-59 NZRF Dec 2004
696 G Dec-48 NZRF Dec 2004
704 G Dec-57 NZRF Dec 2004
705 G Nov-61 NZRF Dec 2004
707 G Oct-67 NZRF Dec 2004
710 G Jul-55 NZRF Dec 2004
718 G Dec-64 NZRF Dec 2004
721 G Jul-66 NZRF Dec 2004
729 G Nov-63 NZRF Dec 2004
735 G Mar-49 NZRF Dec 2004
740 G Oct-58 NZRF Dec 2004
746 G Feb-58 NZRF Dec 2004
751 G Jul-60 NZRF Dec 2004
760 G Oct-58 NZRF Dec 2004
777 G Sep-61 NZRF Dec 2004
784 G Jul-64 NZRF Dec 2004
786 G Sep-47 NZRF Dec 2004
787 G Oct-47 NZRF Dec 2004
788 G Jan-48 NZRF Dec 2004
789 G Aug-47 NZRF Dec 2004
790 G Sep-57 NZRF Dec 2004
791 G Nov-47 NZRF Dec 2004
792 G Jun-47 NZRF Dec 2004
793 G Feb-48 NZRF Dec 2004
795 G Dec-47 NZRF Dec 2004
798 G Nov-57 NZRF Dec 2004
803 G Dec-57 NZRF Dec 2004
805 G Oct-62 NZRF Dec 2004
811 G Dec-66 NZRF Dec 2004
818 G Mar-50 NZRF Dec 2004
822 G Mar-58 NZRF Dec 2004
826 G Feb-63 NZRF Dec 2004
831 G Mar-57 NZRF Dec 2004
 

Additional References:

  • New Zealand Railfan, December 2004, Quarterly Magazine produced by Triple M Publications, P O Box 44-444, Mosgiel, Otago 9053, New Zealand

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