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This is a list of jargon
commonly used by railfans
- Bobtail: WW class locomotives before rebuilding.
- Elephant-style: A lashup of multiple locomotives with all units facing forward.
- 'En and chicken: N and M class steam locomotives coupled together. 'En, an abbreviation of 'hen', refers to the larger N class locomotive, and chicken refers to its underpowered M class assistant.
- Fiats: NZR RM class 88 seater railcars.
- Flying Tomato: simpler version of the Fruit Salad livery, with grey replaced with red.
- Fruit Salad: NZR red and grey livery with yellow highlights, also known as International Orange.
- Foamer: A railfan, particularly one whose enthusiasm appears excessive.
- Grass Grubs: 88 seater railcars that were converted to carriages for locomotive haulage. Their name came from their green livery.
- Gull Roost: the Onerahi Branch's 323-metre-long bridge across the harbour in Whangarei. Named due to the large number of gulls that roosted there. The branch closed in 1933 and the bridge no longer exists.
- International Orange: livery of yellow, orange/red and grey, more popularly known as "Fruit Salad".
- Longest xylophone in the world: former road/rail bridge on the now-closed portion of the Ross Branch south of Hokitika, named for the loud rattling its planks made.
- "Pearson's Dream: E 66, nicknamed after its designer, G. A. Pearson, as it did not fulfill his ambitions.
- Popsicle: 1970s orange and yellow DX class livery (also known as "Clockwork Orange" and "Tropical").
- Pullet: M class, named for their lack of pulling power in comparison to other classes.
- The Sergeant: ED electric locomotive 101, so called because of the three stripes on the body.
- Skippy: Toll-liveried locomotive. Derived from Skippy the Bush Kangaroo, as Toll is an Australian company.
- Units: electric multiple units.
- Water bottle: Tank car filled with water, used behind preserved steam locomotives.
- ^ a b c d David Jones, Where Railcars Roamed: The Railcars Which Have Served New Zealand Railways (Wellington: Wellington Tramway Museum, 1997), 22.
- ^ a b Eric Heath and Bob Stott, Classic Railcars, Electric and Diesel Locomotives of New Zealand: Volume Two (Grantham House: Wellington, 1993), 34.
- ^ a b Geoffrey B. Churchman and Tony Hurst, The Railways of New Zealand: A Journey Through History (Auckland: HarperCollins, 1991), 58.
- ^ a b Timotheus Frank, "Canterbury Railscene", accessed 26 May 2008.
- ^ Department of Conservation, "Awards honour efforts to protect our cultural and natural heritage", published 10 August 2006, accessed 22 January 2008.
- ^ Sean Millar, From A to Y Avoiding I: 125 Years of Railway Motive Power Classification in New Zealand (New Zealand: Sean Millar, 2001), 35.
- ^ a b Churchman and Hurst, The Railways of New Zealand, 144.
- ^ Marcus Lush, "The Grand Finale", Off the Rails: A Love Story (New Zealand: Television New Zealand and Jam TV, 2005), DVD.
- ^ Churchman and Hurst, The Railways of New Zealand, 100.
- ^ Churchman and Hurst, The Railways of New Zealand, 70.
- ^ Churchman and Hurst, The Railways of New Zealand (Auckland: HarperCollins, 1991), 22.
- ^ Churchman and Hurst, The Railways of New Zealand, 189.
- ^ New Zealand Film Unit, KB Country, 1968.
- ^ Churchman and Hurst, The Railways of New Zealand, 193.
- ^ J. D. Mahoney, Kings of the Iron Road: Steam Passenger Trains of New Zealand (Palmerston North: Dunmore Press, 1982), 105.
- ^ Heath and Stott, Classic Railcars, Electric and Diesel Locomotives, 20.
- ^ W. N. Cameron, Rimutaka Incline: Extracts from "A Line of Railway" (Wellington: New Zealand Railway and Locomotive Society, 1992), 83.
- ^ Churchman and Hurst, The Railways of New Zealand, 179.
- ^ Jones, Where Railcars Roamed, 13.
- ^ Jones, Where Railcars Roamed, 14.
- ^ Tony Hurst, Farewell to Steam: Four Decades of Change on New Zealand Railways (Auckland: HarperCollins, 1995), 81.
Published - March 2009
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