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Baldwin Loco Works official photo, Wb 297, 1898

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Archival, photographic and oral history research

Research pages will be added on a regular basis, presenting findings and discoveries of primary source research.

5. Dumping documentation

Research at National Archive, Christchurch, uncovered documents detailing how Wb 292 and Wb 299 came to be dumped into Coal Creek, Sedddonville, West Coast of New Zealand. Added 9 September 2002.

4. Bunker modifications

Illustrated note on modifications that were made to increase bunker capacity for the Wb class. Added 31 August 2002.

3. Wb 299 survives scrapping

Wb 299 twice survived scrapping, at the end of first boiler life, and in 1955.

2. Wb 298 hits landslip

A report was published in the Evening Post on 28 August 1899, describing the derailment of Wb 298 near Pakuratahi tunnel, north of Upper Hutt.

1. Wb 298 different appearance

Wb 298 had a distinctive appearance. The only member of her class to sport a standard NZR cowcatcher, manufactured from plate steel.