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

Promotions Recorded During July

page 47

Promotions Recorded During July.

Traffic and Stores Branches.


Dick, W. T., to Grade 6, Okahukura.

Hickey, M., to Grade 6, Waihapi.

Sinclair, W., to Grade 6, Stirling.


Denz, F. C., to Grade 5, Palmerston North.

Porters to Shunters:

Clark, J., to Spare, Dunedin Goods.

Cornfoot, G. B., to Wellington Goods.

Elliott, C. B., to Frankton Junction.

Grubb, I. J., to Wellington Goods.

Elvy, P. K., Storeman, Wellington Goods, to Shunter, Wellington Goods.

Locomotive Branch.

Baldwin, R. G. Skilled Labourer and Acting-Striker, to Striker, Grade 1, Newmarket.

Clark, J. B., Labourer, to Striker, Grade 2, Petone.

Dallison, H. W., Leading Fitter, Addington, to Foreman, Grade 6, Car and Wagon Repair Depot, Dunedin.

Halkett, F. A., Lifter and Acting Train Examiner, Timaru, to Tain Examiner, Grade 1, Otira.

O'Neal, H., Labourer to Skilled Labourer, Hillside.

Stubley, L. C., Cleaner and Acting Fireman, to Fireman, Christchurch.

Maintenance Branch.

Surfaceman to Storeman:

Parsons, F. C., to Milton.

Surfaceman to Ganger, Grade 2:

Barclay, D., to Seddon.

Surfaceman to Bridgeman:

Beckley, F., to Hastings.

Suggestions And Inventions.

Berriman, A. E., Fitter, East Town. -Suggested alteration to “Ab” and “Bb” locomotive packing stud boxes.

Elmes, E. C. D., App. Carp., Addington. -Commended and awarded a bonus of £5 for suggested plate to hold braces on “J” wagons.

Farmer, D., Cas. B'maker, Addington. -Suggested method of eliminating corrosion in locomotive boilers.

Henstock, W. C., Porter, Taumarunui. -Suggested method of station names on destination boards of carriages.

Marr, A., Surfaceman, Clyde. -Commended and granted a bonus of £2 for suggestion regarding gang lengths Otago Central line.

Skelton, C. E., Cas. Iron Machinist, East Town. -Awarded bonus of £2 for suggested adjustable guard for emery stones.

Thompson, H. H., Clerk of Works, Hutt Valley. -Suggested method of heating tar.

Wainscott, H., Stationmaster, Cross Creek. -Suggested method for adjusting overcharges on milk and cream traffic.

Land Cruises.

The President of the New Zealand Tourist League (Mr. G. M. Fowlds) draws attention to what may be called a quite new development in pleasure travelling. He states that the Raymond Whitcomb Co. (who chartered the S. S. “Carinthia” for tourist purposes, and the visit of which last year will be well remembered), have arranged a series of what are known as “land cruises.” They book up special trains for trips across the American continent, these trains making stops as required at various points of interest. The specials consist of sleeping cars, some having compartments fitted with showers, etc. In addition to a dining car, and an observation car with barber's shop, library and writing tables, a special type of vehicle has been constructed called the “Entertainment Car,” in which wireless and gramophone concerts are given; it also contains a lecture platform, a moving picture screen, and a gymnasium. The chairs can be moved aside to allow for dancing.

During the summer season these trains leave New York each week, and take about eight days crossing the continent. Motor trips are made from different stopping places. Travellers can take advantage, after a week or so on the Pacific Coasts, of returning to the East by a different route. In nautical language, the stops are spoken of as “ports” and on one or two of the cruises extensions by steamer are made to Hawaii and Alaska.

Mr. Fowlds then goes on to speak of the possibility of similar land cruises in New Zealand. “Imagine,” he says, “a North Island tour in a train made up like that for the Royal Party, on a run from Wellington to Napier, the Manawatu Gorge, up to Mr. Egmont via New Plymouth, a day in the Tongariro National Park, a night at the Waitomo Caves, two or three days at Rotorua, half a day at Te Aroha, the same at Helensville, a fishing outing at Russell, and a visit to the Kauri forests at Dargaville. When more of the gaps in the railway system are closed, a similar tour could be planned in the South Island.”