Locomotive; double-ended Fairlie locomotive named Josephine; 1927/21/1


Toitū Otago Settlers Museum


Locomotive; double-ended Fairlie locomotive named Josephine

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Josephine, a double-ended Robert Fairlie-designed locomotive, was one of two locomotives used in 1872 on the newly-completed Dunedin – Port Chalmers Railway. After about 25 years service in Otago and in the Wanganui district, Josephine was taken over by the Public Works Department for use in railway construction at various locations including sections of the Otago Central, North Island Main trunk, and Midland lines. In 1917 Josephine was sold to the Otago Iron Rolling Mills Co. as scrap but no one was keen to demolish the old engine and when one of the company’s boilers failed Josephine was recommissioned as a temporary steam supply. In 1925 Josephine was installed as an exhibit at the New Zealand and South Seas International Exhibition in Dunedin and afterwards was presented to the Otago Early Settlers Association. In the 1960s, after decades exposed to the elements on the lawn outside the Association's museum, Josephine was literally falling to pieces. In 1966 the Evening Star newspaper waged an appeal to raise funds for Josephine to be restored. School children played a major part in the campaign by contributing money they raised through running stalls, digging into their own pocket money and so on. Josephine was restored at Dunedin's Hillside railway workshops and returned to the museum in March 1968.

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Stephen Cathro 16 Apr 2018 05:27 AM,UTC

I Like Josephine I did not live when Josephine was Steaming. I was not Born Till 1953.

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