At http://www.trainweb.org/loggingz/kitson.html,a comprehensive website operated by John Garner, there are two locomotives of interest to us. One is Kitson T53, with the illustration on the previous page (reproduced by courtesy of John) and the following details:

Built 1879 in Leeds - Wheel  diameter 27 inches - Gauge 3 ft 6 in   

Cylinders two, 6 ¼ in x 12 in - Pressure 100 psi

History of T53:

Street tramway locomotive -

1879(?) - 1883 David Proudfoot, Dunedin (who sold out to the next owners)

1883 - 1884 Dunedin City & Suburban Tramways

1896             Gibson and Lee, Burnwell Colliery, South Otago

1899 - 1905 Komata Reefs Goldmining Co.

1907 - 1908 Kaipara Timber Co.

1911 - 1912 Woolsey Allen, Dargaville

1913 - 1914 Kauri Timber Co., Motutau (where the photo was taken)

1914 - 1915 Moody & Sly, Whangarei

1918 - 1919 King Bros., Opua

1924 - 1925 King Bros., Opahi


The other locomotive, Kitson T12  with no illustration, has the following details:

Built 1879 in Leeds - Wheel  diameter 27 inches - Gauge 3 ft 6 in   

Cylinders two, 6 ¼ in x 12 in - Pressure 100 psi

History of T12:

STREET TRAMWAY LOCOMOTIVE

1879 - 1883 David Proudfoot, Dunedin

1883 - 1884 Dunedin City & Suburban Tramways No.4

1905 - 1908 Kaipara Timber Co., Omana

1915 - 1917 Kaipara Timber Co., Omana

1923 - 1924 King Bros., Kohukohu

????           DUMPED ON MUD FLATS OF THE HOKIANGA HARBOUR

What a thing to do to a hard working old lady!!

Is it possible that other parts of her - such as coupling rods - are still around?

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