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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 3, Issue 11 (March 1, 1929)

Our Magazine

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Our Magazine

The opinion of our Magazine held by those outside the service should prove interesting to members of the staff. For that reason we are reproducing some recent comments by representative men and publications.

The New Zealand Railways Magazine is to be congratulated on maintaining a high standard of literary and technical work produced in a pleasing form. The June issue welcomes back to the Railways Mr. H. H. Sterling as General Manager, and it is clear that, as far as the Railways are concerned, the appointment is a very popular one. In addition to articles of special interest to those who work and use the railways there are some historical contributions of merit; the speech of James Edward Fitzgerald in 1862 on the question of Peace or War with the Maoris is magnificent and has a much wider application to-day. The issue is profusely and excellently illustrated.—The N.Z. Highway. (Official organ of the New Zealand Workers Educational Association.)

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I have been very much interested in watching the steady progress of the New Zealand Railways Magazine and would offer you my hearty congratulations upon the general excellence both of its matter and style. I am, of course, particularly interested in New Zealand, as I had opportunities in connection with the Royal Commission on Railways in 1924 of studying conditions in that beautiful Dominion, and of realising to the full what wonderful publicity opportunities were available.— Mr. C. Travis, Associate Editor, Railway Gazette, London.

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There are few more interesting or better produced monthlies in the Dominion now than the New Zealand Railways Magazine, and the July issue is a particularly bright one. There is much in it that should interest not only the railwayman, but also the general reader. The article on a “Locomotive Stable,” for instance, is instructive and throws much light upon a little-known department of the service.—N.Z. Truth.

I have shewn the New Zealand Railways Magazine to distinguished people of almost every country—to Englishmen, Canadians, South Africans, Australians, New Zealanders, Americans (North and South), Frenchmen, Germans, Italians and others—and they have all spoken in most flattering terms of the general excellence of the publication.

The articles are always interesting (never too long) whilst the photographic subjects (selected always with an eye to the beautiful as well as the practical) are splendidly reproduced. In the latter respect the New Zealand illustrated journals are the finest in the world—the Railways Magazine ranking level with the very best of them. The Magazine is a credit to all concerned in its production.—Mr. F. A. Horni-brook, London (author of the Culture of the Abdomen, etc.).

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Please permit me to say that the New Zealand Railways Magazine is read with great interest each month in our office, and I want to congratulate you on presenting such a splendid publication to the public and your employees.—Mr. K. D. Pulcipher, Editor, The Pennsylvania News, Chicago.

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In the small world of Government publications here and in Australia, the New Zealand Railways Magazine stands alone. It is a magazine in the real sense of the word. It has all the punch, pep and “newsiness” of a real bookstall magazine.

This is surely remarkable for a Government publication, the chief attribute of which, we have always understood, is to be as dry and dull as an empty beer barrel. And, if possible, more so.— From the February, 1929, issue of Aussie.