Warwick Annear NZR AB608 Passchendaele
The Ab class went on to become the most numerous class of steam locomotive to run in New Zealand, totalling 151 locomotives by the late 1950s.
In 1925 Gordon Coates (the Minister of Railways) agreed to name a steam locomotive 'in memory of those members of the New Zealand Railways who fell in the Great War'. Ab608 was the locomotive selected to carry the name, 'Passchendaele'.
The locomotive was retired in October 1967 when its boiler required heavy repairs. By the time it was withdrawn from service, Ab608 had steamed more than 2.4 million kilometres. It was subsequently given to the New Zealand Railway and Locomotive Society (http://www.railsoc.org.nz) for preservation, arriving at Ferrymead in 1978. It is currently undergoing restoration by Steam Incorporated (http://www.steaminc.org.nz) at Paekakariki, north of Wellington.
This Limited Edition print (based on a pencil drawing) is personally signed and numbered by the artist and is printed on A3 size silk finish 300gsm paper suitable for framing. The paper is archival quality (said to last for 200 years).