D143

D143

D143 was built by Neilson and Company Glasgow Scotland in 1847 maker’s number 1847. The locomotive was one of  the first of 22 D class locomotives built by Neilsons and also Scott Brothers in Christchurch New Zealand. Entering service in April 1875 143 became the first locomotive allocated to the Isolated Nelson Section. Here it was named Trout. In 1882 it became D1 and in 1890 D143. 143 was first used on construction trains on the Nelson Line and later on Goods and Passenger trains. It was transferred to the also at that stage isolated Gisborne section working here till 1911 when it was shipped to Auckland remaining there until withdrawn in March 1916. In 1917 143 was sold to the Dominion Portland Cement Company just south of Whangarei. They later changed their name to Wilsons Portland Cement Company. Here the D worked mainly on quarry trains.

D143 was cosmetically modified with a rear coal bunker and many other smaller modifications. It was in service here till 1968 when it was withdrawn. Later 143 was donated to the Wellington Branch of the New Zealand Railway and Locomotive Society (later Silver Stream Railway) being moved to their Seaview storage site and later taken by truck to the Silverstream Site in 1980. In the late 1980s a restoration project commenced. A lot of work was undertaken including removing the wheels and overhauling the axle boxes and spring gear. The front truck was also overhauled. A new smoke box bottom was fitted and most of the steam mitres were overhauled also. The overhaul was stopped in the early 1990s. Recenttly 143 was moved to our new North End storage shed where it awaits the recommencement of its overhaul sometime in the future.

Type:
Steam
Status:
Stored