pictures on this page are pre-digital camera days!
built by North British Works in Scotland and entered service in 1922.
She was written off in 1969 and spent her last days in
Southland. She is seen here Above; at Invercargill Loco Depot
4 pictures of Ab730 on the Ashburton Forks Railway.
pictures of Ab730 on a special running day held for her 10th
Anniversary, G43 was the back-up engine for the day as seen double
heading with the Birthday Girl!
Ab730 was the first
NZR loco I built, I wasn't sure if I had what was required in skills to
do the job so I started with the tender first to see what eventuated.
These are the only pictures I took of the build, which I am now
regretting! Below Left; The end result, One tender!! So now I had
to build the engine unit. Below Right; The boiler is on which is
made from metal tubing cylinders, cab & headstock are all styrene.
The domes were turned down out of nylon with the head light being made
from electrical condute, check valves & whistle were spun down from
the ole plastic knitting needles. Hand-rails are tig welding wire along
with the cow-catcher which is also riveted with dress making pins!
The loco was built
on a Bachmann Big Hauler which ran well for a week or 2 then the loco
developed a lean, it was to heavy & had slogged out the plastic
where the axles went through! The decision was made to get a Barry Big
Trains chassis which has proven to be the best option as it improved the
loco beyond belief. The model entered service in 2000 and around 7
months (on & off) to build,