28 Gladstone Street, Feilding New Zealand
06 323 5444



DSA class locomotive was a type of 0-6-0DM diesel-mechanical locomotives built by three different manufacturers: W. G. BagnallHunsletMitsubishi Heavy Industries, and Vulcan Foundry for the Drewry Car Co. They were built between 1953 and 1967

Following on from the success of the initial batch of DS class 0-6-0DM shunting locomotives, NZR management decided to acquire further locomotives of this type. These locomotives would be similar to the DS class and would be allocated to the major centres where they would be used primarily as shunting locomotives. As they would be slightly heavier these locomotives were allocated the DSA classification.[1]

Designated as model A-2, these locomotives were built by the Vulcan Foundry of English Electric for the Drewry Car Company. They weighed 29.5 tons ready for service and were powered by a Gardner 8L3 diesel engine producing 204 hp. The driving wheels were 39¾”, the same size as that of the DS class.

To see what restoration and maintenance has been completed since Dsa227 came to FDSRS, have a look at the restoration.


2425/D174   built 1954 at Vulcan Foundry to DSA.227 (0-6-0)
DSA.  227   in service 12/1953  (livery:NZGR Carnation/Midland Red)
DSA.  227   renumbered c1978 to DSA320
DSA   320   w/off 02/1982 at Oringi
DSA   320   owned by  Feilding & District Steam Railway Society

Dsa227 has arrived at FDSR and operates quite well. Photo taken before March 2002 by Stan Jenkins.
Dsa227 operating in the depot in 2008. Photo by David Sullivan.
Dsa227 in front of the Carriage shed, ready for it’s next shunt. 12 July 2008
Parked at the Loading Bank. 5th July 2008
Inside of the cab. 12 July 2008
Inside of the cab. 12 July 2008
Inside of the cab. 12 July 2008
Dsa227 operating in the yard just outside the depot. Photo by Mike Higgie.