New Zealand steam. Ab608 was built in 1915 in the New Zealand Railway shops In Christchurch. The locomotive was eventually named for the World War I battle in which the most Kiwis died in honor of those railway workers who perished during the Great War...the only NZ locomotive that received a name.
The trim Pacific served right through to the end of steam and was donated in 1967 for preservation. In 1993 it was leased to current operator Steam Incorporated who lovingly restored it to operating condition. It is seen here on the turntable lead at Taihape on the North Island, the turnaround point for an excursion from Paekakariki. The 3'6" gauge electrified main line of what is now KiwiRail can be seen in the background.
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