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Warwick Annear NZR DM556 Cyclops

The NZR DM/D electric multiple units were ordered in 1936 and built by English Electric.

Warwick Annear NZR DM556 Cyclops

The first six DM motor cars and D trailers entered service in 1938. Due to traffic growth, three more DM cars and two more D trailers were ordered in 1942 and placed into service in 1946. Forty more DM cars and 71 D trailers were ordered in 1946 and supplied from 1949 onwards for the expansion of the Wellington suburban services (the Wellington - Upper Hutt line).

The DM motor cars have 54 seats and D trailers have 70 seats. The most famous member of the class, DM 556 'Cyclops', is a three-car unit (D-DM-D). Its restoration earned TranzMetro a "Business in Conservation" award from the New Zealand Department of Conservation and the Wellington Conservation Board in 2006.

Here we see a rather dirty 'Cyclops' waiting at Melling in its original 'Midland Red' livery, before refurbishment, and before the high visibility yellow ends were added.

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).

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