Past blog posts have covered various aspects of transportation and specifically trains at, and manufactured at the Thames. See Links at end of post.
Yes, there are hundreds of books on trains in New Zealand. Thames Coromandel District Libraries has a variety to select from, plus can interloan titles from libraries around New Zealand. The core ones that provide an overview of locomotive manufacture at Thames are:
- Conservation Plan for A and G Price E Type Locomotive No 110, by Rotorua Ngongotaha Rail Trust 2007.
- Men of Metal, The Story of A & G Price Ltd 1868-1968, by C W Vennell. Wilson & Horton Ltd 1968.
- Prices of Thames, Locomotive and General Engineers, Thames, N.Z. by Bob Stott. Southern Press Ltd 1983.
- Steam At The Rainbow's End by K I Bullock. The Railway Enthusiasts Society (Inc) 1964.
- The Thames Branch, End of an Era, by Dave Nelson. 2014.
- The Thames Line 1898 - 1990, by R Brett Green & Trevor J Lees. Railway Enthusiasts' Society (Inc) 1990.
A selection of books at Thames Library
Its a rainy Thames day - so a great chance to browse a few of the railway books at the library! Did they have any Thames references?
- New Zealand Railway Memorabilia 150 Years, by Geoffrey B Churchman. Transpressnz.com 2015. A delightful full colour booklet that has photos, postcards, cards and general memorabilia featured. Reliving the glory days of the railway in New Zealand. The engines shown, need their identification numbers checked to verify which ones were made in Thames. Our Tararu to Grahamstown steam train is pictured, showing the commemorative stamp that was issued March 6 1985. (page 9)
- 150 Years of Rail in New Zealand, by Matt Turner. Penquin Books. Nelson in 1862 had a horse-powered tram service. Then along came Grahamstown, Thames in 1871 "To pioneer the use of steam-powered trams on a coastal line to its deepwater port at Tararu Point." (Page 38) The book is full of photographs, including A & G Price 16-wheeler geared locomotive designed for bush tramways. (page 23) Locomotives constructed and refurbished at Thames are scattered through the book, along with the iconic photo of when Prices released No 100 in 1923. Maybe you have a relative in this photo? (see below)
- Rails Across New Zealand, A History of Rail Travel by Matthew Wright. Whitcoulls 2003.The principal mention for Thames is on page 106, the A & G Price workshop is discussed, accompanied by an A-class locomotive under construction.
- Going By Train. The Complete New Zealand Railways Story by Graham Hutchins. Exisle Publishing Pty Ltd 2019. The development of the provincial rail network is covered, along with the Thames Line. The end of the book has a full list of the classes of Locomotives built in New Zealand, and identifies which models were built at A & G Price Thames.
- A Look inside A & G Price 1906.
- Amazing Trains at The Thames 2019 - Thames Small Gauge Railway.
- Plans for Getting the Railway to Thames. And More Plans.
- Industrial transportation / tramways.
- A & G Price Shunter Contract 1956.
- Price's Ab 699 makes a comeback.
- Price's 1909 Locomotive.
- Videos featuring Thames trains.
- Prices Ab 698.
- Kauaeranga Rail Bridge/s.
- 1990 Train visit.
- WAB 796 Train painting.
- A & G Price's Locomotives overview.