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Rotorua Express: 1909

Rotorua Express: 1909

New Zealand in 1909. "The Rotorua Express leaving Auckland, alongside Customs Street East." Glass negative by A.P. Godber. View full size.

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Not Galway Street, actually

Until the Auckland Railway Station moved to Beach Road in the 1930s, Galway Street didn't exist -- so the original caption is correct: the lines ran beside Custom Street East, at the back of buildings fronting that road.

NZR class "A" 4-6-2

The train stepping smartly out of Auckland is powered by an NZ Railways "A" class Pacific (4-6-2) locomotive. These locomotives were built as four cylinder, balanced, de Glehn compound locomotives. Fifty eight were built, with the last not being withdrawn from service until 1969. Also, unlike most early century compound locomotives, they had long service lives as compounds, the first not converted to simple operation until 1941. Two examples have been preserved.

Galway Street, actually.

Customs Street is on the other side of the buildings, we are seeing them from the back.

And both the A J Entrican and Arthur H Nathan buildings are still there:

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