At first I had thought of producing a daily journal but decided this was too onerous and that a retrospective thematic approach might make more sense.
So this first episode deals with narrow gauge steam bush tramway 'lokies', as they were known.
Many tramways operated in New Zealand for timber extraction right up to the 1960s. While some locomotives were imported for use on these lines, remoteness and unique operating conditions combined with local enterprise and resourcefulness led to a whole variety of home-grown products, both steam and internal-combustion.
A favourite theme for bush steam locomotives was gearing to increase haulage power.
BRUCE - a small Johnston 0-4-0 geared loco, built in Invercargill in 1903.
Now on display at 'Steam Scene' near Christchurch Airport.
A somewhat larger 0-6-0 Johnston, built in 1902.
A 1913 Climax on display at Shantytown near Greymouth.
A 1923 Heisler, also at Shantytown
A & G Price of Thames built many bush locomotives.
This '12-wheeler' had an articulated drive to the log bogie in the rear.