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

Railway Training School — Visited by Acting Minister of Railways

Railway Training School
Visited by Acting Minister of Railways

The Hon. F. J. Rolleston, Acting Minister of Railways, recently paid a visit to the Railway Board, and the various Branches of the Department, also to the Cadet Training School.

Mr. Bracefield, Officer in Charge, explained to the Minister the method of training and indicated the class of work performed by the lads.

Mr. Rolleston, who showed keen interest in the work, paid a tribute to Mr. Bracefield and his staff for the manner in which the lads were being trained.

South Island Main Line Express—20 Coaches

South Island Main Line Express—20 Coaches

Before leaving the School Mr. Rolleston addressed the Cadets and pointed out to them the necessity of applying themselves thoroughly to the training which was being offered, and counselled them to take heed of the advice and instructions given. By so doing they would become valuable officers in an important service in this country.

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.