A 1162 - Aotea

Original Number: A 1162
Builder: NZR - Newmarket
Year Built: 1911
Entered Service: January 1911
Withdrawn from Service: March 1973
Length over Headstocks: 50 feet (15.2 metres)
Carbody Width: 7 feet 10 inches (2.4 metres)
Weight: 19 ton 1 cwt (19.4 tonnes)
Current Status: In Service
A1162 Glenbrook 10Nov2012(500)
-D.J. Maciulaitis - photo

Carriage History: 

Built at the Newmarket Workshops, Auckland as a two compartment first class carriage seating 33 passenger's, with a lavatory in the centre of the carriage. It weighed in at 18ton 6cwt. 

Built as a gas lit car it was fitted with electric lighting in July 1926, and steam heating was fitted at Otahuhu workshops in April 1936. 

In December 1953, A 1162 was reconfigured as a second class carriage, seating 45 passengers. Then in July 1970 it was down graded from mainline duties to a second class suburban carriage with no lavatory, this reduced its weight by 1 ton to around 19ton 1cwt. 

From what can be ascertained it seems as if A 1162 was always based in and around the Auckland area. 


In 1973 A 1162 was withdrawn from service and subsequently acquired by the Railway Enthusiast Society for use on the Glenbrook Vintage Railway. As part of the then theme on the GVR all carriages were named after great canoes which brought the Maori from Hawaki to the shores of New Zealand, and A 1162 was named Aotea. It has been refurbished and returned to service as A 1162 in the new red livery of the Glenbrook Vintage Railway.
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