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Makers # 1203 built 1912 . 20 ton, 9x12 cylinders, 120 lb BP. 30 inch wheels T E 6000lb.

Climax 1203, built in Pennsylvania in 1912, is one of exceptional international heritage significance as one of the best preserved examples of 25 Climaxes remaining worldwide.  Following years in the North Island's logging industry, the Climax completed it's working life on Shantytown's Infant's Creek railway.

Built for the Potate Timber Co. of Matapuna near Taumarunui and assembled in the NZ Railways Petone workshops, it was sold a few years later to Pukaweka Sawmills Limited at Mananui. After purchase it continued to work for Ellis & Burnand, owners of several sawmills in the central North Island. During the 1940's it was shifted to E & B’s Mangapahei mill, where it was once again worked before moving on to their Ongarue operation. It finally finished work as a yard shunter in 1962.

It was purchased for preservation in the mid 1960's, and subsequently moved south to the site of the proposed Shantytown Historic Attraction in 1969. The intention, after considerable restoration, being to operate the Loco as part of the attraction.

This ambition came to fruition when the loco was officially commissioned for work on the Shantytown railway in January of 1980.


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