My prototype photos from the late '60s
Please excuse the quality, after all they were mostly taken with a Kodak Box Brownie 620!
But do click on any image to see a larger version.
See also scans of my recently discovered B&W 127 negs of a visit to Frankton Junction in 1967.
(photo from the window of Standard Railcar RM34 "Tainui" on Wellington - New Plymouth run)
"Tainui" is now at Silver Stream Railway
Now as EA6001 owned by Steam Rail Wanganui
Written off March 1975.
Became TMS 25132 in 1978.
In 1978 under TMS it became 13309 and was written off in September 1981.
In 1978 under TMS it was "converted" (had sides removed) and became MCC1832.
Built in 1934, she looks in pretty good nick and was written off December 1971.
The following Nc wagon has a Ford 5000 tractor load, while the following Ub wagon has a Ford Falcon XT.
The Ford factory was a few hundred metres off to the right of camera.
Da1504 was involved in a derailment near Petone in 1970.
For a pic (on the cover) and more detail, check out the book "Learning the hard way" by Christine Johnson.
In 1978 Da1504 became DC4058 in FruitSalad.
She later carried Cato, BumbleBee, (whew, missed Toll!) then finally KiwiRail colours
and appears to be still in service (as at May 2013)
On the same train as above, some nice Uc tankers - Uc1304 and Uc1306,
I guess loaded with Diesel from the nearby Seaview oil installations.
These two became UC2350 and UC2373 respectively under TMS in 1978.