The International Steam Pages
Extant Road Steam in New Zealand
Click here for the "Surviving Steam Road Engines" index page.
The attendance of several road engines from New Zealand at the Great Dorset Steam Fair coincided with the offer of pictures of more from Phil Barnes and I thought it time I started to make a record of what would be instantly available in a country where populationwise there may be proportionately almost as many active as there are here in the UK. There are also regular gatherings whose ambience would instantly recognisable to anyone who has been to a medium size UK steam rally.
Necessarily there is a very different mix of engines, most were supplied for agricultural purposes. This is NOT a comprehensive list, I would welcome submissions to increase the coverage. There are some reference links for those contemplating a visit but frankly the web presence of road steam in New Zealand is minimal.
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There are many surviving road vehicles (traction engines) in New Zealand, Olwyn Whitehouse has sent me a list of some tractions engine related pages from his website (http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nzlscant/site_index.htm):
His site also contains an article which includes information on the Timaru steam crane.
There are a few pictures of engines from my own 2002 visit to New Zealand on this site
There are numerous annual traction engine rallies in New Zealand as evidenced by the pictures on this page - http://www.flickr.com/photos/branxholm/sets/72157621858570779/detail/, finding out about them is another matter altogether.
From a quick internet search there seems to be no all embracing site that covers the scene there, indeed finding permanent websites for recurrent festivals is a challenge!. So, please check out these major players and my apologies to those left out. Frankly the typical quality of their websites is poor (OK, crap) and giving up and using a Facebook page which is impenetrable to outsiders is a complete cop out.
Steam Traction Society Inc, Feilding http://www.steamtraction.org.nz/ (Great Manawatu Steam Fair)
Canterbury Steam Preservation Society (McLeans Island) http://www.steamscene.co.nz/
Waipara Vintage Festival - biennial in theory but the last one seems to have been held in 2016.
Edendale Vintage Machinery Club http://www.edendalevmc.co.nz/ and https://www.facebook.com/Edendale-Vintage-Machinery-Club-757185841007874/
Southbrook Traction Engine Club https://www.facebook.com/Southbrook-Traction-Engine-Club-180900582363673/
There is a magazine 'Vintage Scene' - website www.vintagescene.co.nz.
Finally, this UK website has a record of all the 79 engines which attended the New Zealand Burrell Special Rally in 2006 - http://www.steamscenes.org.uk/events/2006/new-zealand/engines/.
Rob and Yuehong Dickinson