Reciprocal Railcar Info

We are going to visit New Zealand with this post, but keeping things relevant to the Savannahlander, we will feature a Kiwi Railcar.

The local Savannahlander staff are very proud of our railcar units, they (mostly) seem to just keep going on their reasonably arduous 850 km round trip each week. Some of the company directors are based over in New Zealand, and can only infrequently enjoy being in the presence of our units. For one of directors, this is not such a big issue, as he has his own Railcar to admire. Don Selby is our Finance Director, and he heads up the Pahiatua Railcar Society Incorporated, in the Wairarapa District, north of Wellington.

Don’s group have recently completed the restoration of an ex NZR Standard Railcar: RM31. This unit is currently undergoing its accreditation inspections and trials, which has seen it running around on the local mainlines, ¬†which is a great achievement for their organisation.

The NZR Standard Railcars were introduced in 1938 (yes, they’re older than the Savannahlander units) and of the six members of the class, four have been preserved. The railcars are powered by twin 115 HP Meadows Engines, driving a single axle on each bogie. They weigh in at a shade over 30 tonnes, 7 tonnes more than the Savannahlander cars. In a striking red livery, these look quite stunning running around the lush green NZ countryside.

We are happy to provide a series of images from mainline trials that we done during September this year.