British Thomson-Houston survivor in New Zealand

The only remaining diesel loco supplied by British Thomson-Houston (BTH) still in service anywhere in the world is in use with Alliance Group in New Zealand, where it works as a shunter at their Pukeuri Works, north of Oamaru, on the South Island. 

The loco – DSC 2067 – was delivered 60 years ago, in July 1959, as New Zealand Railways (NZR) number 406.

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DSC 2067 seen at the Alliance Group’s Pukeuri Works on March 12. The loco has been repainted in Alliance Group livery. PHIL BARNES

It was withdrawn by 1989, along with all the other 18 British-built DSC locos, but uniquely survived, being bought by the NZ Dairy Group to shunt its Waharoa cool stores.

All the others were scrapped by 1990.

Read more in the July 2019 issue of The RM – on sale now!

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Sam Hewitt