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Extant Road Steam in New Zealand

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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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Steam Rollers

Location

Maker

Number

Year

Notes

1 Tokomaru Museum, North Island Aveling and Porter 8109 1913
2 MOTAT, Auckland Aveling and Porter 10863 1924
3 Tokomaru Museum, North Island Marshall 85055 1929
4 Eltham, North Island McLaren 725 ca 1902
5 Next to SH11 at the bottom of Lemons Hill
near Kawakawa acting as a post box. North Island.
Ruston and Hornsby 122112 ca 1923

Traction Engines

Location

Maker

Number

Year

Notes

101

New Plymouth, North Island

Aveling and Porter

7806

1912

102 Tawhiti Museum, near Hawera, North Island

Burrell

2763

ca 1905
103 Burrell 3130 1909 Picture taken at Weeting Rally, UK, 2018
104 Burrell 3148 1909 Picture taken at Old Warden Rally, UK, 2018
105 Burrell 3229 1910 Picture taken at Great Dorset Steam Fair, UK, 2018
106 Burrell 3259 ca 1911 Picture taken at McLeans Island, Christchurch, 2002
107 Burrell 3519 1913 Picture taken at McLeans Island, Christchurch, 2002
108 Burrell 3522 1913 Picture taken at Old Warden Rally, UK, 2018
109 MOTAT, Auckland Fowler 8270 ca 1898
110  Makaroa in the Hutt Valley, North Island Fowler 12920
111 Ashburton, South Island. Marshall 59534 1912
112 MOTAT, Auckland McLaren 1428 ca 1913
113 Ashburton, South Island. McLaren 1718 ca 1922
114 McLaren 1719 ca 1922 Picture taken at Great Dorset Steam Fair, UK, 2018
115 Robey 32701 ca 1913 Picture taken at Great Dorset Steam Fair, UK, 2018

Portable Engines

Location

Maker

Number

Year

Notes

201

Burrell 1475 1890

Picture taken at Old Warden Rally, UK, 2018

202 Kauri Museum at Matakohe, North Island Davey Paxman 20428 1922
203 Kauri Museum at Matakohe, North Island Garrett 1906
204 Ashburton, South Island Marshall 4483 1879
205 MOTAT, Auckland Marshall 41306 1904
206 MOTAT, Auckland Marshall ?
207 Paeroa Historical Maritime Park, North Island Ruston Proctor 23494 ca 1899


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.

North Island

Steam Traction Society Inc, Feilding http://www.steamtraction.org.nz/ (Great Manawatu Steam Fair)

South Island

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

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