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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 1, Issue 7 (December 15, 1926)

A Wonderful Record

A Wonderful Record.

What is probably a world's record for railway travel is that established by Mr. William Paris, who travelled five million miles during his 28 years of service as a sleeping car attendant on the London. Midland and Scottish Railway. Expressed in terms of distance, the mileage covered is equal to 200 circuits of the earth, or 10 return trips to the moon—with about two hundred thousand miles to spare. Mr. Paris worked on the Euston-Aberdeen and Euston-Inverness lines on an average of 51 weeks a year, and missed only two journeys throughout the years of his service.

Forty-two thousand homing pigeons, occupying seven railway trucks, were recently despatched from London by the London and North Eastern Railway. The birds were consigned to bird fanciers for liberation at distant points.