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Rail Haulage - A.G. Price's Journey in Locomotive Manufacturing

A.G. Price’s journey in locomotive manufacturing began with the opening of the Thames-Auckland Railway in 1898. As supporters of the railway’s construction, they were able to secure contracts for the construction of locomotives for the expanding rail network. Initially, locomotives were imported, but in 1889, Prices unveiled their first locomotive for the Railways Department.


In 1903, Prices secured their first locomotive contract with New Zealand Railways, and their success led to further orders. Despite challenges during World War I and the Great Depression, the firm persevered and continued to build locomotives for various industries. In 1955, they entered a new phase of production with diesel locomotives and completed their largest diesel locomotive in 1966.


Throughout their journey, A.G. Price remained committed to locomotive manufacturing and contributed significantly to New Zealand’s rail and industrial landscape. Their legacy continues as they provide locomotives for industrial giants, government entities, and more.


A.G. Price’s journey in locomotive manufacturing is a story of determination and innovation. From their early beginnings as supporters of the Thames-Auckland Railway, they seized opportunities to secure contracts for the construction of locomotives for the rapidly expanding rail network. Despite challenges such as importing rates and shortages of skilled staff during World War I, they persevered and continued to showcase their abilities in local manufacturing.


Their success in securing contracts with New Zealand Railways and other entities led to further orders and growth. Even during difficult times such as the Great Depression, their expertise, determination, and diversified efforts allowed them to survive and continue building locomotives for various industries.


The introduction of diesel locomotives in the mid-20th century marked another significant shift in their journey. They entered a new phase of production with diesel engines, building shunting tractors and other locomotives for various industries. In 1966, they completed their largest diesel locomotive for N.Z. Forest Products.


As they reached their 200th locomotive milestone, A.G. Price’s legacy continued to grow. They provided locomotives for industrial giants, government entities, and more, solidifying their position as a reliable manufacturer. Their unwavering commitment to locomotive manufacturing from steam to diesel contributed significantly to New Zealand’s rail and industrial landscape.


A.G. Price’s journey is a testament to the power of determination and innovation in overcoming challenges and seizing opportunities. Their legacy continues as they provide high-quality locomotives for a wide range of industries.


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