Undergoing a major overhaul for use on the main line.

Locomotive details

  • Locomotive road number: Da 1471
  • Designed by: General Motors, Electro-Motive Division, La Grange, Illinois, USA
  • Built by: General Motors Diesel Ltd., London, Ontario, Canada
  • Date built: 1963
  • Builders Number: A2017
  • Builders Model: G12U6
  • Date entered NZGR service: December 1963
  • Renumbered to DA 725 with the introduction of TMS numbering system in 1979
  • Written off NZRC books in 1988, however retained at Palmerston North for shunting and occasional mainline excursions until 2002 when taken out of service.

Photo: Doug Johnston

  • Wheel Arrgt: A1A-A1A with EMD "flexi-coil" truck
  • Driving Wheel Dia: 40 inches
  • Idler Wheel Dia: 30 inches
  • Engine: EMD 12-567C
  • Horsepower (engine): 1425 hp at 835 rpm
  • Horsepower (traction): 1310 hp (input to main generator)
  • Main Generator: EMD D12F
  • Traction Motors: EMD D29
  • Air Compressor: Water cooled Gardner-Denver model WBO
  • Air Brake Schedule: WABCO 26L
  • Total Weight: 80.5 tonnes
  • Fuel Tank Capacity: 660 Imp. Gals
  • Water Capacity: 170 Imp. Gals
  • Length Over Pulling Faces: 46 feet 3 inches

Current status

There is currently a small team dedicated to maintaining and operating this and other society owned Diesel Locomotives, If you would like to join the team contact Peter Steer on 021 120 3786 or pop into the depot on any Saturday.



















Related information


Diesel Locomotives - Information on our main line and depot shunter locomotives.