DFT 7199. 16/10/09.
DFT 7199 is one of six South Island based DFT's that are assigned to general freights between Picton and Christchurch on the Main North Line and Christchurch and Invercargill on the Main South Line.
Entering service with the NZR as Df 1662 in September 1979, she was assigned to Christchurch to work general freight duties on the MNL as well as the occasional passenger service.
In the early 1980's, she received her new TMS number of DF 6110.
In the mid 1990's, she was the 18th DF to be converted to a turbo charged DFT at Hutt workshops before returning to her normal stomping ground of the South Island.
DFT 7199 is still hard at work hauling trains up and down the east coast of the South Island for her new owners Kiwi Rail and because shes a regular on Otago's rails, she's become a personnal favourite.
Heres a few shots of DFT 7199 in her natural habitiat and doing what she does best working freights along the East Coast of Otago.
DFT 7199 and DFT 7117 leave Merton and continue their trip south with train 923 Middleton - Dunedin freight. 22/04/10.
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