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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 2, Issue 5 (September 1, 1927)

By Those Who Like Us

page 41

By Those Who Like Us

From the Colonel Commandant, Central Military Command, to the District Traffic Manager, Wanganui:-

The transport arrangements made by the Railway Department were very good and the careful manner in which the shunting of horse trucks was carried out was much appreciated by all ranks.

From the Secretary, The Royal Agricultural Society of New Zealand, to the Railway Board:-

At the Annual Meeting of this Society I was instructed to convey the warm appreciation of members at the business-like manner in which Royal Show stock was transported to and from Auckland at the last Royal Show, and also to express appreciation of the courtesy extended to exhibitors by the various railway officials concerned.

Mr. W. H. Wood of the Oxford University Press, writes to the Railway Board as follows:-

I wish to express my appreciation for the courtesy, the good attention, and useful help, afforded me by the officer in charge of the “B” goods shed at Invercargill in connection with my luggage which, with myself, arrived by the S. S. “Moeraki” on the 8th June. By the assistance of the officer mentioned, and members of his staff, I was saved considerable trouble and delay. Also on the passenger platform I found readiness to assist me when making inquiries in the same matter.

From Mr. W. J. Knell, Greytown, to the Railway Board:-

I have pleasure in reporting that in connection with the transport of my furniture and effects (a consignment consisting of 96 packages) from Picton to Greytown, the goods were handled most carefully, and with a minimum of delay, arriving at their destination without a single breakage-a fact that speaks well for the efficiency of those responsible. Through the kindly advice of Mr. W. J. Foote, Stationmaster-in-Charge, Picton, the goods were handled solely by the railways and I wish specially to mention Mr. Foote's courtesy and the assistance rendered by him.

Wholesale Transport.

Three farming families residing in the Feilding district decided to change the scene of their operations to Putaruru. They consulted the Railways about ways and means, and after brief negotiation a special train for their conveyance was arranged. It consisted of 25 vehicles, viz.:-16 cattle wagons, 3 double-bogie wagons (for motor cars and implements), 2 open wagons, and 3 box wagons (for general household goods), besides a car for the eight adults and eight children comprising the families concerned.

How satisfactory were the arrangements made and how pleased were the settlers with the service rendered the following letter fully indicates:-

The Stationmaster,

Dear Sir, -

Messrs. Bryant and Nicholson, who had the special train to Putaruru, expressed to me their satisfaction and pleasure at the manner in which the Department-and you, Sir, especially-had arranged for the comfort of the families and care taken of the stock on the way up. Mr. Bryant wished me to tell you the actual travelling was accomplished without a hitch, and asked me to express to you their thanks for the care and time taken by you over this journey and also the attention shown them by the others all along the route.

Yours faithfully,

(Sgd.)W.A. Limbrick.