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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 3, Issue 7 (November 1, 1928)


Mr. F. Vogel, of Kogarah, New South Wales, who has kindly favoured us with the following interesting historical account of the railway gauge question in Australia, has had a long and distinguished railway career. He arrived in New Zealand in 1863, and in January, 1864, joined the 3rd Company of the 3rd Waikato Regiment for service in the Maori War. Leaving New Zealand in 1873 he joined the railway service in Australia, in 1875, and retired in 1916 after 41 years’ service—37 of which were spent on the Railway Commissioners’ personal staffs. Mr. Vogel has contributed largely to the various railway publications in Australia, one of which—the “Railway Budget” (now known as “The Staff”)—he edited for 12 years. His wide knowledge of the inner history of the subject makes his article of particular interest.