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The first locomotive engine ever constructed in Nelson has just been completed at the Anchor Foundry to the order of the Takaka Tramway Company. The length of the, locomotive is 11 feet, with a width over all of 5 feet, although she is built to run on a 2ft 6in guage. The engine haa two outside cylinders each of sin diameter, and with lOin stroke. On account of the narrowness of the guage the locomotive is mounted on wheels of small diameter to keep the weight as low as possible, and consequently the driving wheels are only Ift 9in in diameter, and these are connected with the other wheel on either side by coupling rods. The boiler is a horizontal tubular one 2ft 9in in diameter, and Bft 4in in length overall, fitted with 48 brass tubes 4ft long and Ifin in diameter on the outside. The furnace or fire box is cylindrical in shape, being lft lOin in diameter and 3ft 3Jin long. The heating surface of the boiler is very large , and steam can be got up very quickly. On either side of the furnace are coal bunkers, and protection is afforded the driver toy a " cab," into which all the levers are carried, such as thosa for the injector for filling the boiler from the water tanks fitted on either side of the engine, for working the sand boxes which are placed in front on either side, and so on. Everything, indeed, has been done to ensure the engine being worked with as little trouble as possible, and with the view of the work of driving, stoking, &c, being performed by only one man. The engine is estimated to be capable of hauling 100 tons on the level, and would run 18 or 20 miles an hour, although it will not be required to do more than 8 miles. The boilers have been tested, and the cold water test showed & pressure of 2501b5, whilst steam was got up to a pressure of 1251h5. All the modern improvements have been applied to this engine, such as double water guage and injectors, whilst the safety valves, breaks, &c, are on the most improved principles. The exhaust is on an improved principle, and is found to succeed in doing what it was designed for, namely, to draw the current of heat not only through the upper tubes but through the lower ones equally The designs for the locomotive were furnished by Mr John Eochfort, C.E., engineer to tho Takaka Tramway Company, and the construction was superintended by Mr Eobert Wilson who has been engaged by tho Company, whilst the actual workmanship reflects the highest credit upon Mr Brown, the enterprising manager of the Foundry, and his employees. 'She has already been painted in the, customary colors, green pricked out with black, red, and white, and now merely requires varnishing. The Pioneer,, for such is to bo the appropriate name of this locomotive, will shortly be at work, and its shrill whistle amongst the forests of the Takaka valley will ■ speedily announce that the pioneers of that district have bo far progressed lhat they have secured I the introduction of the greatest factor in the spread of progress that civilisation has given us. We wish the new " Pioneer " every success, and trust the result of its labors may lead to rapid progress annd certain prosperity in the Takaka district. The puddle tteatner Charles Edward left rort at midnight on June 3rd, for the purpose of conveying the locomotive to Takaka, and aotne fow took advantage of the occasion to pay a hurried visit to this district. The steimer arrived off Waiiapu about five o'clock next morning, and between nine and ton proceeded up the river and hauled alongsido tho wharf. Under tho suporiotendonoe of Mr Brown, of tbo Anohor Foundry, ways were laid down from the ship, and the locomotive was got ashore in the most business-like manner, and without any apparent difficulty. Mr Robert Wilson, who is to have charge of tho engine, had prepared a flag bearing tbe words "Pioneer—Advance Takaka"printed in golden"letters on a red white and blue ground, and by the time the "Pioneer" was run on to tbe rails where sha is to commence operations, a goodly number of the inhabitants of the district had aaotfmblod to witness the iron horso. The engine looked well on the lino but & day or two Will probably olapio before tleixm is got up, inasmuch as coupling rods have to be fix und other minor matters oomplated. About four mites of the tramway is virtually in.readiness for the commencement of truffle, although thti ballasting in not complflteti, but it is anticipated that this'firnt toot on will bo aotually opened in a few d y . l'ho whole line will not be completed, honavor, lor some weeks/and the formal opening we undiTeUiid will tuke place ou the whole being fhiHhod, Having parfonuod her mission, the Oharloa.ijdwurd departed from. ■Tukaka,. and arrived jn l)«rbav.between five und six o'olook anine'evening.

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TAKAKA TRAMWAY COMPANY, Colonist, Volume XXVI, Issue 3482, 15 June 1882, Supplement

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TAKAKA TRAMWAY COMPANY Colonist, Volume XXVI, Issue 3482, 15 June 1882, Supplement