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Da1401 Maintenance

21 November 2005This GM Diesel loco is in running order. The only task is to keep the batteries in good order by keeping them charged and running the loco in the yard. We have no dates on when this DA will be run on the mainline, as we first need a fleet of carriages to …


This was the first Da to be used in revenue service with the NZR in 1955. It entered service on 23rd of August 1955. It was converted to Daa1401 for use at Te Rapa hump yards in 1971. This involved fitting a low-speed reostat control, which could be cut-out when mainline speeds were required, This …

Da1401 Arrives at Feilding

On the 11th of December 2005, Da1401 moved to the Feilding and Districts Steam Rail depot.

Da1401 – Technical Information

Class No: Da 1401 TMS No: DAA 28 Maker No: A791 Built: 1955 by General Motors Wheel Arrgt: A1A-A1A with EMD “flexi-coil” truck Driving Wheel Dia: 40 inches Idler Wheel Dia: 33 inches Engine: EMD 12-567C Horsepower (engine): 1425hp at 835 rpm Horsepower (traction): 1310hp (input to main generator) Main Generator: EMD D12 Traction Motors: …