Was this common practice elsewhere, to bury locomotives that had been made obolete by newer engines? I saw a news item on another engine recently, a steam locomotive that had been buried, discovered recently, and recovered and fully restored. The news item showed the keen enthusiasts who had restored it taking it on it's maiden journey since restoration.
I don't think you'd get away with burying obsolete trains any more. They just send 'em to New Zealand and we keep using 'em
HUNK OF HISTORY UNCOVERED
Blenheim, May 7 - Workers on a $6 million sewerage scheme in Blenheim have uncovered a 100-year-old, five tonne traction engine.
While digging part of a trench near the Burleigh Bridge on Tuesday, digger driver Waina Wynyard heard a crash and immediately told Fulton Hogan site engineer Mike Winkler.
Under worksite protocols any newly discovered artefacts have to be investigated. The traction engine, buried about 2m underground, was covered back over so it would not be disturbed and excavation began in earnest on Wednesday.
With some delicate crane manoeuvring around a fibre optic cable and a bit of hard work by DM Contractors drainlayer Darrin Meek, the traction engine was finally brought to the surface.
Opus International environmental planner and site engineer Victoria Fray said other objects dug up included some old boots and bottles.
Brayshaw Museum Park vintage farm machinery publicity officer Bob Thoms said that the traction engine was hard to date but he guessed it was an early Ruston and Procter model made in the 1890s.
Mr Thoms said the newly found traction engine was too far gone to be restored but parts from it could still possibly be used.
Many traction engines had been used in Marlborough during the early 1900s as they were the only heavy agricultural machinery available, he said.
They were used for a range of jobs from helping to establish farms through to construction work such as ramming piles for bridges.
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