Built in 1878 the Rogers Locomotives arrived in New Zealand the following year, from Paterson, New Jersey, USA. Firstly they were used on the express service between Christchurch and Dunedin. Then they were operated on the Southland Region, principally on the Invercargill/Kingston and also the Waimea Lines. These lines linked at Elbow (later known as Lumsden). At Kingston the Locomotives were able to connect with the ‘Earnslaw’ for transfer of passengers and freight.
It was while working the Waimea Line that these locomotives gained a reputation for putting up some sleek times and acquired the name that has stood the test of time – ‘Kingston Flyer. They had the ability to attain quite high speeds while still being capable of moving a respectable tonnage.
A straight passenger only service began in Nov 1902 between Gore & Kingston. Taking approx 3 and a 1/2 hours, stopping at all 18 stations, as needed.
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