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The South Island 87-89

Some shots from the South Island of NZ. Most of these were taken during my time at university in Dunedin 87-89, during which time the 1969 vintage Mitsubish tri-bo DJ locos which spelt the end for South Island (and indeed NZ) steam, were being themselves phased out.

All images are scanned from Fuji 100 prints. All photos by Darryl K Bond. Feel free to use for non-profit purposes provided you credit the photographer.

Click on the thumbnail for the full size image. All are approx 50-100kb jpeg files.


Trple DJ locos. led by 3228, head the Southerner express northwards towards Studholme on 24/12/88. This creek, normally a trickle, flooded a few years earlier up to the bottom of the girders. 3djstudz.jpg
DJ3390 and 3499 head the Southerner northward past the big curve near Seacliff on 24/3/89. bigcurve.jpg
train 144, the northbound Southerner was often used for loco balancing between Dunedin and Oamaru on Mondays, usually with a DF (and later DX) added. Flying Tomato DF 6012 joins the normal two DJs here at the 'big cutting' above Port Chalmers on 12/8/88. bigcut.jpg
A 'mixed up' southbound Southerner passes the 'big cutting' in early 1988. The trains ran in this state for a few months while the cars were upgraded and repainted in the dark blue as seen in the above shots. bigcutsth.jpg
A Monday Southerner passes Pelichet Bay on 25/7/88 dfdjdjdn.jpg
Early 1989 and a long northbound train prepares to depart Dunedin with DF 6070 and DJ 3171 at the head. dfdjnitedn.jpg
DF 6104 and DJ 3424 wait with a southbound train on the evening of 26/7/88. As the trains became longer, they overflowed the confines of Dunedin Yard, sometimes extending up this embankment and over Anderson's Bay Road. dfdjnitednsth.jpg

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