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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 10, Issue 11 (February 1, 1936)

The “Good Old Days.”

The “Good Old Days.”

We are indebted to Mr. C. T. Gibson, of Auckland, for the following interesting extracts from a Railway Rule Book of 1853, as given in a book entitled “London's Underground” :—

“Every worker is required to come on duty, clean in person, and clothes, with shoes blacked.

They are also required to keep their hair cut.

Not any instance of intoxication, whistling or levity on duty will be overlooked, besides being dismissed, the offender will be liable to punishment. Fines will be imposed for talking, shouting, hooting or making an unpleasant noise, or unseemly action by hand, mouth or otherwise.

It is urgently requested that every person on Sundays or other Holy days, when not on duty, must attend a place of Worship, as it will be the means of promotion.

The Officers and Servants are not to allow any person to stand in any of the carriages or wagons, but compel them to sit on the seats or floors.

Not any Contractor or Employee or any servant of the Company is to use any wearing apparel of a red or pink colour, as it might be the means of enginemen or others to take it as a signal at Danger.”

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