Railway was looking for a large steam loco to haul coal and ore
trains, after a trip to Aussie and visiting the Sandstone and
Termite Railway, I was hooked on the Idea of a garratt.
photos of the G class at Puffing Billy and well it was ideal for
the AFR, so after getting a LGB Mallet delivered to the Railway
the fitters went to work cutting and altering things to fit. The
model is roughly based on the Aussie G Class but has had a few NZ
alterations. We have given it the running number G43 (as there
were only 2 ever built No’s 41 & 42) it has made itself at
home on the Railway but has only been test run on trains on the
old Railway and used on the odd work train building the new.
left; Dubs A towing mallet to the workshop for its conversion.
Above Right; Tanks & bunker taking shape as well as
the boiler. Below Left; Work comences on the smoke-box,
boiler & cab. The sand boxes are in place. Below Right; Front unit completed and painted.
Westinghouse pump, funnel, check valves &
smoke-box door has been fitted. Below
Right; Back unit freshly finished
& fitted to the loco.
Left; Out on a test run with an ore train on the old
Rly. Above Right; Front view on the new Railway. Below
Left; Back view on the new Railway. Below Right; Looking
down on the loco after a load test on the bridge.