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50 years of the Dj locomotives

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Dunedin Railways own 7 1968 Mitishishi built Dj Diesel Electric Locomotives which now in 2018 celebrate 50 years of operation. The class were built by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and numbered originally 64 for the New Zealand Railways Department with a modernisation loan from the World Bank to replace steam locomotives in the South Island.

9 members of the class remain, 7 owned by Dunedin Railways, 1 owned by Mainline Steam and 1 privately owned and both these are based in Plimmerton Wellington.

Like the interest in steam locomotives there is a now a similar interest in vintage Diesel locomotives and as time goes by many now remember more the early Diesel era than the steam locomotive era which stopped operation in 1971. See vintage Diesels operate again in the beautiful scenery of the line between Dunedin and Middlemarch.

Planned Operations

The event will focus around the Dj class locomotives but to add interest we are bringing down for the event 2 other early Diesel Electric Locomotives both which will be mainline certified and are owned and operated by the Diesel Traction Group based at Ferrymead in Christchurch.

Dg772 built in 1956 by English Electric.

Di1102 built in 1966 by English Electric.

Both these locomotives orgianlly were based out of Dunedin and where regularly used on the Otago Central line like the Dj class.

Operation on train services. (Programme yet to be finalised and times yet to confirmed.)

Thursday 18 October 2018.
Steam Incorprated red train hauled by Di1102 and Dg772 runs from Christchurch to Oamaru.

Friday 19 October 2018.
Steam Incorprated red train hauled by Di1102 and Dg772 runs from Oamaru to Dunedin.

Saturday 20 October 2018.
Morning and afternoon tourist train services will be operated by Dj/Di/Dg combinations.

Sunday 21 October 2018.
Special excursion departing Dunedin at 0930hrs to Middlemarch hauled by Dj/Dg/Di and a program of return trips Middlemarch to Pukerangi using different combinations of locomotives. Departing Middlemarch at 1900hrs and returning to Dunedin at 2130hrs.

Monday 22 October 2018.
Special Excursion Dunedin to Invercargill using Steam Incorporated red carriages hauled by Di1102 and Dg772.

Tuesday 23 October 2018.
Steam Incorporated red train returns to Christchurch.

For information on Christchurch to Dunedin services on Thurday 18 and Friday 19 October 2018 and return Dunedin to Christchurch on Tuesday 22 October 2018 contact Steam Incorporated on 0800 STEAMINC (0800 783264) or enquiries@steaminc.org.nz

For information on all other services contact Dunedin Railways (03) 4774449 or reservations@dunedinrailways.co.nz

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