The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 3, Issue 11 (March 1, 1929)
By Those Who Like Us
By Those Who Like Us
Writing to the District Traffic Manager, Christchurch, on the occasion of a recent shooting accident, Mr. N. Peat, J.P., Moana, Westland, expresses appreciation of the kindness of the Moana Station staff and the crew of the Christchurch-Greymouth express, in the following terms:—
I wish to bring under your notice the great kindness and assistance rendered by your staff at Moana, when a serious shooting accident occurred. Mr. McCree, stationmaster, rendered invaluable service by his work in arranging all details as to doctors, hospitals, stretchers, ambulance, etc., and his assistance was of great importance to those engaged in conveying the injured man.
To the two guards on the Christchurch-Greymouth Express we are also very thankful, as with all their other work they were constantly on the alert in case we needed water or any help. The engine-driver, also, by his careful driving and care in avoiding the slightest jar in starting or stopping, helped considerably in the condition the patient was in. For 26 years I have lived 25 miles from a doctor and, during that time, have received a great deal of assistance from the railway staff (from the highest official to the lowest), but in my opinion, Saturday's work could not have been executed more thoroughly.
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From Mrs. A. M. Hursthouse, Maraekakaho, to the Stationmaster, Hastings:—
The purse which I carelessly left in the mail train on Friday arrived here to-day, and I want to thank you and your officers for recovering it so quickly for me. I telephoned twice to the station and each time the officer who answered was most kind and helpful. I would be glad if you would tell them how grateful I am. I can assure you that such courteous treatment is very much appreciated.
From Messrs. Henderson and Macfarlane, of Auckland, agents for the British Phosphate Commissioners, to the District Traffic Manager Auckland:—
We desire to record our appreciation of the manner in which trucks have been supplied for discharging 18,300 tons of phosphate in bulk from the steamers “Danybryn,” “Antonio” and “Lornaston.” In view of the great demand for trucks at this season of the year, and the large amount of work thrown upon the railways, we recognize that every effort has been made by your Department to facilitate discharge of these vessels. We are satisfied that an unprecedented position has been well handled so far as your Department is concerned.
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From the Secretary of the Rangitikei A. and P. Association, to the District Traffic Manager, Ohakune:—
At a meeting of the General Committee of the Rangitikei A. & P. Association, held on Saturday, the 12th January, your recent arrangements with regard to the provision of the Special Stock Train from Ohakune to Wellington were fully discussed by the members present. Keen appreciation was expressed by all the farmers and, as a result, I have been instructed to write you and to tender the thanks of all concerned for the efficient manner in which the matter has been handled by the Department and the excellent timetable provided. The train will be a boon to the farmers, who, my committee trust, will do their best to support the train by availing themselves of the provision.
Again I thank you for the interest you have taken in the matter.page 62