Diesel locomotive

Locomotive details

  • Locomotive road number: Da 1410
  • Designed by: General Motors, Electro-Motive Division, La Grange, Illinois, USA
  • Built by: General Motors Diesel Ltd., London, Ontario, Canada
  • Date Built: 1955.
  • Builders Number: A800
  • Builders Model: G12U6
  • GMDL Order Number: C-194-11
  • Date entered NZGR service: November 1955
  • Was one of the first NZR locomotives painted in the "fruit salad" paint scheme during early 1978. Renumbered to DA 126 with the introduction of TMS numbering system in 1979
  • Written off NZRC books: April 1988, with ownership transferred to Steam Inc.
  • Began excursion operation (along with DA 345) in September 1988
  • Current status: main line operational.
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  • Wheel Arrgt: A1A-A1A with EMD "flexi-coil" truck
  • Driving Wheel Dia: 40 inches
  • Idler Wheel Dia: 33 inches
  • Engine: EMD 12-567C
  • Horsepower (engine): 1425hp at 835 rpm
  • Horsepower (traction): 1310hp (input to main generator)
  • Main Generator: EMD D12
  • Traction Motors: EMD D19
  • Air Compressor: Air cooled Gardner-Denver model WXO
  • Air Brake Schedule: WABCO 6SL
  • Total Weight: 80.5 tonnes
  • Fuel Tank Capacity: 660 Imp. Gals
  • Water Capacity: 170 Imp. Gals
  • Length Over Pulling Faces: 46 feet 3 inches



Built in Canada Da1410 was operated by NZR from 1955 to 1988.  From 1988 to 1990 it was operated on the main line by Steam Incorporated.  Usually partnered with Da1431.  During this period it was out of service for about seven years, during which time a number of items were overhauled or repaired.  These included bodywork, exhaust manifolds, the cab interior, the 6SL brake system, brake cylinders and rigging, and installation of the vigilance system.  It was test run on the main line in June 1997 and was subsequently recertified for main line operation. From 1998 it was leased to the Glenbrook Vintage Railway for operation on the GVR and also for Railway Enthusiast Society main line excursions. After an engine issue in 2005 it was put into storage at Glenbrook and eventually towed back to Paekakariki in June 2014 along with steam loco J1234.

After an extensive and prolonged restoration by Steam Inc team at Paekakariki it ventured out on the main line in passenger service hauling the soth bound sectors of the "Light the Night" trains on 1st August 2020.

GM EMD diesel engine Da1410 at Paekakariki Jan 2020

Da1410 At Paekakariki Jan 2020
















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